So we’re heading into that time of year’ Christmas parties, Christmas after work drinks, it’s Christmas so it’s ok to drink whenever you like phase! A cocktail may have seemed like a great idea at the time, but not so much when your alarm’s going on the next morning and you’re hauling yourself out of bed. It’s not just our heads that suffer after a night of drinking, it will also play havoc with your skin. Do you know what to give your skin to help counteract the effects of the night before? No, well keep reading’

Hydration ‘ the main thing that alcohol does is dehydrate your entire body, including your skin. When you have dry, dehydrated skin it can leave it looking sallow, wrinkles become more obvious and enlarge your pores. The first thing to do is obvious; get as much water into your body as possible. However that isn’t going to give you glowing, plumped skin instantly so we need a quick fix. Try a face mask that contains hyaluronic acid, this will draw as much water into the skin as possible. We love the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque.

Caffeine ‘ grabbing a coffee first thing when you’ve got a hangover is actually really good for the skin! Caffeine helps to constrict the blood vessels whereas alcohol dilates them. Which is why you can often wake up with puffy eyes after a night out. There are also some great eye creams that contain caffeine, our favourite is the Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream. It will help you look awake and refreshed, even if you don’t feel it’

Start the night before ‘ I know what you’re thinking this can be easier said than done! But there are a few things you can do before you go to bed that will do your skin wonders. No brainer ‘ take off your makeup! Sleeping in your makeup is the worst thing you can do, it clogs pores and doesn’t allow your skin to do its usual rejuvenation. Even if it’s just a quick swipe with a face wipe it will make all the difference. Next slather on a super thick night cream, this will help your skin hold onto as much moisture as possible even when it’s dehydrated. Try the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Night Time Skin Protectant. Finally sleep with an extra pillow under your head, sounds weird right? Well sleeping with your head elevated will help with fluid drainage so you won’t wake up looking all puffy.

Exfoliate ‘ give your skin a good but gentle scrub the next morning. You need to buff away all the dead, alcohol damaged skin cells to give yourself the best chance of healthy looking skin. Many exfoliators include ingredients that are anti-inflammatory which will help any reddened, inflamed skin. Stock up on a few Anatomicals Get Outta My Face Apricot Face Scrub and have them ready!

Your skin will look and feel much better if you follow these simple steps, we’re just sorry we can’t help with the pounding headache!