Big Night? Here's How to Treat Hangover Skin
Posted by Ellie Swain on Aug 19th 2021
That last mojito may have seemed like a great idea last night when you were boogying on the tiles, but it doesn’t so much this morning. Even once your foggy head and sickly stomach have cleared, your skin may be looking and feeling a little worse for wear.
But don’t worry – your skin will eventually get better with a little TLC. The key to curing a ‘hangover face’ is calming any inflammation and puffiness while hydrating the skin. For some post-party skin fixes, keep reading.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
Alcohol dehydrates your body, including your skin. You may roll out of bed in the morning after a big night out and notice that your skin is looking more parched than usual, with sallow, fine lines, and noticeable pores.
Be sure to glug down plenty of water after a heavy night of drinking. Not only will it hydrate thirsty skin, but it will help remedy the typical hangover symptoms of a nagging headache and a delicate stomach.
However, it’s important to understand that the effects of internal hydration won’t show up on your skin externally immediately. For a fast fix, reach for a sheet mask packed with hyaluronic acid, which works wonders for drawing moisture to the skin.
We love BABOR’s 3D Hydro Gel Face Mask , teaming with a synergistic combination of hyaluronic acid, hexapeptide-8 and second skin technology for parched skin. Pop it onto your face, and after ten to 15 minutes, your skin will be more hydrated, radiant, and plumped.
Enjoy a Caffeine Boost
No, we don’t necessarily mean grabbing an extra-large coffee. While the energy boost is tempting, drinking coffee may dehydrate your body further.
Caffeine applied topically to the skin helps constrict blood vessels. Products containing caffeine are an excellent option following a night of drinking as alcohol dilates blood vessels, making the area around your eyes look puffy and bloated.
There are many eye creams containing caffeine out there. We recommend the Murad Essential-C Eye Cream . The formula contains a potent blend of caffeine, shorea stenoptera butter, avocado oil, and retinol to hydrate and protects the delicate eye area while reducing puffiness.
Hit the Kitchen
You may be surprised to realize that some of the household basics sitting in your kitchen may help bring your skin back to life after a party. Apple cider vinegar mixed with water can work wonderfully as a toner to help calm any inflammation.
If you’ve got any yogurt lurking in your fridge, consider using it as a mask. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which brightens and hydrates tired and dull skin. For extra hydration, mix in a dollop of honey.
Leave your DIY mask on for around 20 minutes and let you skin soak up its goodness.
A lovely gentle massage with an oil or oil cleanser stimulates circulation and helps skin recover from excessive boozing.
If you’re not sure where to start, use all four of your fingers to gently massage underneath your eyes and the area along the sides of your nose in a circular motion. Then, switch to where the corner of your eye and the cheekbone meet using the same delicate movement with your fingertips.
Finish by moving down and in front of your ears, massaging in a circular motion. Not only will the massage feel great, but it will help drain the fluid across the cheekbones, reducing pressure and puffiness.
Or go one up on your massages and invest in the Foreo Luna 3 . This innovative device features app-connected firming massage routines and T-sonic pulsations at 16 different intensities, making it the ultimate addition to your daily cleansing routine.
Eat the Right Foods
While it may be tempting to order in a juicy burger or a cheese-laden pizza with a big glass of soft drink on the side, nursing a hangover with these heavy and indulgent foods isn’t the best idea for your skin.
Drinking is challenging on the organs. You’re often left dehydrated, and your water process sluggish. That’s how your skin becomes puffiness and inflamed.
It may be difficult, but avoid feeding your body foods that are hard to ingest or contain even more toxins, or your skin will look rougher for longer. Opt for warm water mixed with honey, cooked vegetables, and foods like salmon and eggs for protein.
Grab a green juice instead of that coffee, as it will instantly hydrate the skin from the inside out and, getting your system back on track. We promise your skin will thank you for it.
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