I hate to admit it, but for years, I would literally be asked these things on a daily basis:
“Are you tired?”
“Did you know you have mascara under your eyes?”
“Do you want to borrow my concealer?”
I may have laughed and rolled my eyes at their comments, but would inwardly cringe when friends and co-workers brought up how absolutely and completely exhausted I appeared. Part of me wanted to respond with some sort of justification like, “If you only knew how much I do and what my daily schedule looks like”…but I don’t really want to wear my busyness like a badge of honor. Because it isn’t one.
Instead, I’ve found a few tricks that help me look more rested (though let’s be honest, actually GETTING rest should be at the top of the list):
I’ve realized a routine to not look so tired (zombie, anyone??) was absolutely essential. Yes, I needed to give myself grace for a busy schedule or a forgetful morning when I’m running late, but I had to take action and make this a new habit. The necessity wasn’t simply because I wanted to look better and stop having people comment on my physical appearance, but I realized this presented myself in a way that seemed like I was running myself ragged and unable to keep my life together. Though that’s obviously false, the appearance of it isn’t good for running a business.
Drink TONS of water
Yes, I’m seriously starting with something so simple! This has not only assisted in the health of my skin, but in my overall health. It was a struggle at first, but I currently drink up to 6 bottles a day and instead of a coffee cup, a bottle of water takes up residence upon my desk. In fact, if you sneak a peek inside my bag, you’ll find a big container inside there, too.
Coffee (which is actually dehydrating) and other beverages are very tempting at times, but I’ve realized that if I actually carry a water bottle around with me, I’ll be less tempted to drink anything else. Add a squeeze of lemon if you like, and you’re good to go!
My current favorites:
2. Waterproof Mascara
It had never occurred to me to use waterproof mascara outside of the pool (actually…believe it or not, I have never used it there either). I doubt I will never go back to the regular stuff though because I no longer have mid-day raccoon eyes. What an easy and immediate fix! My under eyes have never been so clear!
My current favorite:
Best of all, I tapped into science and have been obsessed with microneedling. Curious what that is? (Don’t freak out…it’s incredible for your skin!) In a nutshell, it’s all about maximum productivity for your skincare!! By rolling the regeneration tool onto your face and décolletage, your favorite skincare is able to get down into the depth that helps regenerate the collagen of your skin (confused? Watch this video from Beauty Bio’s IG Stories). Seriously…it’s a game-changer!
My current favorites:
With these three simple steps towards change, I no longer cringe over comments about how tired I appear (yay!). And by looking rested and healthy, I put a better foot forward with clients… as well as with my confidence.
WRITTEN BY SARAH JOHNS: ENTREPRENEUR, FLORAL DESIGNER, & EVENT PLANNER