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Tips to look rested

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Don't you hate it when someone says you look tired? Maybe you are, and maybe you aren't. Either way, it's no compliment. Yes, slathering on concealer helps hide the dark circles, but if you want to look well-rested without caking on the makeup, here are some helpful tips.

Hydrate

If lack of sleep is your skin's enemy, water is its savior. The next time you wake up after a rough night, take a good look at your face in the mirror: You'll see sallow, dull skin. To give your skin a fighting chance at regaining its bright, healthy glow, start your day with a tall glass of water. Follow it up with more water throughout the day. You'll be helping to restore your skin's moisture and natural glow.

Exfoliate and moisturize

Give your face an exfoliating scrub to slough off dead skin cells and improve circulation. Rotating facial brushes are excellent tools for helping to restore a well-rested look. Use an exfoliating product suited for your skin type to wake up your skin and get it ready to start the day. Follow up your exfoliation with a moisturizer to give your skin a drink that can help erase the effects of a sleepless night.

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Take care of your eyes

Your eyes are typically the first place to show signs of sleep deprivation. Take preventive steps to keep your eyes healthy and clear, and avoid the itchy red eyes associated with lack of sleep. Don't skip annual eye exams, and wear the appropriate glasses or contact lens prescription to prevent dry, red eyes. If you're a contact-lens wearer, make sure you clean and store your lenses properly to keep your eyes bright and white.

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Eat energy-boosting foods

If you're not getting energy from a good night's sleep, you've got to get it somewhere else. A cup of coffee will give you a temporary boost, but for energy with staying power, fuel up on fresh berries, complex carbohydrates and foods with high fiber content such as whole grains.

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Decompress your stress

When your body misses out on the sleep it needs, it releases the stress hormone cortisol. Take steps to cut stress by trying relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga — or maybe a warm cup of tea. Other decompression techniques recommended by Leo Babauta of zenhabits.com include taking a walk, exercising, reading, disconnecting or taking a nap. Calming your body and mind can help put an end to the brutal cycle of stress and insomnia.

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