By Amanda Klein
With the warmer weather here or at least approaching (God willing), our schedules are bound to become jam packed with cocktail-filled activities…which got us thinking – what more could we do to cure the hangover skin?
If you’re anything like me, you start the night with bright eyes and a contoured face, and you wake up with a face that looks like the fluffy thing that goes in between the chocolate and the graham cracker of your s’more. A few extra glasses of red wine (or tequila shots if we are being completely honest here), and my jawline disappears, and [Chanel] bags surround my (at least make-up free because I always remember to take off my makeup!) eyes.
Here are four ways to help your skin get back to its happy sober self after all of your well-deserved fun:
Remove your makeup and wash your face again – as if you did not do it the night before, just in case everything wasn’t fully swiped away on your first try. Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser (and an Allure Best of Beauty 2017 winner) is perfect for this since it kills two birds with one stone, in that it cleanses and gently removes your makeup. It also feels amazing on your skin. It really wakes it up and gets the blood flowing after it was at rest during a night’s sleep.
Mask! Hydrating masks are the best for this situation. Too Cool for School’s Egg Cream Hydration Mask is my absolute favorite. I swear it leaves you looking freshly botoxed. My jawline reappears, and my skin looks bright and firm. (A little secret – The Mask Bar sells them for the lowest price!). I also recommend Sephora’s avocado eye mask.
The perfect mindless activity to complement your Sunday Dawson’s Creek marathon (thank you, Hulu, for this gift), is a relaxing session of jade rolling. Dermatologist, Joshua Zeicher, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital of NYC, explains in an Allure article that “the roller itself helps remove excess fluid under the eye, while the cool jade stone constricts blood vessels to further minimize swelling.” Allure’s EIC, Michelle Lee, also takes part in some jade rolling from time to time and provides us with some pro tips on her Instagram.
When you want to avoid FOMO (fear of missing out) a la sunny weather cocktail indulgences, but you also want to give your skin its best possible shot to look and feel as glorious as possible, opt for red wine. Red wine contains polyphenols, specifically resveratrol, that actually benefit the skin, explains Regine Berthelot, the spa director for Caudalie, in an article by Refinery29. He adds that “Resveratrol protects against free radicals, which are a big contributor to fine lines and wrinkles,” (Resveratrol is a compound that contains antioxidants). This is in no way a recommendation to increase your drinking in order to take in more polyphenols (there are healthier ways to up your antioxidant intake), but if you’re going to drink, you might as well drink something that contains health benefits!
Have any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below!