The night before may have been full of great memories, but the aftermath is now showing on your face! As well as a banging headache and a probable nauseous tummy, your face will most likely be blotchy, puffy and very tired looking. Here are 15 quick ways to dodge ‘hangover face’ before leaving the house!
#1 Tea Bag Trick
When you wake up, go straight to the kitchen and soak a pair of green tea bags then place them under your eyes to de-puff them. Dark circles will diminish by draining the fluids with from the antioxidants packed in tea.
#2 Whiten the Eyes
Your eyes are likely to be bloodshot after a big night out, which is also a dead giveaway for those of you heading to work or class that you partied hard. Eye drops like Rohto’s (€5) and Innoxa (€14) are two of the best options for this.
#3 Correct and Conceal
If you’re suffering with very stubborn under eye circles that need extra help, before you put on concealer, add a touch of corrector. Orange correcting shades are the opposite on the colour wheel to those purple undertones so therefore it cancels them out. If you’re quite fair, go for a salmon, peach tone like the Bobbi Brown Corrector (€25).
#4 Lymphatic Massage
Alcohol produces toxins in the body and suppresses the pituitary gland’s production of vasopressin, which is how we retain water. Therefore liquid passes through us far more when we’re drinking alcohol. As a result of these, our faces end up very puffy when our body is processing the drink. Counteract this with a massage, working from the outside of the face, going inwards to the centre.
#5 Aspirin Aid
Aspirin doesn’t just erase any headache you have, it also alleviates the swollen face issue! The anti-inflammatory properties will alleviate any puffiness and redness on your face. If taken along with trying out the self-massage, this should cure that puff monster face.
#6 H2O, Yeah!
It should be a given, but the most important thing to do for your body when you’re hungover is to chug water. Alcohol is very dehydrating, mainly as it restricts the antidiuretic substance we mentioned, so you not only need your usual daily intake but also that you’ve lost from the day/night before!
#7 Ice the Face
Simply getting ice from the freezer and massaging it around your face will not only soothe it through the cooling properties but help drain the fluid built up around the sinuses.
#8 Mist for Moisture
You need to rehydrate the skin in a gentle way as much as possible when you wake up after that big night out. Follow your toner with a soothing mist to lock in as much hydrating properties as possible! Caudalie Beauty Elixir (€38) is famous for good reason, while any rosewater is equally soothing and hydrating.
#9 Clay Mask to Drain Toxins
You’re far more prone to breakouts after a heavy night of drinking as the toxins weaken your immune system and keep it busy trying to combat them, leaving our skin susceptible to excess sweating and toxins. Alcohol also affects your hormones, and acne is largely caused by imbalanced hormones.
#10 Soothing Mask for Moisture
If your skin rarely suffers from spots but you do tend to suffer with dull or dehydrated skin, opt for a soothing, hydrating mask instead. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask (€19) or the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (€26) are gel like masks that will bring your face back to life.
#11 Add in Extra Illuminator
Carrying on from your skincare, begin your makeup routine using an illuminating primer or mix an illuminating liquid in with your foundation or moisturizer. The Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (€38), Becca First Light Priming Filter (€35) and Sleek MakeUP Bare Kissed Illuminator (€14) will do the trick!
#12 Say Goodbye to Grey Face
Add colour back to your grey, drained face with a nice, warm bronzer. If you’re fair, don’t go for a bronzer that’s too warm or you’ll end up looking orange. Place the bronzer wherever the sun would naturally hit you and make sure to blend!
#13 Don’t Go Heavy Handed With Concealer
Contrary to what many people think, a lot of concealer will not help your under eye area. If you have dark circles and bags, opt for the corrector and concealer duo in light layers rather than excessive concealer. If you put too much on, it’s counterproductive as it cakes up and draws attention to the bags.
#14 Exfoliate to Revive
Using a gentle exfoliator on your skin the next day will basically awaken the skin by improving circulation. Don’t use anything harsh with beads if your skin is in any way sensitive, a facial brush like the Clarisonic (€149) or the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (€22) will get rid of dull skin and bring the blood to the surface of the skin and give you back that healthy glow.
#15 Richer Creams to Replenish
If you feel your skin is usually on the drier side, opt for a rich moisturizer to deeply hydrate and plump the skin all day. Even if your skin is on the oilier side, you should have a cream that’ll restore your natural glow and get rid of any dull, flakey or lined skin. This Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream (€40) is suitable for any skin type, which makes it a skincare god!