The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested

The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested

Sometimes I wake up in the morning, look at my baggy under-eyes, messy hair, and lifeless skin, and I wonder if I ever actually sleep at all or if I spend the entire night sleepwalking a marathon and don’t even realize it.  It’s hard to constantly get good rest, and even harder to look well-rested, but I’ve narrowed down a pretty good routine to give my body the best night of sleep possible, and wake up feeling (and looking) refreshed.  Here are my tips:

Stop looking at screens at least 30 minutes before bed

Most research articles will tell you to even go an hour or two, but sometimes I have trouble turning mine off that far in advance.  All I know is that if the bluelight causes your brain to continue working hard right up until the second you close your eyes, it’ll be harder to lull into sleep.

Practice meditation and/or deep breathing

Another reason I like to keep my phone out just a bit longer: I use the Headspace app for ten minutes of concentrated meditation and centering before bed.  I also love using it in the morning, but when I use it at night, it’s primarily to help slow my breathing and heart-rate so I get tired faster.

Drink a cup of (decaf) tea

My favorite is the “Calming” tea by Yogi.  If I don’t have that on hand, chamomile will do just fine.

Take a hot bath

In the same way that hot tubs relax the body and make you sleepy, a hot bath will knock you out in no time.  Throw in whatever LUSH products you have on hand, and let the stresses of the day melt right off of you.

Read a good book

I actually like to do this while in the bath.  Somehow I’ve managed to never drop my book in the water.  The only hard part about this tip is if you’re a bookworm like me, you might want to stay up even later because …. just one more chapter, please!

Do some bedtime yoga

I use this yoga routine almost every night, and let me tell you, by the time I’ve wrapped up, I can’t stop yawning!

Diffuse lavender essential oils

I love to put a few drops of lavender essential oils into my diffuser before bed.  Sometimes I even put a little in my bath, then again on my pillow.  The scent is incredibly calming and almost like an all-natural muscle relaxer.

Use VIIcode’s “Oxygen Eye Mask for Dark Circles”

I just recently discovered this amazing product, and I am hooked!  I recently shared with my Insta fam about how my under-eyes have looked like I got punched in the face since I was a little girl.  No, really, people used to think I was getting beaten up.  A lot of it has to do with allergies, and the rest is just a pigmentation thing.  However, after just 3 uses of these eye masks overnight, I am shocked with how much brighter and lifelike I look when I wake up.  The masks are meant to be worn for eight hours – a little different from your typical 15-30 minute masks – so they suggest overnight use.  You don’t need to wear them every night to see results, just 2-3 times a week.  Three boxes is considered a full treatment, and there are six packets in each box.  The gel-like material is cooling and comfortable under the eye, which I’m grateful for, since that area is very sensitive.  There’s nothing to wash off after use.  You’re just left feeling refreshed and looking much more awake!

Highlight/line your under-eyes with white

This is a relatively new trick for me.  After I put on all my makeup, I like to go back with my Stargazer powder (a bright white powder – so I wouldn’t suggest this product if you’re not fair-skinned), and dust it on beneath my eyes.  I also use a smaller brush to pack on just a little bit of the powder to my lower waterline.  This helps counter the red in your eyes, and brightens your whole face.  I’ve found that it dramatically reduces the appearance of dark circles!

So, there are all my tips.  After many years of trial and error, I’ve gotten this down to a science, and my life is all the better for it.  I no longer look like an absolute zombie when I totter down the stairs each morning, but instead, I feel and look much more awake!  What are your tips for a good night sleep or appearing well-rested?

The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested The Bags Under My Eyes are Designer: Top Tips for Looking Well-Rested

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  1. April 17, 2017 / 2:06 AM

    I love to read a good review on products like this! Thanks for sharing love! I need to give this a try! I wake up all the time with tired eyes due to lack of sleep! I always need products like this in my life that actually give me that extra help when I need it!

    Linh
    http://www.xcapewithlinh.com

  2. April 17, 2017 / 1:42 PM

    I love those eye masks! I got some and they really do work, only downside for me was that it made my eyes a lil itchy but when ur sleeping with them on it doesn’t bother me

    Thanks for sharing!
    Kit
    http://Www.kitstanwood.com

  3. April 17, 2017 / 2:35 PM

    I also use eye masks every now and then because I think it’s important to take care of your eyes and we always neglect that in our skincare routine! Thanks for sharing these tips 🙂

  4. April 17, 2017 / 4:01 PM

    I love love love diffusing lavender! I recently added orange to the mix as well and can’t get enough of it! I am huge fan of eye masks and will have to try these! I love bringing them on a plane ride especially to help with jet lag!
    Xo, Elizabeth
    http://stripesandsolitaires.com

  5. April 17, 2017 / 7:36 PM

    Oh my, we share basically the exact bedtime routines and this comes from hard training and (bad) experience of not getting enough sleep so I basically do all steps you do, including the calming tea from Yogi, EXCEPT for the VIICODE eye masks that I really should include in my bedtime routine, so thank you so much for the tip! 🙂
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

  6. April 18, 2017 / 12:35 AM

    I’m going to need to try diffusing lavender oils! In fact I’ve been meaning to buy a diffuser. Do you have any suggestions on where to buy oils?

