How To Look Well Rested, Hide A Hangover
A night out with leprechauns, clovers and pots of gold seems like nothing but fun – that is, until, you wake up looking about as green as that beer you chugged last night. And while our post-night-of-debauchery advice would usually fall in the “stay in bed all day” category, if you’re partying on a weekday, for many of us, this isn’t an option.
Not only are you bound to be (visibly) exhausted if only from the sheer lack of time spent sleeping (not even to mention that alcohol makes those hours even less restful than usual), but also alcohol has the uncanny ability to dehydrate you for even more ill effects (ironic, we know, considering how much liquid you drink to get there).
Bottom line: This can make for a rough morning at the office.
Gold at the end of the rainbow: Our hangover tips can get you through!
Before You Go Out
– Steer clear of the face paint, fake tattoos and glitter. While the faux four-leaf clover on your cheek may seem like a good idea at 9pm, at 9am (when you can’t get it off in time for that big meeting) it won’t be. Same goes for the glitter that, trust us, isn’t easy to get off.
– Stay hydrated. Alcohol is dehydrating so be sure to drink as much water as you can throughout the night to help your body metabolize it.
– Refrigerate it. Before you leave to go out for the night, put your eye cream in the refrigerator! When you apply it in the morning, the cooled cream will help alleviate puffiness.
When You Get Home
– Rehydrate. Alcohol is very dehydrating, so it’s important to drink lots of water not only while you’re out, but also once home to rehydrate. An even better choice (and one that athletes and celebrities swear by) is coconut water. It’s rich in electrolytes, potassium and sodium – making it nature’s healthy alternative to the sport’s drink.
– Remove makeup. While you make think that the time spent removing your makeup is better spent sleeping (you are, after all, putting it right back on in mere hours), there is nothing worse than waking up with eyes sealed shut with caked mascara. Too tired (or drunk)? Keep facial cleansing wipes bedside!
– Double Up. Grab an extra pillow so you sleep with your head more elevated than usual. It will help any retained water stay away from your face so you won’t wake up with eyes puffier than ever.
In The Morning
– Tea Time. Steep 2 bags of caffeinated green tea and, after drinking the tea if you like, put the tea bags in the refrigerator or freezer while you shower.
– Eat Breakfast. Eggs, yogurt, granola and milk all contain Cysteine, which has been shown to help counteract the hangover causing effects of alcohol.
– Hydrate More. Drink more coconut water.
– De-Puff. When the tea bags are cool, place them over your eyes for 10-15 minutes to help reduce puffiness, circles and redness; follow with your cooled eye cream.
– Fake it. Line your inner lower lash line with white eyeliner to conceal redness, apply a luminizing cream or any shimmery nude eye shadow just in the inner corners of your upper eyelid, curl your lashes to give the illusion of bigger eyes and layer the mascara to fake looking more awake! (A few drops of visine are also great if you wake with bloodshot eyes!)