Overdo it last night? Happens to the best of us. Here is our routine for repairing the damage and getting your skin through a serious hangover.
1. Clean that makeup off.
You commit the cardinal skincare sin. You went to bed without washing your face. Now you have mascara dripping down your nose. Forgive yourself, then clean it off! Have a headache and your eyes feel like they might bulge out of your skull? Use a gentle eye makeup remover. I like pure argan oil.
2. Shower and wash your face.
I know many skin care experts say you shouldn’t wash your face in the shower, but I think that’s ridiculous. As long as I‘m not letting my hair products drip into my face, and I rinse with a clear stream of fresh clean water, I don‘t see the big deal. And nothing helps more than a nice warm shower, removing that stale club smell from your hair.
3. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Ok. Make your way to the kitchen. You can do it. Now that you are nice and clean its time to hydrate. Part of the reason why you feel like a truck ran you over is that you are dehydrated. Alcohol is a diuretic (pulls the water out of your system and makes you pee a lot).
When the body is dehydrated, the brain temporarily shrinks from fluid loss. This causes the brain to pull away from the skull and results in a dehydration headache. Drinking a lot of water will plump it right back up and help a headache. Coffee is considered a diuretic as well, so if you must have that cup go ahead, but then you need extra water.
4. Eat something.
Remember how your mom used to give you crackers and soda when you were sick? Soda can soothe nausea. Eggs and toast are a great combination of protein and carbs that are easy on the stomach. Bananas are good for replacing potassium and electrolytes. Feeling a bit better? Ok, its time to repair your skin.
It’s time for some serious cleaning. We are fans of acid exfoliation because that is the only way to really deep into the pores and clean the junk out. AHAs & BHAs like glycolic and salicylic acids break down intracellular desmosomal bonds, promoting the exfoliation of varying depths of cutaneous cells. In other words, they have little tiny molecules that get deep down there and clean out the bad s%&t. Then they promote collagen production. It’s good stuff. We like to take our product and leave it on for a 10-minute mask.
This might seem like overkill, but after my exfoliating mask, I like to sit for a while with a moisturizing mask. In fact, I‘m sitting and writing this now with a yummy-smelling Yogurt mask from SkinFood, which I love. It balances the pH level and tightens the pores. Afterwards, I will use our soothing Controlling Cream, with Vitamin C, and calendula oils. I also have a mango butter and coconut oil moisturizing mask on my hair.
The body repairs itself while it is asleep and sometimes nothing helps more than a wonderful Sunday afternoon nap. You will feel much better when you wake up, trust me.
Bye bye hangover! Hello, 2018!