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We see it in your eyes.

Getting at least eight hours of sleep, not drinking alcohol, and keeping your stress at a zen-like level is best for the appearance of your skin. But let’s be honest, almost nobody lives that way.

If, like us, you enjoy knocking back a few, consider a full eight hours of sleep a luxury, and pull your hair out from time to time, here’s how proper skincare can help you look your best even when you don’t feel your best.

How booze causes baggy eyes:

Alcohol is a diuretic, which is the medical term for “makes you pee.” All those trips to the bathroom lead to dehydration, and when your body senses dehydration, it tries to hang onto water anywhere it can—like under your eyes.

The solve? Hyaluronic Acid and, strangely, caffeine. Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule that holds 1,000 times its weight in water. Applying it to your skin helps to deliver maximum amounts of moisture, which allows the pooled liquid under your eyes to disperse, reducing the appearance of puffiness.

Caffeine also helps with tired eyes, but not for the same reason it wakes up your brain. Drink caffeine and, like alcohol, it’ll send you to the bathroom and actually increase your chances of baggy eyes. But apply it to your skin and it does something called vasoconstriction, which is a fancy way of saying that it reduces the buildup of blood around your eyes and fades the appearance of dark circles.

We don’t plan on quitting our coffee habit, so applying it to our skin sounds pretty good.

Now, let’s talk about low sleep and stress.

Turns out, the term “beauty sleep” actually has a whole lot of merit. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces a stress hormone called cortisol. Unsurprisingly, stress causes the same thing. Increased levels of cortisol can lead to a breakdown of the collagen in your skin, resulting in wrinkles and sagging. This is especially noticeable around your eyes because that’s where your skin is the thinnest and most susceptible to damage.

But, we all have late nights and early mornings. If you want to look your best when you’re lagging on the Z’s, there’s a simple solution. Applying Vitamin A or C to your skin has been shown to boost the amount of collagen that your skin naturally produces, helping to offset the damage of cortisol.

Are baggy, tired eyes one of your top skincare concerns?

Let us know and we’ll get started on your personalized regimen.