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Sleep deprivation is a very real problem in Singapore. We’re not making this up – a study by scientists from University of Michigan has found that Singaporeans sleep the least among the countries that were surveyed. The study was published in the Science Advances journal in March this year.

The lack of sleep has obvious impact on our health; it also makes us look less than our best. Inadequate rest can make our skin look dull and fatigued, cause the appearance of dark eye circles, and our lips pale and lifeless.

If you’re tired (no pun intended) of hearing people asking you if you’ve been sleeping late, and if you’ve been feeling low in energy, it’s definitely time to catch up on sleep. But while you try to repay your sleep debt, we have some skincare and makeup recommendations that can help you tide through those sleepy, sleepy days.

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4 skincare products that perk up tired-looking skin

1. Lancome Energie de Vie Liquid Care

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Fortified with three superfoods: French Melissa, Goji extract, and Gentian extract, this serum provides intense hydration to skin so that it appears fresher and more energetic. It has a refreshing texture that feels soothing on skin and can triple up as a lotion and cream too, so you can skip the two steps and get five minutes of extra sleep instead. The Lancome Energie de Vie Liquid Care retails at SGD115 for 30ml and SGD160 for 50ml.

2. Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask

origins ginzing peel off mask

You drink coffee to prevent yourself from dozing off in the middle of a meeting, now you can wake up your skin with this peel-off mask that’s formulated with coffee beans. This mask lifts away dead skin and is also formulated to reduce the appearance of pores that can look more obvious with the lack of sleep. Your tired skin will also appreciate the icy-cool sensation of this gel mask. The Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask retails at SGD50.

3. SK-II R.N.A Power Eye Cream

SK-II RNA Eye Cream

Our eye area is very susceptible to signs of ageing and inadequate sleep definitely speeds up the ageing process of the area. If you want your eyes to look more awake and bright, try the new SK-II R.N.A Power Eye Cream, which is formulated with the brand’s star product Pitera, and the Radical New Age Complex (the same ingredient found in the iconic R.N.A Power Cream). This is formulated to help achieve firmness around the eyes so that they can look brighter and bigger. Lucky for us, Singapore is the first country in the world to launch this product at The Shilla Duty Free in Changi Airport, and then made available island-wide recently. The SK-II R.N.A Power Eye Cream retails at SGD103.

4. Etude House Pink Vital Water Serum


To regain the rosy complexion that’s associated with well-rested skin, consider this serum. With a refreshing formula that spreads out as water droplets so it’s easily absorbed by the skin, this product hydrates skin intensely just like a cream product, but delivers it in a lightweight manner. Formulated with the Pink Peach Water, this products perks up your skin by infusing it with vitamins A, C, and E, and antioxidants. The Etude House Pink Vital Water Serum retails at SGD26.90.

4 makeup products that hide the signs of fatigue

1. Orbis Whitening BB

ORBIS Whitening BB_mood shot 2, $38

Let’s start with the canvas. To conceal tired-looking skin, make sure you’ve applied a base product that helps your skin look hydrated and radiant. This 6-in-1 BB cream works as a serum, sunscreen, makeup base, foundation, concealer and finishing powder at the same time – perfect for those who want to sleep in longer in the morning. Infused with brightening ingredients like vitamin C and pearl extract, it makes skin look more radiant and provides coverage that lasts up to 10 hours. The Orbis Whitening BB retails at SGD38.

2. L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse CC Genius Balm

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Dull and dry lips give away the amount of sleep you really had last night. This lip balm has great colour payoff to add brilliance to the lips, at the same time, its micro-neon technology helps eliminate the look of dullness on lips. You’ll also benefit from the ultra-light aerogel oil that gives the lips shine so they look perked up. As a lip balm, it nourishes lips for up to 12 hours so it looks moist, plump, and kissable. The L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse CC Genius Balm is available in six colours and retails at SGD19.90.

3. Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen

To give the illusion of eyes that look alert and rested, eyeliner is your best friend. Invest in an ultra black eyeliner that is waterproof and offers a smooth application so you can create the perfect winged eyeliner – it lifts your eyes so they look less droopy! This eye pen from Urban Decay uses a cartridge system, so there’s a constant flow of ink that continues flowing so you get a nice, bold line. This product will only be available from 1 September, though, and will retail at SGD35. Sit tight and wait for it!

4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo (moodshot)

Put the glow back to your skin with the help of a lightweight, natural-looking blusher. This one from Marc Jacobs adds luminosity to your complexion with its flattering shades. Its innovative formula features “air powder” pigments – a Japanese innovation – that ensure a weightless finish that looks just like a healthy-looking glow. The Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo retails at SGD68 and is available at Sephora.

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