… even if you lose a whole extra hour of sleep. No one will ever know.
Early mornings are already hard enough as is, but revoking one whole hour of sleep before a Monday?
That’s just cruel.
It is what it is, unfortunately. It's Daylight Savings 2015! Sure, you’ll be forced to come to grips with losing 60 minutes of precious shut-eye, but don’t let that get you down. Daylight Savings may have stolen your hour, but don’t let it take your morning routine too.
Take that, Daylight Savings. Here’s how:
1. Prep the night before.
Fine. Call it cheating, but a head start is game-changing when time is of the essence. Plan your outfit, lunch, etc. before bed and you’ll have cut down your AM routine. The reward is twofold: you and your skin will thank you for the extra hour of sleep and additional prep time for self-care in order to make up for an hour lost.
2. Sleep slightly elevated.
Super simple and makes a world of a difference come morning. Not only will it help prevent those pesky sheet imprints (which may lead to premature wrinkling!), but it’ll also help reduce fluid retention – puffiness – around the eyes.
3. Splash your face with cold water.
Talk about an instant wake-me-up! The instant hit of cold water encourages blood vessels to constrict, thus reducing any darkness or puffiness (especially around the eye area).
4. Cleanse and brighten at once!
An Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) based cleanser (like our best-selling Enzyme Cleansing Gel, a favorite for AM regimens) gives tired skin the rejuvenating boost it needs. AHAs gently exfoliate to remove last night’s oil buildup and general dullness to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion.
5. Stash your eye cream in the fridge.
Further eliminate signs of tiredness -- the eyes are the window to everything – by keeping your eye cream in the refrigerator. (Don’t know what eye cream suits you best? Check out our guide here). The cold helps constrict blood vessels and reduce puffiness, which helps with diminishing the look of under-eye darkness and bags. Plus, keeping the eye area properly hydrated helps smooth and lift for a more wide-awake, youthful-looking appearance!
6. While you’re at it, keep your Facial Spray in there, too.
Spritz post-moisturizing, after makeup, and throughout the day – essentially whenever you’re in need of a rehydrating boost. Plus, it helps set makeup with a radiant finish so you look your best even with beauty sleep cut short.
7. Hydration is the secret.
Plump, dewy skin is often the sign of a good night’s rest. Don’t let Daylight Savings thwart your goal: take things into your hands by moisturizing well for a healthy, radiant complexion.
8. Keep it simple, silly.
Wearing makeup? Pare things down the minimum: less is more, and multi-tasking products are a godsend. Choose a lightweight foundation or mix your favorite formula with your moisturizer for easy application. (Blending takes time, and when it’s a Monday and Daylight Savings, #aintnobodygottimeforthat.) Matte looks tend to exacerbate any lines or visible signs of tiredness, so go for natural or radiant finishes.
Enhance the natural glow: highlight your cheekbones, brow bone, and center of the lid with a light, shimmery powder to brighten your face and open up the eyes. Eyes looking a bit red? Line the waterline with a nude or white pencil to really fake looking awake.
And if you really want to fake looking polished? Swipe on a bright lip. You might be feeling groggy, but no one will be the wiser…
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Pssst! Waking up early is no easy feat and for that we think you deserve a treat!
(We heard that retail therapy feels pretty sweet. Even on days with little to no sleep.)