Some mornings are harder than others. For instance, sometimes you roll out of bed, you look in the mirror, and your exhaustion is just written all over your face — dark circles, pillow creases, and all. On those mornings, perhaps the impulse is to crawl back into bed for a few more hours, but for most of us, that's just not possible. Technically, yeah, this is what products like concealer are made for, but sometimes, you just want to find other ways to look more awake in the morning without having to cake on a bunch of makeup that your skin's just going to reject, anyway.
Now, I know some of you might not feel totally comfortable leaving the house sans makeup, especially after a sleepless night. According to a 2012 survey conducted by The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders, "nearly half of all women have negative feelings about their image when not wearing makeup." Considering the fact that, per the survey results, most women start wearing makeup around age 13, these numbers definitely make sense. It's not easy to separate yourself from something that's been part of your life for a whole decade.
And, look, at the end of the day, whatever you do to truly feel good in your own skin is freakin' rad. Whether you're all about your contours, a blindingly beautiful highlight, or just Chapstick and a splash of water, it's all good. But if you happen to be someone who doesn't like or want to wear lots of makeup every single day, or even if you simply want to experiment with some days on, some days off, there are plenty of things you can do to get all dewy-looking, refreshed, and ready to greet the day — even when you're really feeling the fatigue. Here are a few easy, more natural ways to look more awake after a night of tossing and turning.
Cho suggests using a nice facial mist during your morning skincare routine, and she says it doesn't hurt to bring this bad boy along with you during the day, as well.
Spritzing your face in the morning and every few hours, she tells Elite Daily, will keep you feeling refreshed, and it'll improve the brightness and elasticity of your skin.
According to Diane Elizabeth of Skin Care Ox, "our eyes play a huge factor in how tired or awake we look in the morning." She tells Elite Daily that "lack of sleep, poor circulation, or just plain dryness can cause our eyes to look dark and puffy in the morning." To combat that, she says "using a moisturizing and brightening eye cream at night can make a huge difference."
Cho recommends applying this collagen eye cream from Soko Glam in both the morning and in the evening. "That delicate eye area holds so much expression that you need to moisturize to give that area ample elasticity to emote!" she says.
"Do a detoxifying and energizing yoga flow," she tells Elite Daily, not just because it'll make you look more awake, but also because it'll make you feel a whole lot better before you leave the house for the day.
According to image consultant and fashion designer Eva Barrios, you can easily look more awake than you feel by wearing brighter colors, as well as some chunky, eye-catching jewelry. "This distracts and excites the eye," Barrios tells Elite Daily, so people won't even know how sleep-deprived you feel on the inside.
With these helpful morning hacks, no one will know you spent the whole night counting sheep (or trying to, at least).