Being tired can wreak havoc on your complexion making skin look dry, pale and lifeless -- and can also cause puffy eyes and dark circles. The remedy: six to eight hours of sleep a night. You'll have more energy, and your skin will look bright and clear with minimal makeup.
Whether due to long days at work, family problems, guy issues or simply an overloaded schedule, stress can leave skin looking washed out and ashy. Minimize stress through yoga, meditation or exercise (even a 10-minute walk can help) and give yourself a cutoff time for technology. This means turning off your phone, not opening your laptop and not doing work once you're home for the day.
We also suggest investing in a good luminizing or energizing mask that will help minimize the effects of stress on your complexion. It's hard to go wrong with Bliss triple oxygen instant energizing mask ($52), an effective fix for dull, sallow skin. Apply the mask and sit back and relax while the skin saving formula works its magic. You can also use bronzer to add some glow to your pale complexion.
When dieticians and nutritionists say you are what you eat, they're not lying: Your diet has a profound effect on your appearance. Not eating enough fruits and vegetables (and eating too much sugar and hydrogenated fat) can produce a less-than-ideal complexion with redness, flakes or breakouts (or all three).
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