Lack of sleep doesn’t just leave you feeling groggy, but can have an impact on your appearance. If you’re burning the candle a both ends – read this advice from Dr Natalie Blakely shared with Totally Aesthetic Magazine.

Researchers have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. Is this true?

Sleep is so underrated! When we are younger, burning the candle at both ends was doable, but as we get older, we seem much less able to cope. The tiredness shows in your face, and especially your eyes.

Before giving my beauty tips to rejuvenate tired skin and faces, I would really like to push the idea that sleep itself is the most rejuvenating thing you can do.

Panda eyes, i.e. dark circles, are caused by a plethora of reasons. In darker Asian skins, it can be caused by pigmentation. This is difficult to treat but there are skin care formulations which can reduce the pigment in the skin. The most effective ones are prescription only, so you might have to go and see a cosmetic doctor.

The other cause of dark circles is too much cortisol in your body. Cortisol, is known as the stress hormone, it is what we release to activate our “flight or fight” response. The problem is that many people are chronically stressed and it starts to show in your face as dark circles.

Look into getting your hormones tested and taking some supplements like Ashwaganda and Rhodiola. There are also some adrenal supplements on the market. The most important change you can make if you are chronically stressed is taking a look at your lifestyle and see where you can reduce stress and get more sleep.

Eye bags can be hereditary. Take a look at how your parents are ageing. If there are noticeable eye bags on either side, there is a chance that you may inherit them.  Depending on the cause, you could either find an experienced practitioner to put in some dermal filler to smooth out where the eye bag and cheek meet, or if the issue is baggy skin, look at getting some fractional or radio frequency to tighten the skin again.

I suggest INTRAcel, a combination of micro needles and radio frequency to stimulate the body to make more collagen and elastin.’’

Read the article in full over on Totally Aesthetic here.