We all know that the best way to not look tired is to get more sleep. (Duh!) But no matter how many times your mom gives you the “Sleep when the baby sleeps, honey!” advice, we know how unrealistic it can be to follow. So just for the next few months – and we promise, even though it’s hard to imagine yourself getting eight blissful, uninterrupted hours of sleep at the end of this tunnel, it happens before you know it – these easy tricks might help you look and maybe even feel a little more like your old, well-rested self.
The eyes have it:
The first thing anyone sees is your beautiful, expressive eyes … and the puffy, dark circles that appear under them when you’re not getting enough rest. So starting here is smart. Many of the expensive eye creams that promise to help contain caffeine. That’s because caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties. An inexpensive hack? Harness its power through tea bags!
Brew two cups of green tea. After steeping the bags in hot water for 3-4 minutes, carefully remove them, place on an empty plate, and refrigerate. While you’re waiting for the bags to cool, enjoy a cup of the tea you just made. After at least 20 minutes, when you have a bit of time to yourself, ensure the teabags are completely cool, squeeze out each one’s excess liquid over the sink, and gently place one over each of your closed eyes. Lean back or lie down, savor the moment, and leave on for 10 minutes if you can. Remove the teabags, discard them, and look alive!
Don’t wait, hydrate:
Drinking water is so easy, and never before has getting enough been more mission critical. Dehydration comes in a close second to sleep deprivation as chief culprits making skin appear tired and worn out. Drinking plenty of water helps skin look healthy and you feel livelier.
Brighten up (your clothes), Buttercup:
As a new mom it’s natural to think a uniform of dark clothes will be easier to manage, but reach for colors instead. Black, navy and grey will emphasize dark under-eye circles and sallow skin. Bright blues, greens, purples and pinks lend their color and energy to your whole presence.
Reach for the stars:
Taking just 30 seconds to stretch your body (inhale as you raise your arms, exhale as you lower them, slowly and gently nod your head “yes” and shake it “no,” roll your shoulders backwards and forwards, bend at the waist and let your upper body just hang) pays huge dividends all day. A short, slow stretch can change your mood, improve the way you carry yourself, and put a spring in your step.
Take a moment:
Put things in perspective. Sometimes it helps to stop what you’re doing for a few seconds, take a deep breath and remember that when you have a new baby and aren’t sleeping enough, the days can seem loooong. But the years really do fly by. You won’t feel this tired for much longer.