Whilst Dorco doesn’t endorse heavy drinking, some occasions make a hangover - and the sore head that comes with it - inevitable. Whether you’re getting for Christmas festivities or an office party, taking some steps to protect your skin from the ravages of a hangover will help you to look your best — even if you don’t feel that way.
You might start your celebrations looking like a male model, but all too often you wake up the next morning looking like an extra from a horror movie. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Apart from giving up alcohol forever, there are some relatively simple hangover skincare tips you can follow that will keep you looking fresh and presentable when you’re feeling a little worse for wear.
Drink lots of water
Yes, it’s that simple. Drinking water doesn’t just fight the hangover headache that costs so many people a day at work, it also fights skin dehydration before it can do any significant damage. Add a pinch of salt to your water, or drink coconut water to give your body the energy-boosting electrolytes it needs.
As soon as you’re dry after your refreshing shower, take the opportunity to exfoliate using a scrub or dry brush. This will aid blood circulation, remove dead skin and give your overall complexion a rosy glow. And let’s face it, your skin will need all the colour it can get after a few too many drinks the night before.
Take preventative action
If you’re in a fit state to do so after a night of alcohol-fuelled fun, moisturise BEFORE you go to bed. Choose a moisturiser that is packed with antioxidants, as they will start repairing the damage to your skin while you sleep. Getting a headstart on your hangover-induced skin problems before you fall asleep may reduce the amount of work needed in the morning.
Hide the bags under your eyes
Few things tell people you have a hangover like your eyes do. Bloodshot eyeballs and dark, puffy circles are telltale signs of a heavy night of drinking, so it’s always a good idea to give them some attention as quickly as possible.
Start the skin rejuvenation process by getting to work on the dark circles that are making you look like a racoon. There are some very good eye creams on the market — many of which have been specifically formulated to deal with dark rings and puffiness around the eyes. These creams work by diffusing light to disguise dark shadows more effectively.
Once your skin is clean and refreshed, it’s time to give it a direct helping hand to rehydrate. Alcohol has a tendency to strip away moisture from the skin, which can leave it looking dull, dry and tired. Indeed, people with long-term drinking problems can develop serious skin problems because of excessive alcohol consumption. Decisive action is therefore essential.
Drinking lots of water is a great way to start the rehydration process, but faster and more effective results can be achieved with the application of a moisturiser. And the good news is that there are several creams and lotions out there which are formulated specifically for rehydrating skin after drinking alcohol.
Add some colour
If all your efforts to breathe new life into your alcohol-ravaged skin have failed, it might be time for some cosmetic intervention. And there’s no need to feel self-conscious about applying colour to your skin, as there are some very popular products on the market specifically for men, including tanning creams, concealers and foundation. Search for the products that offer hydrating properties, as these will deal with the root cause of your dull skin as well as masking it.