Friday, January 1, 2010
The night before:
Quench your skin. Skin normally loses moisture at night, and alcohol exacerbates the dehydration because it's a diuretic. So slather on a face cream before you plop into bed to reduce that tight, dry feeling in the morning.
Prop up. Sleeping on one or two extra pillows helps minimize next-day eye puffiness. Alcohol causes blood vessels to swell, which can cause fluid to spill into your skin's tissue and puff it up. It's most noticeable around your eyes, where the skin is very thin. So the more upright you are, the easier it is for that fluid to drain.
The next morning:
Wash your hair. Alcohol makes you sweat more, which may make your scalp oilier than normal. So be sure to shampoo, or sprinkle dry shampoo on your roots to soak up any greasiness.
Avoid exfoliating. You may think a good scrub or at-home peel will be just the thing for your pallid complexion, but skin is more sensitive when you're hungover, so skip grainy exfoliants or products that contain alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid.
Soothe swollen eyes. To take down inflammation, dab on an eye cream that contains caffeine or a mild 1 percent hydrocortisone cream. If your eyes are bloodshot, try redness-reducing drops. (Just don't use them more than twice a day, or they could irritate eyes.)
Camouflage. A mineral-based foundation will conceal any red splotches without irritating your skin. Concealer can help hide dark circles, but skip it if you're puffy (it can actually draw attention to the swelling and make it appear worse). To disguise sallowness, sweep on a rosy blush—but don't go overboard or you'll look too flushed—and apply a soft pink gloss.