’Tis the season to be jolly and whether it’s your office dinner and dance or you’re out partying with your friends there’s bound to be alcohol. Which, on some occasions means there’s going to be a hangover, and along with the pounding headache, you will also notice your skin looks dull, dehydrated and blotchy.
A good way to avoid this altogether is follow each cocktail with a glass of water. But when you’re having fun, who remembers?
So what you need is a stash of products that will intensely rehydrate your skin while also reducing inflammation the next morning. Here are a few to stock up in your hangover-fighting arsenal this season.
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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, $43
The first thing you need to do is remove any remaining makeup you may have left on in your rush to get into bed. This gentle oil cleanser effectively removes every bit of makeup without further drying your skin.
When your drink alcohol, the body converts it into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde, which causes the blood vessels to dilate making your skin look red and flushed. To combat this redness, after cleansing, splash your face with ice cold water. The cold water causes the capillaries to shrink and helps minimise redness.
Aprilskin Real Calendula Peeling Pad, $29.90
Kick-start your skin resuscitation regimen with a gentle exfoliant that will remove any dead skin and brighten your complexion. The great thing about these peeling pads is they’re water-based so they exfoliate without drying out the skin.
Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Facial Calming Mist, $31
To further calm any inflammation and give skin a shot of hydration, spritz face with a mist like this one that has calming, soothing and hydrating properties to help skin start healing after a night of excessive drinking.
For Beloved One Crystal Radiant Bio-Cellulose Eye Mask, $48 for 4 pairs
Because of the relaxing effects of alcohol on your blood vessels, as well as the salt in your cocktails, you’re probably going to wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles. Not only does this mask soothe bloated eyes and tackle dark circles, it also intensely hydrates the skin around the eyes. Chill in the fridge and pop them on as your sip your orange juice.
Patchology Perfect Weekend Sheet Make Kit, $31
Layer the hydrating or brightening mask from this kit over your eye masks and enjoy a power nap. By the time you wake up, your skin will look much better thanks to the intense dose of hydration and nutrients from the mask.
Mount Lai De-puffing Jade Facial Roller, $50
Combat any puffiness of the face by gently rolling this jade roller from the centre of the face outwards and upwards. This helps energise the skin while also helping lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness. To further give skin a boost, pop it into your refrigerator before using it.
Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon, $153
This is a night cream that works just as well in the day when your skin needs some serious TLC. Hydrating and nourishing ingredients help rejuvenate skin and lock in moisture so there’s no trace of last night’s naughtiness.
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Before you go, watch this video of editor Sophie trying to revive her hangover skin after partying.