Raise your hand if you had a great Thanksgiving. Me too! I'll be honest, I indulged in all the food and all the drinks - and not just on turkey day. The whole weekend was festive and filling. Which meant that almost every morning was a bit of a struggle. We've all been there...having one glass too many and waking up feeling and looking less than 100%. My friends and I joked in college that when we woke up after a night of being overly festive that we looked like Ren & Stimpy and felt even worse. Sadly, that still holds true for me today. I seriously feel like a cartoon version of myself and am usually cursing myself for having that last drink. Since I don't plan on abstaining during the rest of the holiday season (what are the holidays for if not having too much of everything with friends and family?) I have 7 tips for party recovery that should help you (and me) put a fresh face forward after a night of fun!
Tip No. 1: First thing’s first – when you wake up and your head is hammering and your tummy feels terrible, you need to hydrate, eat, and medicate. Everyone is different, but for me this means water (lots and lots of it), coffee, buttered toast, and Aleve (2-3 please). I believe in the magical, healing powers of toast with butter and find that it’s more soothing and satisfying than a run through the drive through. Once I have this mix in my system I need at least one nap. I find that it helps my headaches.
Tip No. 2: There’s nothing that will make you feel like a better and fresher human being than a nice hot shower. Or bath. Just get some water going, scrub up with some smell-good stuff, slather some lotion on your bod (Jo Malone always helps me feel like a million bucks), and spray a bit of perfume (my current fave is Le Labo’s Rose 31) and no, one will say, “Woah, did you drink last night? It smells like booze is coming out of your pores.” If someone does say this to you tell them you have no idea what they are talking about!
Tip No. 3: As I mentioned earlier, my Ren & Stimpy look-alike syndrome means that my face doesn’t look great. I’m usually a combination of puffy and dry, with crusty makeup and a reddish completion. It’s super cute. And even though I’d love to look at my face like this all day, I’ve found that if I apply one or more face masks I can get my face and skin semi back to normal. First I wear the Therapeutic Sulfer Masque by Peter Thomas Roth to really clean out my pores. Then I do Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask – not just because I love to peel it off but because I feel like it seriously grabs any remaining dirt and oil on my face and leave it squeaky clean. Lastly, I put a think layer of Aveda’s Intensive Hydrating Mask on for a dose of super moisture and to help with redness. Sometimes I even sleep in this mask…it’s so gentle and hydrating, I love it.
Tip No. 4: A tell-tale sign that you’ve been up past bedtime and possibly drinking a bit to much is dark and/or puffy under eye area. One of my friends in college used to get terrible under-eye puff and swore by sticking two spoons in the freezer for a minute or two before putting the curved part on her eyes to help bring down the swelling. There are specific creams and potions you can buy to treat darkness and puffiness, but I just use my every-day eye creams Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye and Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair Cream) liberally and let the area soak up as much hydration as it can.
Tip No. 5: I personally like to go sans-makeup for as long as possible after cleaning myself from a night of drinking, but eventually it comes time to re-enter the world and I end up putting on this and that to look like my old self. Concealer is my post-party best friend (right now I’m using Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Serum Corrector and Concealer), as it helps take away any redness my skin shows from the one to many, and a little swipe of blush brings life to what’s otherwise a very dull complexion.
Tip No. 6: If you really want to give yourself a bright and well-rested look, I highly suggest using a highlighting powder, cream, or liquid. Patting a little bit of the luminous makeup will reflect light – giving you a glow that usually wouldn’t be possible the day after a party – and seriously perk up even the most tired of faces. Just swipe a little on your cheekbones, continuing around to the outer sides of your eyes, down the bridge of the nose, right above your lip and on your cupid’s bow, and then just below the brows. I personally love the Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown, Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector, rms Living Luminizer, and L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi.
Tip No. 7: My go-to drink of choice this time of year is a yummy red wine – I’ve been sipping a lot of Seven Daughters Pinot Noir. Unfortunately, this can leave my teeth a little dull and stained. I’m a huge teeth brusher but when I notice that my smile is less than white I do some Professional Effects white strips. And because my teeth are extra sensitive I always use Sensodyne toothpaste (IMHO, Crest should sell this stuff with its White Strips to help with the sensitivity side effects!). Add some moisture to the lips (like Vaseline) and you should be good to go.
If all else fails at trying to look and feel better, try some hair of the dog 😉