How to Cure a Skin Hangover

Light sensitivity, headache, bleary eyes and a generally bad attitude. A hangover is basically intense dehydration. It wreaks havoc on your body, your mood and most visibly: your skin.

If you woke up on January 1st and thought to yourself: I’ll never do that again. Here are a few ways to keep that promise.

Hands holding the glasses of champagne and wine

Start with a belly full of good food

Begin your evening with a nourishing meal, full of good starches, vitamins and minerals. The food will help your body absorb the alcohol you consume and counteract some of its depleting effects. The difference the next morning is tremendous.

Hydrate before, during and after

This goes without saying, but we’ll say it (softly) anyway: drink water. If you know you’ll be imbibing, start guzzling water hours before. While you’re consuming, try to drink 1 glass of water between every alcoholic beverage. And chug another liter when you get home. You’ll wake up and thank your clever drunken self.

Avoid congeners

Congeners are the chemical byproducts of the fermentation process. It is believed that darker alcohols with more congeners give worse hangovers. So, if you’re having more than two, choose vodka or white wine as opposed to whiskey, brandy or scotch.

Cleanse your face

If you’ve ever woken up with your eyelashes stuck together, you know: there’s nothing quite like the regret of sleeping in full makeup. And there’s a good reason for that: makeup holds on to free radicals that make your skin more vulnerable to collagen loss, wrinkles and sagging. If you know you tend to skip this step, keep a packet of gentle facial wipes next to the bed.

Exfoliate in the morning

A gentle scrub is good for removing the dead skin cells from the night before and stimulates turnover. Use something that won’t aggravate inflamed, swollen skin. Natural, DIY facial scrubs and masks are usually the best bet.

Try a DIY oatmeal mask

Oatmeal is a perfect exfoliator as it removes dead skin cells with its grainy texture, yet is also gentle and anti-inflammatory which is important for hung over skin. Check out our quick DIY mask recipe (link to blog article from December 14).

Cucumber slices

A couple of slices of cool cucumber over eyes will do wonders for puffiness and dark circles Plus, it feels great, signals people to steer clear and makes you look like an ‘80s movie star.

Do you have any hangover tricks? Share with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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