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How to hide hungover skin

5 December 2018

'Tis the season for getting into the festive spirit – spirit being the operative word – as for most of us, the Christmas party period represents a flurry of alcohol-fuelled activities, from sharing a mulled wine (or several) with your nearest and dearest to dancing into the early hours with your colleagues at the annual office bash. So how to reverse the effects of the night before? Follow our easy six-step skincare guide to ensure you look as fresh as a daisy, even if you don’t feel like it.

Step one: boost circulation

Lack of sleep and too much alcohol equates to lacklustre and puffy skin. Start your hangover fix by splashing your face with ice-cold water, followed by a strong facial massage for several minutes to boost blood flow and reduce lymphatic congestion – which is essentially a fancy description for draining away excess toxins under the surface.

Step two: deep cleanse

Chances are you may have left some of last night’s make-up on, so having a thorough facial cleanse in the morning is paramount to making sure you stop unwanted blemishes in their tracks. For the ultimate treatment at home, try Foreo’s UFO device: living up to its otherworldly namesake, this smart piece of technology delivers the ultimate facial in just 90 seconds. All you have to do is attach one of Foreo’s Korean activated masks to the UFO and let it work its magic as thermo therapies and T-Sonic pulsations massage the skin, stimulate collagen production and brighten your complexion. Out of this world? We think so.

Step three: hydrate and moisturise

Perhaps the most important step in making sure your skin has a new lease of life, is replenishing the loss of moisture caused by alcohol. Your skin will be dehydrated so begin with The Ordinary’s cult product: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. This very clever (and reasonably priced) beauty hero will penetrate deep into your skin’s layers for long-lasting moisture retention. Next, add your favourite day cream to seal the deal.

Step four: prime, prep and conceal

Your skin is now ready for make-up, but to ensure it doesn’t wear off before lunch, we recommend using a good-quality primer first. Hungover skin is thirsty (ironically), so the more moisture you can apply to the surface, the more it will continue to absorb. Ren's Perfect Canvas primer is a brilliant product: the serum formula includes probiotics and agave extract to encourage cell renewal and preps the skin for foundation, making sure that it stays put throughout the day. If dark circles are still giving the game away, a hydrating concealer will brighten and illuminate the area in question.

Step five: bring the colour back

This stage is all about using savvy make-up tricks to bring life back into a washed-out complexion. The key is to keep your look natural but effective: start by lightly tracing a highlighter over your cheek bones, beneath your brows and your cupid’s bow, followed by sweeping a bronzer underneath the highlighted line on your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and lightly trace the edges of your forehead. Next swirl a peachy blusher on the apples of your cheeks and finish with a punchy lip colour like coral to give your pout some extra oomph.

Step six: bright eyes

The final flourish: fluttering lashes. It’s likely that your peepers will be feeling a little weary after their lack of beauty sleep but invest in some brilliant eyelash curlers and you’ll instantly open them up. After all, bigger and brighter eyes are an instant shortcut to looking and feeling more radiant. Be generous with your mascara today, too – if it feels right, apply two coats to really ensure you’re your eyes pop.


Image credit: Shutterstock



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