How To Look Fresher and More Awake – Top Tips from Sparx Beauty Salon & Aesthetics Clinic in Winchester
“You look tired.” It’s a phrase to make your heart sink, particularly if you thought you looked great and aren’t actually feeling exhausted! There can be many reasons why we look tired and at this time of year we all feel like hibernating sometimes, but researchers have found that people who appear exhausted are more likely to be perceived as unhealthy. This in turn impacts on how others relate to us, so it’s well worth taking a minute to find out how you can look fresher and more awake.
If you find yourself asking “why do I look tired all the time?” we’re here to help at Sparx Beauty Salon and Aesthetics Clinic in Winchester. We have a range of non-surgical solutions to brighten your eyes and freshen up your skin, which can help you look not only more awake, but more youthful too.
In this article we look at the tell-tale signs of tiredness on your face, and suggest some quick fixes, as well as your options for aesthetics treatments for tired eyes and solutions for dull skin.
Tell Tale Signs That Your Skin is Tired
We probably all recognise the unmistakable too-little-sleep look when we stare into the mirror – especially when we’ve pulled an all-nighter or tossed and turned until dawn. Our eyes are a major give-away, with their dark circles, puffy lower lids, crows-feet wrinkles and sagging upper eyelids. In fact, looking tired is a combination of the many ways that fatigue impacts on our bodies. An important factor is the effects of the dehydration our skin, which is made worse if we are lacking in sleep.
Prevention is Better than Cure
It’s an old saying, but when it comes to looking tired it’s certainly true! There are some simple steps you can take to minimise the problem of your skin looking so exhausted and protect the sensitive area around your eyes:
Contrary to popular belief, the dark shadows caused by pigmentation beneath your eyes doesn’t get more intense when you are tired. They simply look darker because tiredness is often associated with dehydration, which allows the dark circles to show through the surface of the skin. Likewise, puffiness around the eyes is a result of tired skin retaining water in an effort to keep itself hydrated.
So what’s the solution? Keep a large glass of water by your bed and drink half of it at bed time and half in the morning to make sure you stay properly hydrated. Ensure you drink about 8 glasses of water every day (the exact amount needed will depend on your height, weight and activity levels). Reducing your alcohol and salt intake will also contribute to healthy looking skin texture around the eyes.
Improve Your Sleep Routine
Getting more sleep is an obvious solution if you want to look less tired, but we know that can sometimes be easier said than done. Try to take steps to get into a regular bedtime routine, aiming for between 7 and 9 hours a night. Experts recommend that, difficult as it might seem, you should try and wake up early at the weekends rather than lying in bed because the body benefits from a regular sleep routine.
If you’re having difficulty sleeping due to stress and anxiety, seek advice on dealing with this. A reduction in stress levels will also naturally reduce the signs of fatigue on your face.
Think About the Impact of Sunlight on Your Skin
Grey wintery weather can result in us looking more sallow and tired than we really feel. By contrast, the summer months and sunshine brighten the look of your skin, making you look more awake. Sunshine will also give a much needed boost to our Vitamin D levels. Lack of Vitamin D make us feel lethargic and can contribute to dark circles and puffy eyes. While sunshine has its benefits in terms of our well being, always remember to protect your skin with broad spectrum UV protection and shield your eyes with sunglasses.
Quick Fixes for Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes can be a problem when you first wake up, but puffiness will usually reduce quickly as you move your eyelids, which will help to reabsorb any the fluid build-up around the lids.
If you still need some help, there are some quick solutions for puffy eyes that you could try to refresh the eye area. These include using cucumber slices, potato, milk, caffeinated teabags and the cold spoons on the eyelids. These techniques aim to restrict the blood flow around the eyes which reduces puffiness and gives a lighter appearance around the eye. The results are only a quick fix though and won’t last for long.
Non-Surgical Solutions for Tired Looking Skin
There are plenty of makeup products and concealers on the market, designed to improve the look of tired skin, including products with orange and peach tones designed to counteract the bluey purple of dark circles under the eyes. The fact remains, though, that tired looking skin is difficult to cover up and a better solution is needed.
Facial Treatments and Chemical Peels to Brighten the Skin
At Sparx we offer a wide range of Alumier MD facials, which deliver exceptional results to give you brighter, clearer, younger-looking skin. Our treatments include both peptides and retinols, designed to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen and elastin, making it appear more youthful. Alumier MD products can be used on all skin types and skin tones. They are also free of parabens, sulphates, petrolatum, mineral oil and dyes.
Modern chemical peels are a really effective treatment to restore you skin’s glow, softening fine lines and wrinkles and improve the overall tone and texture. At Sparx we offer the latest generation of skin peels from Alumier MD, which have proven results and an excellent safety record. We will carry out a full consultation prior to treatment and offer home care products to enhance and complement the results.
Dermal fillers can be used in a subtle way to restore lost volume in the face, including around the tear troughs of tired looking eyes, rejuvenating and refreshing the area. Elsewhere on the face they can be used to enhance the cheek bones, on the forehead, temples and brows to give an immediate lifting effect and younger, fresher appearance.
Tiredness can result in increased “crows-feet” or fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Anti-wrinkle or Botox® injections are a clinically-proven and safe choice for tackling these signs of fatigue and aging.
Sparx offer wrinkle-softening injections using a well established anti-wrinkle brand to provide subtle yet effective results that last between three and six months. Our aim is to make you look well rested and more youthful, while maintaining a natural appearance.
PRP Vampire Facials to Reduce Dark Circles Under the Eyes
For a natural alternative to dermal fillers, which will tighten and boost collagen production in tired looking skin, try a PRP Vampire Facial. Proven to reduce dark circles beneath the eyes as well as tackling fine lines and wrinkles, the treatment is designed to stimulate and accelerate the body’s own healing process. Find out more here.
Book a Consultation at Sparx Beauty Salon and Aesthetics Clinic in Hampshire
There are various options available to tackle that constantly tired look. For further advice on the best approach for you, book a consultation at Sparx. Our in-house aesthetics expert, Dr Chris Airey is available to discuss our non-surgical aesthetics treatments. He will assess your medical history at an initial consultation and advise you on the most appropriate treatment. Alternatively, book an appointment with one of our experienced team of beauticians who can advise you on the best Alumier facial, skin peel or other treatments for your particular skin concerns.
Call Sparx Beauty Salons in Winchester on 01962 878979, or use the pop-up bar to the right of the screen or our app to book online.