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Tricks to get tired eyes looking fresh again after long nights

BERLIN -- There are several studies that show women sleep differently than men. Women sleep on average an hour longer than men but it takes them longer to get to sleep and they wake more often in the night.

Women also tend to suffer from sleep deprivation more frequently. Add to that the occasional long night or two, extended conversations with a friend on the phone or overtime at work and it's no surprise that skin can look unhealthy and eyes tired from lack of sleep.

It may be difficult to prevent the causes of lack of sleep but you can do something about its visible effects. Make-up artist Michaela Ioannidou recommends using a day-cream containing hyaluronan or special creams made from herb extracts.

They promote blood flow to the skin and give it a fresher look.

Dermatologist Uta Schlossberger says a facial mask impregnated with highly concentrated nutrients can also rejuvenate skin in record time.

Rings around eyes and puffiness are a sure sign of sleep deprivation. The skin below the eyes is especially soft, and poor blood flow caused by short nights can make itself visible very quickly.

A side effect of lack of sleep is that it takes longer for lymph fluid to drain away. The combined result is swollen eyes.

“Active ingredients that moisturize the skin are very popular at the moment,” says Elena Helfenbein from the German Cosmetics Distributors and Marketing Association.

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