How to recover after the New Year……
January 2nd, 2015
The ball has dropped, the holiday parties have ended but the morning after such events can mean a headache — not just for your head, but also when it comes to your skin. Excessive alcohol consumption can severely dehydrate the skin, resulting in a tight, dry, and puffy-looking complexion. If this sounds familiar, read on for my tips for how tackling a complexion hangover:
Treat Your Skin To A Gentle Cooling Mask: I promise that after you put it, your skin will quickly start to feel less tight, softer, and healthier.
Load Up On Vitamins: Since alcoholic drinks can deplete vitamins out of the skin and body, it’s important to load up topically and internally with antioxidants and vitamins. Green vegetables like kale, spinach, cilantro, mint, and parsley contain a high concentration of antioxidants, nutrients, and electrolytes that may help heal a hungover body. Drinking a green juice containing some or all of these healthy veggies will help you to recover. You can also apply topically on the skin, an antioxidant serum with vitamins A, C, and E and this will also renew and brighten a tired complexion.
Hydrate The Body: A major side effect of alcohol consumption is dehydration, so a quick hangover recovery is all about getting hydrated. It is very important to replace water and antioxidants from the inside out to aid in recovering. Munch on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and watermelon, since they contain good amounts of water for the body to retain. You can also add these into your glass of water to jazz up the flavor a bit.
Remember That Prevention Is Key: Make note for next time: To help prevent a hangover, limit your alcohol intake and choose your drinks wisely. A bartender once told me that the healthiest drink is vodka with flat water and a few lemons (for a little flavor). He said that cocktails with less sugar (and, in this case, virtually none, other than from the lemons) may result in less of a hangover. His theory is that sweeter drinks tend to mask the alcohol’s flavors, causing us to drink more.
In addition to choosing drinks that are less sweet, follow every alcoholic beverage with an eight-ounce glass of water that'll mitigate unnecessary morning dehydration and puffiness.