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Beauty and skin tips for the sleep deprived

We know the importance of getting a good night's sleep, but sometimes the realities of life make that a little difficult, especially during the holidays. Whether you were up all night wrapping presents for loved ones or doing something a little less altruistic, like painting the town red with friends, follow the tips below to fool everyone into thinking you got a solid eight hours of beauty sleep:

De-puff those eyes

Our eyes often are the first of our features to give away that we hardly slept a wink, and puffiness is usually the main culprit. A cooling substance applied to the eye area, however, can help deflate the situation. Try leaving sliced cucumbers on your eyes for 5 minutes, or apply a small dab of chilled aloe vera gel under each eye. Two chilled spoons placed over your eyes (with the rounded sides against your eyelids) can also reduce puffiness, trust us. Just don't fall asleep while you're laying there with cucumber or spoons over your eyes! 

Hydrate, like a lot 

When you skip on snoozing, your skin can become dehydrated and dry. Take a two-step approach to getting your skin's moisture levels back up. First, chug some water to replenish your system. Next, moisturize with a balancing and fast-acting cream, like the ELEMS SOS Emergency Cream. Our tried-and-true formula restores your complexion's radiance and suppleness in a flash. 

Create a faux glow 

A good night's rest gives you a beaming complexion in the morning, but if you're a little strategic with your skincare and makeup, you can give yourself a faux glow and no one will no the wiser. Start by applying the ELEMIS Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, which energizes and instantly brightens skin. Then, dab a luminous highlighter powder or cream along cheekbones, across your forehead and down the bridge of your nose. Lining the inner corners of your eyes and your waterlines with a white eye liner pencil can perk up your peepers, while a swipe of natural-looking blush on the apples of your cheeks will have you looking convincingly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.