Take a shower—this might seem like the most obvious thing to do but when you’re that tired, it’s easier to convince yourself to stay in bed. A warm shower however, where you should ensure that you exfoliate your skin, can help slough off dead skin cells and brighten dull skin caused by the fewer sleeping hours. “Try adding some orange, lavender or peppermint oil to your bath water to refresh, replenish and rejuvenate your skin. Aromatic oils stimulate your senses and wake you up in no time,” advises international makeup expert, Ishika Taneja. Finishing off with dollops of moisturiser helps restore hydration to dehydrated skin. Also, don’t neglect your hair. You cannot beat a shampoo and conditioner routine to make you feel more alive, but if you’re pressed for time, just take some dry shampoo and sprinkle some of it on your mane and you’re good to go. A messy bun or quick pony is all you need to complete the look.
From dark circles to puffiness, late nights can really affect your eyes. To keep them looking fresh, ensure that you have a plan in place the evening before your late night, which should involve eating meals that are low in sodium to prevent fluid retention. A cold compress of cotton balls soaked in chilled cucumber water or even cucumber slices placed on your eyes can help soothe this tired area. Tea is known for its inflammatory properties so take a couple of used tea bags—either green or black—and place over eyes for about 20 minutes to refresh your eyes.
Even if you’re feeling super drowsy, Ishika cautions against missing out on your regular cleansing-toning-moisturising routine. “Make sure to cleanse your face thoroughly and follow this up with a toner. Make up for the dehydration occurred on account of a late night, by moisturising your skin well; followed by applying a sunscreen of SPF 30 or more. In addition, gently rub your face with a few ice cubes for a minute or two. This will close all open pores and leave you with a glow,” she says. For a more intensive treatment, pick a fruit (any that you have at home), mash it up and add some milk to make an instant mask. Apply it for 15-20 minutes; let it dry and wash off to reveal skin that looks like you’ve just had a facial.
Drinking loads of water can help get rid of any dehydration and water-retention by detoxifying your body. Apart from this, add in a glass of juice, which gives you a perfect dose of vitamins and essential minerals. “One glass of juice in the morning with a selection of various vegetables works as a great detoxifier. It also imparts some much-needed energy into your body to get you going again,” says Ishika.
Lastly, a smattering of makeup can help you look fresh and alive. All you need is a coat of mascara to open up your eyes, a pretty hued lip balm and a blusher to give you a natural sun-kissed flush. Spritz on your favourite fragrance and you’re all set.