Updated 12/19/14. Did you party too much last night? In addition to a headache, over-indulging in alcohol will severely dehydrate the skin, resulting in a tight, dry feel the next morning. Here are my expert skin care tips to get your skin and body looking and feeling better in no time.
1. Wash your face and perform your morning routine.
Depending on what time you got in last night, there’s a chance that you may have not washed your face. If you didn’t, do so now. Your skin will feel so much better when it’s clean and, certainly your eyes will feel better when the sticky, clumpy mascara is removed. If you have any of my Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel, use that to cleanse your skin. The mint botanicals not only brighten sluggish skin by stimulating circulation, but the natural combination of rosemary, spearmint and peppermint is proven to provide clarity and alertness to a less-than-awake brain. If you don’t have this cleanser but do have some mint essential oils on hand, you can add a few drops mixed directly into your cleanser.
2. Perform a cold ice water splash to reduce facial puffiness.
Step 1: Fill your bathroom sink with cold water and toss in 15 ice cubes.
Step 2: Pour 1/3 of a cup of natural witch hazel into the water. Try to use one that is alcohol-free such as Balancing Skin Tonic.
Step 3: Dunk your face (yes, dunk, don’t just splash) in and out ten times. How does it get rid of puffiness? Cold temperatures shrink capillaries and stimulate drainage while witch hazel has natural anti-inflammatory, puffiness-reducing properties. It also might provide some relief for your headache. (If you don’t have any witch hazel on hand, then just dunk your face into the cold ice water.)
3. Use hydrating ingredients to put water back into thirty skin cells.
Most people think they need to over-moisturize by layering on a heavy, greasy cream, but really the focus needs to be about putting water back in the skin not oil, since alcohol depletes mostly the water. Hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate and sodium PCA are all great ingredients to drench thirsty skin cells and restore them to a healthier state. You can find these in serums, alcohol-free toners, gel masks, sheet masks and moisturizers. Use any and all of them. Your skin can’t get enough hydration today. Skin Drink is super hydrating and Bio Calm Repair Masque has been referred to as “topical Valium” for the skin for its soothing and healing benefits.
4. Massage the under eye area.
Tired eyes will usually be puffy and have dark circles. Dab a small amount of eye cream and using circular motions with your fingertip, massage the entire under eye area. This will stimulate stagnant blood flow that can contribute to darkness—especially darkness from lack of sleep as well as reduce excess fluid, which contributes to swelling. If you have my Vitamin C Eye Brightener handy, use it— it works miracles to brighten tired, puffy eyes.
5. Rehydrate the body with vitamin-enriched water.
Drinking alcohol not only depletes water out of the skin and body, but essential vitamins, too. Rehydrate the body by drinking water all day and add fruits into your glass for a boost of antioxidants as well as taste.
My favorite make-your-own water recipes include:
Strawberry + mint + lemon
Lime wedges + fresh cilantro + a couple of jalapeño slices (I’m in Texas. We put jalapeño’s in everything.)
Blueberries + raspberries + strawberries
Watermelon + lemon + orange
You can also drink pressed juices for a nutritional punch. I’m a big fan of Daily Greens based in Austin, TX. If you can muster up the energy to get to a Whole Foods store, you can buy it there. Ideally, you would prepare this ahead of time and have all of it ready to go in your fridge.
Prevention tip: Something to consider for your next night out. To help prevent a hangover, choose your drinks wisely. A bartender once told me that the healthiest drink is to have vodka with flat water and a few lemons squeezed in to give some flavor. He believes that cocktails with less sugar (and in this case, virtually none, other than from the lemons) may result in less of a hangover. She said that sweeter drinks tend to mask the alcohol’s flavors, causing taste buds to need more, which inadvertently encouraged you to drink more. Regardless, less sugar in drinks means less calories and technically you’re hydrating the body with water, right? It’s my go-to drink when I go out. In addition, I try to follow every drink I consume with an 8 oz glass of water to mitigate unnecessary morning dehydration.
Wishing you a quick recovery, but these tips should get your skin on the mend soon!
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