Survive Holiday Hangover With Key Ingredients

December 31, 2018

Many people will wake up on Jan. 1 with a list of resolutions and a hopeful outlook on 2019.

Even more will wake up with a nasty hangover.

Luckily for you, my years of singing in bars and clubs prepared me to face the world after a night of drinking. Besides drinking lots water and maybe a little hair of the dog, here are a few tips and tricks to put yourself back together after a night out.

Micellar water

It actually hurts my feelings when you sleep in makeup, but I know some nights we can’t help but go right to bed. You have to take it off as soon as you wake up, though.

Micellar water is ideal for removing day-old makeup thanks to its (very low) concentration of surfactants that act like magnets when grouped together. Swipe on one such as SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover with a cotton square to pick up dirt, oil and sebum on your face. Micellar water doesn’t need to be rinsed off and also contains hydrating ingredients that easily absorb. This replaces the water you lost through alcohol and sleeping in makeup.

You can absolutely use micellar water at night, too, but take baby steps.

Jade roller

A jade roller looks like a mini paint roller with oblong stones of pure jade. It typically has a large stone (for forehead, cheeks and neck) on one end and a smaller one (for under eyes) on the other. 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 it feels AMAZING. Splash your face with cold water and get rolling immediately with outward and downward motions. I keep my roller in the freezer to really help reduce swelling.

Hydrating face and eye masks

You have a few options to get your mask on. Sheet masks are basically cotton masks soaked in serum. After too much fun, I love to pop on Peach Slices Calm , a blend of jasmine and chamomile, or Hydrate , made with thyme and morning calm flower.

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 to 20 minutes while you take a quick power nap. Roll your jade roller over the mask for a spa-like experience.

Hyaluronic acid

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. 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 .

Spray body lotion

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 spray body lotion, such as Vaseline Cocoa Radiance Spray Lotion , comes in handy. The nozzle allows you to spray it all over 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

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, dry shampoo is your best friend. It not only will soak up any grease on your scalp but 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 it in with your fingers as if you were shampooing your hair, or blast it with a hair dryer on low.

Hydrating makeup

If you have to face the world, you want your makeup to work with you 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. Use a creamy concealer, such as Glossier Stretch Concealer , in the center of your face (where we usually need it most) and work outward. Swipe on some black mascara ( Glossier Lash Slick looks the most natural) to make your eyes look wide awake, and a shimmering tinted lip balm ( Blistex Lip Vibrance with SPF 15 ) will reflect the light while hydrating dry lips. Top it off with a face mist ( Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater ) to give a little glow.

GIA MAZUR is a staff writer for the Lifestyles Department of The Times-Tribune. Contact her at gmazur@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9127 or @gmazurTT on Twitter.

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