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How to look like you’ve had your beauty sleep

Three words nobody ever wants to hear: “you look tired”. Dull, lacklustre skin, dark circles, and tired eyes are all tell-tale signs that you, and your skin, need some serious R&R. Whether you’ve been up late hitting deadlines, or the dancefloor (you go girl!), the good news is there’s an easy way to revitalise tired and dull-looking skin, and take it from meh to yeah with our tried and tested tips.

Depuff tired eyes

Up late with your newest TV series obsession? We hear you! So what to do about those puffy eyes? No doubt you’ve heard of the teaspoon trick, but have you tried it? Stash two teaspoons in the fridge, then hold the back of the cool spoons over your eyes. The cold helps to depuff and is a welcome wake up call for tired eyes.

Follow with your best under eye moisturiser to keep eyes feeling calm, looking out for ingredients like refreshing Cucumber Extract. Simple® Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm is our fave eye-candy, and helps to to reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes too. Winning!

Woman applying cream under her eye

Wake up tired skin with a caffeine fix

Need. Coffee. Now? You’re not the only one that needs your morning cappuccino. Your skin does too. Caffeine-enriched products can help us on our quest for healthy, beautiful-looking skin. Why? Caffeine helps to plump up and awaken skin, and because of its anti-inflammatory properties it can help to improve the skin’s appearance, making it a go-to ingredient when searching for the best creams for a dull face.

Exfoliate your way to beautiful skin

Get this. We each shed millions (yes, really) of skin cells per day. If left on the surface dead skin cells can build up, making skin look lacklustre, sallow and dull. Sound familiar? Chin up, because there’s light at the end of the face scrub. Work your favourite exfoliator (gently) over the skin for a couple of minutes before removing gently with a super-soft face cloth to buff skin back to its former glory. Ready. Set. Glow!

Give your dull skin a drink

Did you know? Dullness is one of the first signs of dehydration. Thanks to factors like the weather, pollution, stuffy commutes, air con, and lack of sleep, your skin’s water supplies may be running on empty. Quench your thirsty skin with hydrating heroes. Simple® Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturizer is great for taking skin from dull to dewy-fresh, so smother on and perk up your tired-looking skin.

Simple hydrating gel cream on a table with a vase, flower and magazine


We know, FOMO is real!  If you want skin that looks like it’s had its beauty sleep (even if you rocked up home at 2 am) it’s time for a little TLC. Stress, city-living, and life on-the-go can all lead to dull, tired-looking skin. Got five? Time for a DIY facial massage.

The beauty of this trick is you can do it at any point in your routine to ramp up your product’s prowess – just take your regular cleanser, scrub, serum, or face cream and work it baby! Massage is known to boost blood flow, reduce puffiness, and restore that rosy glow, making it your skincare routine’s friend-with-benefits.

A few minutes, warm, clean hands, and enough product for your fingers to glide over the skin is all you need. Work your fingertips in small, circular motions across the T-zone, temples, and neck. Follow up with a scalp massage (once you’ve cleaned your hands, of course) for added ahh!


A smiling woman cleansing her face in the bathroom mirror

Wakey-wakey dull and tired skin. Your beautiful, healthy-looking skin is back - even if you were cutting shapes on the dancefloor ‘til dawn. We won’t tell.


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