Life can be incredibly busy, and so many of us struggle with tiredness, which can quickly start to show on our faces. While looking after yourself on the inside is more important – getting enough exercise, drinking lots of water, eating healthily, and trying to get more sleep – you might be looking for a few quick tips to help yourself to look more awake, even first thing in the morning.

We’ve got a few easy beauty tricks to try:

Concentrate on the Eye Area

It may sound obvious, but dark undereye circles are a dead giveaway if you’re feeling run down and tired. Some people are genetically more likely to have prominent dark eye circles, but as a general rule, it’s really important to hydrate the skin around your eyes.

A moisturising eye cream can really help here. Look for one with caffeine or peptides, which can temporarily reduce fine lines and smooth the skin’s surface. You can also go for products with vitamin C or vitamin A, which can brighten the skin under the eyes a little.

You could also use gel eye masks, which are perfect for a skin pick-me-up. Look for eye masks that are designed to reduce puffiness, which can make you look tired.

Keep Cleansing

When you’re very busy and tired, it can be tempting to skip your daily skincare routine. This isn’t a good idea! Cleansing is essential. Without a proper cleanse at the end of each day, your skin can begin to look dull, which will make you look even more tired.

Double cleansing is a great plan – starting with a cleansing balm to gently remove make-up and follow with a face wash designed to target your specific skin concerns. This will give your skin a nice clean canvas, perfect for serums and moisturisers.

Improve Your Bedtime Routine

If sleep is evading you, it’s worth looking at your bedtime routine. Looking at screens too late, for example, can mess with your body’s sleep signals, causing you to lay awake at night. Switch your screens off by 9 pm if you can and take the time to use an overnight skin treatment – you’ll wake up with super-soft skin the following day.

Try an Exfoliator

A good exfoliator is key to glowing, fresh-looking skin. Look for a chemical exfoliant, which is kinder to the skin (and more effective than a facial scrub). There are chemical exfoliators out there for all skin types, from sensitive through to oily and acne-prone, so you should be able to find one that suits you. Exfoliating even once or twice a week can make a big difference to the texture of your skin, which can help you look fresh and awake.

Drink More Water

It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true – drinking water can really help improve the appearance of your skin. Dehydration impacts our bodies in many ways, and it can also make skin feel dry and look dull. Even when you’re at your busiest, make sure that you carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.

If you want a more guaranteed way to look fresher and less tired, then consult with the skin experts at Koha in Berkhamsted. After a consultation, they can discuss the best course of treatments to get the results that you are looking for all in the luxury surroundings of their Berkhamsted Clinic.