8 Ways to Brighten Your Skin


Hello Everybody!

I’m going to be the first to say that most nights, I really don’t get enough sleep. According to NationWideChildrens.org, someone my age should be 9.5 hours of sleep a night. haha on a good night I get 8, but as of recently I have been only getting about 6.5 or 7 hours of sleep a night! I was never one to pull all-nighters in high school, but with my new job I have been sometimes working until 11 or 12 at night (and when I get home I spend 45 mins on my phone before I even get ready for bed) and then getting up at 7 to go to work again :/ Aside from being physically tired, I have noticed that my skin has been so dry in certain places and really oily in others, as well as I have been breaking out more than I normally do. This is because the skin repairs and regenerates itself at night, and when you are not getting enough sleep the skin does not have enough time to recover from the day. During this busy season of my life where I might not be getting the maximum sleep that I need, I like to give my skin a little extra TLC! If you are a busy student, a momma with a baby, or even just have a lot on your plate right now, here are some tips to help your skin out, so it will be glowing when you wake up even if you only got a couple hours of sleep!



I love to reach for products that have black tea or eye creams that are infused with caffeine (like this one!). Caffeine helps with firming and fighting against redness and dark circles under the eyes and are especially good for mornings when you didn’t get a good night’s sleep. I also like to keep my under eye creams in the fridge so they are cool and helps against puffiness!

Using a concealer concentrate like this It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector has been my newest obsession!! It is seriously like beauty sleep in a jar! It has the perfect creamy consistency that leaves your skin sooo glowy and covers dark circles. I will start off with my F.A.B Coconut Smoothie Skin Primer, (which is also so amazing for tired, dry skin) and then go in with the concealer concentrate. The concealer lays so nicely on top!

Applying a light or shimmery shadow in the inner corner of your eyes can make your eyes appear brighter than they actually are. Any kind of light eyeshadow will work, but try and stay away from dark eye shadows when you are tired because they will emphasize the darkness of your eyes.

Adding a touch of blush adds light and warmness to your face. Even if you are going for a simple makeup look, when you’re tired blush can add that boost of colour that sleep-deprived skin lacks.

Splashing cold water on your face as soon as you wake up will help the puffiness go down tremendously! Instead of washing your face with warm water, try washing it with cold water instead… and even filling a bowl with ice water and splashing your face a few times will bring down the puffiness and add a healthy flush of red.

A quick 10 minute workout or stretching flow is probably the last thing on your mind when you’re tired but even just 20 jumping jacks and 20 squats will get your blood pumping. I love to do this yoga flow when I am tired and I feel so much better and less groggy and fatigued when I’m done.

Staying hydrated seems like a really obvious one, but as soon as you wake up drink a large glass of water and it will help with keeping your skin looking radiant.

Exfoliate!! When I am tired I love to treat my skin to an exfoliating mask, like this Ole Hendrickson one (which is sadly discontinued!). I like to pair it with this Summer Fridays mask which adds sooo much moisture and makes my skin GLOW!

Thank you so much much to my brother for taking these photos hahah XO