How To Not Look Haggard After a Rough Night

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Who hasn’t been there? The morning after a rough night, you stumble into the bathroom, look in the mirror and gasp. You think, what on Earth happened to me?! I look so haggard.

But whether a rough night or too much salt is to blame, you can look less haggard with a few easy beauty tricks. So follow the steps below next time you wake up looking less than fabulous.

Step 1: Use hot and cold therapy to wake up your face

Ice cubes to de-puff tired eyes and not look haggard
Ice cubes by DAPA Images / Canva

Hot and cold therapy is the first step to not looking haggard. Alternating between hot and cold water boosts circulation, giving your face a healthy glow.

Although hot and cold water each boost blood flow, switching between temperatures really gets your blood pumping.

So, gather the items below to begin.


  • 2 bowls
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 bottle of argan oil
  • bottled (or tap) water


First, grab two bowls and fill one with hot and the other with ice water. The hot water should be steamy but not boiling. Wait for it to cool if it feels too hot. You don’t want to burn yourself and worsen the situation.

Next, soak a washcloth in the hot water. Then press the cloth against your face until it cools. Then, repeat with the cold water. Repeat this process two or three times per bowl, alternating between hot and cold until the color in your face returns. Next, pat your face dry and apply argan oil.

Argan Oil by Josie Maran to look less haggard
Josie Maran Argan Oil / E. Morris

Argan oil is packed with nutrients that hydrate skin and fight acne and aging. Josie Maran’s Argan Oil is one product to try to avoid looking haggard.

However, the trick is to massage the oil into your face to boost blood flow. Facial massage is one of the quickest ways to energize your skin and flush toxins, says Healthline.

And the good news? You don’t have to massage for long; even a minute helps. Do you need to see how facial massage works? Then, check out the video below to see how Olga does it. She’ll guide you through the steps.

Olgatoja / YouTube

Step 2: Use more ice to revive your eyes and face

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. But don’t apply the ice pack directly to your skin. Wrap it in a cloth or a Ziploc bag first.

You can even press the wrapped ice pack against your cheeks to give your face a healthy flush.

Step 3: Use a hydrating sheet mask

111Skin Bio Cellulose Mask to not look haggard
111Skin Bio Cellulose Mask / E. Morris


A hydrating sheet mask is another way not to look haggard after a rough night. It’s a must-have if you want to look refreshed. So, apply a mask, wait 20 to 30 minutes, peel it off, and apply serum.


One mask to try? Klavuu’s White Pearlsation Serum Mask is one Beauty and Travel Reviews favorite. Another is 111Skin’s Bio Cellulose Mask, which brightens, softens and hydrates skin in 20 minutes or less. This mask really helps you not look haggard, and it brings your skin back to life.

Klavuu White Pearlsation Sheet Mask to not look haggard after a rough night

One drawback, however: these masks aren’t cheap, so you might want to try Leaders Insolution’s Aquaringer Masks for a more affordable option. You’ll see results with both masks, but Leaders will give you results for a fraction of the price. But how much you want to spend is up to you.

Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Hydrating Sheet Mask
Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Hydrating Sheet Mask / E. Morris

And here’s another beauty tip: chill the mask in the freezer for 10 minutes before applying it. The cold de-puffs your eyes and brings tired skin back to life. To get a better sense of how this works, think of the last time you stepped outside on a freezing-cold day. Remember how rosy your cheeks looked? Well, this trick works like that.

Step 4: Use vitamin C serum


Next, after your mask, apply vitamin C serum, massaging one or two drops into your skin. See below for some skincare products to try.


Murad’s Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum is one product to try. This serum contains vitamin C and glycolic acid, which refresh, brighten, and energize your skin.

Murad Vitamin C serum to not look haggard after a rough night
Murad Vitamin C Serum / E. Morris

Another option? Try Maelove’s Glow Maker Antioxidant Serum for a cheaper option. This serum contains hyaluronic and ferulic acids, along with vitamins C and E, which nourish and revitalize your skin.

Step 5: Apply moisturizer and sunscreen


Next, apply moisturizer and sunscreen. However, wait five minutes after moisturizing before you apply sunscreen so your skin has time to absorb all the nutrients first.


Caudalie Vinosource Creme Sorbet Moisturizer
Caudalie Vinosource Creme Sorbet / E. Morris

Next, try Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, $35. This fan favorite moisturizer contains citrus, mint, and other natural ingredients that get your skin glowing fast. You’ll also love how this cream perks up your skin, acting like a shot of espresso for your face.

Also, apply Klavuu’s Backstage Priming Highlighters after you moisturize to boost your skin’s radiance.

Klavuu Backstage Highlighting Primer to not look haggard
Klavuu Backstage Highlighting Primers / E. Morris

Final Thoughts

So, try these beauty tricks next time you wake up looking haggard. Just heat some water, grab some ice, massage your face, and apply a mask, serum, moisturizer, and highlighter. These beauty tricks will perk up your skin fast, helping you look alert no matter how exhausted you feel.

Now, enjoy your results and feel better!

Featured photo credit: SHOTPRIME / Canva

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