Whether it was that last round of shots or the fact you got a grand total of three hours’ sleep, the aftermath of a night out – dryness, dullness, and a high chance of breakouts – can wreak havoc on your skin for weeks.
The solution? Get in there fast with you hangover cure. Just as you’re in the habit of drinking a pint of water, taking painkillers, and heading out for a fry-up to cure your sore head and queasy stomach, your skin needs some TLC too.
1. Cleanse & exfoliate
No matter how well you think you cleaned your skin the night before, chances are drunk you didn’t do the best job… Start by removing all lingering traces of makeup – use a gently exfoliating face wash like the Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Face Wash which contains enzymes to smooth skin and clear pores of buildup and dead skin cells. Follow it up with physical exfoliation using the Upcircle Coffee Scrub. Short of having a cup of coffee, this scrub is the next best thing – if you’re struggling to feel awake and alert, it will do just the trick (it’s actually made with upcycled coffee grounds and will make your bathroom smell like a freshly brewed latte). On top of that, it provides a powerful exfoliation that basically acts like a mini facial, giving your skin an instant glow and evening out any patches of redness and inflammation.
Featuring a never-ending list of clarifying ingredients like bentonite and kaolin clays, charcoal, and witch hazel, Generation Clay’s Detoxifying Clay Mask soaks up excess oil and draws toxins out of skin. If you’re prone to breaking out big-time in the days following a big night out, this will help to significantly reduce the chances of spots flaring up.
Like a green juice for your skin, Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Mask will infuse some welcome radiance into a lacklustre complexion, so you look as well-rested as you would if you hadn’t spent the night ordering rounds for the table. The refreshing gel formula delivers a cocktail of nutrients and hydrators like hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and colloidal gold that work to leave your skin feeling soothed and restored.
Drinking alcohol is a direct cause of dehydration, which deprives cells of the water they need to keep skin hydrated and healthy, and leaves it looking dry and dull. Just as you probably need to drink a pint of water right now, so does your skin – so while you’re sipping, apply a combination of hydrating products. Start with a face mist like Mario Badescu’s Face Mist Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea – not only does it feel instantly refreshing, but it’s a quick-win way to kickstart the process of restoring moisture levels. Increase the intensity and apply a sheet mask (we love Holika Holika’s Aloe Soothing Gel Sheet Mask) – preferably straight out of the fridge to help minimise puffiness and swelling as well. Leave the mask on for 30-40 minutes (in the meantime don’t neglect your dry lips, treat them with some Embryolisse Lip Protecting & Nourishing Care). Remove the mask as soon as it starts to dry up – then massage the leftover product from the packet into your skin and apply a thick layer of moisturiser on top to seal it all in.
5. Massage your face
Face massage is the key to reducing post-alcohol puffiness as it helps to boost circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage. Better than just using your fingers, a crystal tool like Mount Lai’s Jade Massage Textured Facial Roller will not only help to restore your skin to its toned and supple self, but (especially if you store it in the fridge) will also help to relieve a wine-induced headache. Better still, use the smaller end of the tool to alleviate under-eye puffiness and swelling.