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Here's How to Look Rested and Radiant, Even If You Didn't Get Eight Hours of Sleep, in Seven Simple Steps

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Rested and radiant: That's how we look—and feel—after a good night's sleep. But if getting a blissful eight hours is more of a pipe dream, or you've had a rough one, there are other ways to achieve a fresh-faced appearance. We've gathered expert advice on reducing puffiness, reviving dull skin, and starting the day glowing, not groggy. Follow these seven simple steps and you'll be well on your way to a bright complexion.

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1. But First, Moisture

As soon as you roll out of bed, hydrate from the inside out—and that doesn't mean reaching for caffeine, which is a diuretic, right away. "Getting enough fluids plays a major role in plumping the skin, which results in luminosity," says Austin dermatologist Ted Lain. Swill some water, and then consider an antioxidant-rich sip with a subtle kick of caffeine, like a cup of green tea. Or go for pomegranate juice with a splash of sparkling water, a favorite day-starter for Chicago-based registered dietitian Vicki Shanta Retelny.

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2. Then, Firm Things Up

Lack of sleep leads to water retention in the face and slowed circulation—a recipe for puffiness. But gravity is your friend: Excess fluid flows downward as the day goes on. To coax it along, apply a cold compress to constrict blood vessels (subduing redness, too) and reduce inflammation, says Georgia dermatologist Kathleen Viscusi. Stash spoons in the fridge, or do the same with the stainless steel Glow Skincare La Glace Ice Roller, which feels cool to the touch. Whatever you use, stroke upward and outward for better drainage.

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3. De-Puff Lids, Stat

If you're dealing with dark circles and swollen lids, fret not. L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 2.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid + Caffeine Eye Serum refreshes and depuffs on contact, courtesy of its cooling applicator.

Shop Now: L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 2.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid + Caffeine Eye Serum, $30, cvs.com.

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4. Do a Quick Mask

If you find yourself with 10 extra minutes, Kat Burki KB5 Eye Recovery Masks are superheroes. They tighten and smooth with hyaluronic acid, arnica, and amino acids.

Shop Now: Kat Burki KB5 Eye Recovery Masks, $90 for 8, dermstore.com.

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5. Get a Move On

After cleansing, massage in a nourishing exfoliant to reinvigorate sallow skin. Dr. Lain suggests gentle sloughers like gluconolactone or lactic acid, which suit most skin types; Shani Darden Lactic Acid Exfoliating Serum ($88, sephora.com) contains both. Then feed those new cells "antioxidant-packed ingredients, like vitamin C, which are great for a natural glow," says Dr. Viscusi. Try Olay Regenerist Vitamin C + Peptide 24 Hydrating Moisturizer, which also has skin-brightening and tone-evening niacinamide.

Shop Now: Olay Regenerist Vitamin C + Peptide 24 Hydrating Moisturizer, $39, walgreens.com.

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6. Light the Way

"A good tinted moisturizer works wonders," says New York City makeup artist Marlena Orlowska. She swears by La Mer Radiant SkinTint BroadSpectrum SPF 30, which is loaded with skin-quenching seaweed extract: "It delivers sheer, healthy color." Pro trick: Use a shade warmer than your complexion, then blend a paler concealer under the eyes near the nose, where skin is often darker, to draw light to the center of your face. Huda Beauty "The Overachiever" Concealer ($30, sephora.com) is a great full-coverage option.

Shop Now: La Mer Radiant SkinTint Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $100, nordstrom.com.

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7. Swipe on Some Mascara

Beautycounter Think Big All-In-One Mascara lifts and lengthens lashes with inky pigments, and the eye-opening formula is clump-free and smudge-proof, too

Shop Now: Beautycounter Think Big All-In-One Mascara, $27, beautycounter.com.