How to Not Look Haggard After a Rough Night Out

Who hasn’t been there? After a rough night, you stumble into the bathroom the next morning, look in the mirror and gasp. You think, What the bleep happened to me?! I look haggard.

Whether a late night out or too much salt is to blame, you can minimize the damage with a few tricks.

So, next time you wake up looking less than fabulous, try this.

Step 1: Hot and Cold Technique + Massage

Cold therapy to revive tired skin after a rough night
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Next time you look haggard, reach for some hot and cold water. Heat and ice therapy work magic on skin after a rough night. The trick is to alternate between hot and cold temperatures to get circulation going.

To begin, gather the items below.


  • 2 bowls
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 bottle of Argan oil
  • water


Fill two bowls: one with hot water and one with ice water. The hot water should be steamy, not boiling. Wait for it to cool if it feels too hot.

Now, dunk the washcloth in the hot water and press the cloth against your face until it cools. Then, repeat with the cold water. Repeat two or three times per bowl. Then, pat your skin dry and apply Argan oil.

Argan oil is packed with nutrients that hydrate and nourish your skin. But the trick is to massage the oil into your skin. Facial massage is one of the quickest ways to look more alert, says Healthline. Plus, it boosts circulation, eliminates toxins, and reawakens skin.

And the good news? You don’t have to massage for long; even one minute helps. See Olga’s video guide below for instructions.

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Step 2: More Cold Therapy

Next, gather the items below.


  • 2 cold spoons or an ice pack
  • 1 washcloth
  • 2 bowls
  • 1 Ziploc bag or cloth


Now, apply cold spoons or an ice pack to your eyes for one or two minutes. Wrap the ice pack in a thin cloth or a Ziploc bag, rather than applying it directly to your skin. You can also press the wrapped ice pack over your cheeks to give your face a healthy flush.

Step 3: Sheet Mask

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Now, apply a sheet mask for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, remove the mask, and apply serum.


Klavuu’s White Pearlsation Serum Mask is one of my favorites to get glowing skin. Another is 111Skin’s Bio Cellulose Mask, which works wonders to revive my skin.

You can buy a five-pack of Bio Cellulose masks for $135. Or, for a more budget-friendly option, try Leaders Insolution’s Aquaringer Mask. They’re a fraction of the price but give impressive results.

For best results, chill the mask in the freezer for 10 minutes before you apply it. The cold de-puffs your eyes and brings tired skin back to life.

Step 3: Vitamin C Serum

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Now, apply vitamin C serum, tapping it gently into your skin until it’s absorbed.


Murad’s Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum is my favorite. It contains vitamin C and glycolic acid to refresh, brighten, and energize your skin.

Or, for a cheaper option, try Maelove’s Glow Maker Antioxidant Serum. It contains hyaluronic and ferulic acids, along with vitamins C and E to nourish and revitalize your skin.

Step 4: Moisturizer + Sunscreen

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Finally, apply moisturizer and sunscreen. After applying moisturizer, wait five minutes for it to absorb before you apply sunscreen.


Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, $35, is one of my favorite moisturizers. Made with citrus, mint, and other natural ingredients, Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet boosts radiance and acts like a shot of espresso for your face.

Apply Klavuu’s Backstage Priming Highlighters after moisturizing to get your skin ultra-radiant.

So, next time you look haggard, try these five steps to revive your skin.


Suggested Reading

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  • Video Tutorial: Charlotte Tilbury’s Look of Love for Radiant Skin and Makeup.

And here’s a printable tutorial.