It’s almost crazy I’ve never done a post like this before.
Hangovers are gross and nasty and as we get older they act more like we did at 21 — hangovers come early and stay late.
Everything we put into our bodies has an effect on the outside and pounding vodka-sodas on Friday night will certainly show up on your skin Saturday morning.
I’m not going to preach to you about not drinking because I know some of you’re just going to do it anyway. Besides guzzling lots water and maybe a little hair of the dog, here’s a few tips and tricks to put yourself back together after a night out.
It actually hurts my feelings when you sleep in your makeup but I know some nights we can’t help but go right to bed. You have to take it off as soon as you wake up, though.
Micellar water is ideal to remove day-old makeup thanks to its (very low) concentration of surfactants that act like magnets when grouped together. Swipe on one like SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover with a cotton square to pick up dirt, oil and sebum on your face. Micellar water doesn’t need to be rinsed off and also contains hydrating ingredients that easily absorb. This replaces the water you lost through alcohol and sleeping in makeup.
You can absolutely use micellar water at night, too, but baby steps.
A jade roller looks like a mini paint roller with pure jade oblong-shaped stones. There’s typically a large stone (for forehead, cheeks and neck) on one end and a smaller one (for under eyes) on the other. My favorite is this Herbivore Botanicals one. When the system of organs and tissue under your skin retains water, puffiness occurs, especially after a night of drinking. The jade roller eliminates that by massaging the lymphatic system and promoting drainage — and feels AMAZING. Splash your face with cold water and get rolling immediately after in out and downward motions. I keep my roller in the freezer to really help reduce swelling.
Hydrating face and eye masks
There are a few options to get your mask on. Sheet masks are basically cotton masks soaked in serum. After too much fun, I love to pop on Peach Slices Calm, which is a blend of jasmine and chamomile, or Hydrate, made with thyme and morning calm flower.
If you’re into traditional cream masks, I will go to my grave spreading the gospel of Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. Made for the dry, tired skin jet lag causes, it’s the perfect antidote for hungover skin. Thanks to vitamin C for skin tone, vitamin E to combat free radicals, sodium hyaluronate which boosts moisture and skin care powerhouse niacinamide, among others, this mask combats dullness and dryness.
Your eyes will be the first place to show signs of stress or swelling. Opt for an eye mask (I like Sephora Collection Cucumber eye masks) if you don’t want to involve your whole face.
Whatever you choose, pop it on for 15-20 minutes while you take a quick power nap. Roll your jade roller over the mask for a spa-like experience.
My favorite ingredient in the world, HA is a humectant and pulls moisture from the air into the skin. It can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water so it keeps your skin hydrated. There’s nothing like swiping on a hyaluronic acid serum after a night out.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, is like a tall drink of water for your face. (For a drugstore alternative, try Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum.)
Spray body lotion
Your entire body is going to experience unquenchable thirst but the gymnastics of spreading on body lotion can make you feel extra queasy. That’s where an aerosol body lotion, like Vaseline Cocoa Radiance Spray Lotion, comes in handy. The nozzle allows you to spray it all over, at any angle, and get the tough spots like your back and shoulders. It will dry fast and there’s no need rub it in. Then, you can get back to binging “The Office” for the seventh time.
I live for a nice, cool shower with body exfoliation after a night of drinking but I know that’s not in the cards for everyone. If your hair smells like booze and cigarettes, though, dry shampoo is your best friend. Not only will it soak up any grease on your scalp, but it also will eliminate last night’s odor. Spray sections of your scalp to mid-shaft with a lightly-scented one, such as OGX Bodifying + Fiber Full Body Renew Dry Shampoo, and work in with your fingers as if you were shampooing your hair, or blast with a hair dryer on low.
If you have to face the world, you want your makeup to work with you while also expending the least amount of effort. A fast-absorbing facial moisturizer (try Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with Soy and SPF 30) lays a nice base and will moisturize thirsty skin. Use a very creamy concealer that almost melts into skin, like Glossier Stretch Concealer, in the center of your face (where we usually need it most) and work out. Swipe on some black mascara (Glossier Lash Slick looks the most natural) to make your eyes look wide awake. A shimmering tinted lip balm (Blistex Lip Vibrance with SPF 15) will reflect the light while hydrating dry lips. Top it off with a face mist (Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater) to give a little glow and calm any redness.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS OR TRICKS TO LOOK BETTER AFTER A NIGHT OUT? LET ME KNOW AT GMAZUR@TIMESSHAMROCK.COM, @GMAZURTT ON TWITTER OR @MISS.GIA.M ON INSTAGRAM.