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.
Hangovers are gross and nasty and as we get older they act more like we did at 21 — they come early and stay late.
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.
First, undo your damage.
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. While I would love for you to promise to never, ever do this again, there are some ways to replenish what you lost. It starts with cleansing.
You MUST cleanse after sleeping in makeup — no wipes, please. Actual water and cleanser.
Double-cleansing is perfect. Like attracts like so an oil cleanser first will break down that makeup and melt it off. Then, use a traditional cleanser on a facial brush or a cleansing cloth to ensure you’re removing the rest of the makeup and helping with the exfoliation your body couldn’t do while you slept. (When we sleep, our skin repairs itself which means shedding dead skin cells. When you sleep in makeup, this gets interrupted.)
Following cleansing with a micellar water is a good idea. While it contains a (very low) concentration of surfactants that act like magnets when grouped together, it can help to attract any old makeup or dirt still in your skin — which is common after wearing makeup for more than 12 hours. Also, micellar water doesn’t need to be rinsed off and contains hydrating ingredients that easily absorb. This helps to replace some of the water you lost.
Facial roller to de-puff.
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. Spritz your face with a hydrating mist and get rolling immediately in out and downward motions. I keep my roller in the freezer to really help reduce swelling.
Hydrating face and eye masks to soothe.
There are a few options to get your mask on. Sheet masks are basically cotton masks soaked in serum and you have to lay down while you wear them so they’re perfect for nursing a hangover.
After too much fun, I love to pop on ELF Hydrating Water Sheet Mask, made with purified water and aloe, Peach Slices Calm, which is a blend of jasmine and chamomile, or Peach Slices Hydrate, made with thyme and morning calm flower. Keep it in the fridge for a cooling, soothing facial.
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.
Hyaluronic acid serum to give your skin a shoot of hydration.
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. You NEED that moisture because the alcohol in the makeup you slept in sucked your skin dry. 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.) Just remember to layer a moisturizer over it to seal it in. Otherwise, your HA may backfire and make your skin drier.
Spray body lotion is an easy way to quench your skin all over.
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.
Dry shampoo will instantly refresh you.
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.
Hydrating makeup will work with you.
If you have to face the world, you want your makeup to look fresh and glowy 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 hydrating face mist (Pixi Glow Mist) to give a little glow.
Gia Mazur is an award-winning staff writer and beauty obsessive who joined The Times-Tribune’s Lifestyles department in 2015. She’s a product enthusiast who can’t live without an eyelash curler. A proud Virgo, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk is her go-to. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9127; @gmazurTT