  7. April 18, 2017 / 5:20 AM

    I seriously just put in practice number 1 ( put away the phone for a few hours ) and 4 ( hot bath with essential oils ) because i was feeling drained and tired both physically and mentally. Always love your tips girl!

    Bisous, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com

  8. April 18, 2017 / 11:23 AM

    I want to try this eye mask! And those other tips are all spot on! A few months ago I started swapping out my phone for a book before bed and it works wonders!

    xo Megan | pinebarrenbeauty.com

  9. April 18, 2017 / 11:35 AM

    I really need to try those eye masks! I’m mask obsessed so I need to stock up!

  10. April 18, 2017 / 11:58 AM

    Great tips! Definitely need to try!

  11. April 18, 2017 / 6:38 PM

    I soooo need that mask in my life!! I’m really, really, bad at not working into the night. Your first tip is something I should definitely do, but knowing me, it probably won’t happen haha! I’ll stick to the eye masks! Thanks for the sharing, babe 🙂

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  12. April 18, 2017 / 7:47 PM

    With my insanely busy schedule I am always tired and definitely look it too!! Thank you for sharing these different tips to get rid of those bags. I will for sure try a few! Thanks so much. <3

    katetik.com

  13. April 18, 2017 / 9:26 PM

    Omg I need to try these eye masks! I always get the darkest circles for no reason. I also like to use lavender to help me relax and fall asleep 🙂

    Xx,

    Lauren // mylifeaslaurr.com

  14. April 19, 2017 / 12:29 AM

    As a new mom of two – I absolutely loved this post! And I need to buy these eye masks – LIKE ASAP! I have the worst bags – and I definitely think these could help me!

  15. April 19, 2017 / 12:43 AM

    Those eye pads look so comforting! And I love the tips including the white liner and the essential oils. I’ve just started using essential oils for stress relief and they really work. Plus they smell so good. I tried eye pads once and they feel so good. I need to get more!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  16. April 19, 2017 / 2:20 AM

    I need to be better about not looking at screens right before I go to sleep. I’m pretty sure the last thing I do is always look at a screen. It’s a bad habit for sure!

  17. April 19, 2017 / 6:13 AM

    I really need some of these under eye masks! I use face masks but it never really sits well under the eyes so I always end up with dark circles.. these other tips are really helpful! Taking a bath every night is a must for me!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

  18. Anna
    April 19, 2017 / 9:56 AM

    Love the tip about turning off your phone!

  19. April 19, 2017 / 10:12 AM

    Haha on my days I am rushing to work and need to get there early, I put these masks on my commute and do my makeup at work. Love a good eye mask

  20. April 19, 2017 / 11:11 AM

    These are such great tips! I find myself staring at my phone IN bed! How terrible is that?! I definitly need to try these out!

  21. April 19, 2017 / 5:55 PM

    These are such great tips! I need to try yoga before but and put that dang phone away! I have such a bad habit of scrolling Instagram before bed!

  22. monic
    April 20, 2017 / 12:45 AM

    love under eye masks like this I need to try it out

    Monic

  23. April 20, 2017 / 1:26 PM

    They really do work, I love products like this. It makes life easier.

  24. April 20, 2017 / 1:34 PM

    If only non-bloggers new the struggles of blogging haha. These eye masks for dark circles look super promising! I have never tried this brand before, but you have me super intrigued. I really love how you incorporated other tips to help you look slightly more alive. I think that reading a good book is another great way to get you off your phone/computer before bed. Just plop on some eye masks, get some some lavender essential oils diffusing, with a good book. So perfect, I can envision it now!

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

  25. April 21, 2017 / 1:38 PM

    These eye masks look like something I definitely need. Sometimes looking at my undereyes scare me in the morning and I’m sure these would help, haha! On another note, I need to look into that Headspace app. I’m sure it’s something the fiance and I could enjoy together 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

  26. April 21, 2017 / 4:35 PM

    This sounds very familiar to me hahaha because I know those kind of mornings!! For sure will try all these tips babe specially not looking any screen for 30 min hahaha I’m sure it will worth the try.

    xoxo
    Marcy

  27. April 24, 2017 / 7:09 AM

    I’ve heard so much about these eye masks but haven’t tried yet myself! Taking a hot bath is something I need to get more routine at doing…it ALWAYS works wonders!

    Coming Up Roses

  28. April 26, 2017 / 2:55 AM

    I tried these eye masks and loved them too! They feel amazing under your eyes!! And I loved all of your other tips! I need to put my phone down earlier…
    -Laurelle
    http://www.bellebylaurelle.com

  29. April 27, 2017 / 9:07 PM

    I’ve been so drained lately that this is a must need! I can’t wait for the semester to be over and have some free time to myself and to best of all, SLEEP!
    Jordan xx
    http://thehatlogic.com

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