A few weekends ago, I had a fabulous Saturday night singing along to Beyonceé’s “Drunk In Love”, playing giant Jenga, and drinking beers the size of my forearm (seriously… my forearm!). So you can probably imagine how my whole body felt at about 9 am the next Sunday morning—kinda like death in major need of a toothbrush. Holy hangover.
Popping Advil and chugging water obviously helps with headaches, but I needed something extra special to deal with my FACE. Hellllooooo dark circles, red splotches, and cracked lips! But I’m a beauty assistant at SELF, which means I know (or, well, SHOULD know) how to triage exactly this kind of mess.
I’d read about so-called “hangover lifesavers” before. And because I’d been kicking around this idea with my editor for a while, I figured: Why not give some a try? ˜For science˜ and also because I really, really needed some beauty hack magic at that particular moment.
Here are nine of the tricks I’ve heard about a million times, and here’s how each one of them worked.
1. The first thing I tried was showering with a minty body wash to supposedly make my skin and brain more alert.
I Tried: Aveda Rosemary Mint Hand & Body Wash, $21; Aveda.com
Did It Work? A long, minty shower was a really nice way to start an otherwise crappy morning—read: nausea, exhaustion, weakness, and a headache thanks to pints of Yeungling. The energizing smell paired with the hot shower steam felt like a mini spa experience (minus the cushy robe and slippers). I did feel a little less out of it when I stepped out. But I usually do feel more awake after any shower—with or without the minty soap.
Would I Do It Again? If I had the minty products on hand, why not.
2. Next, I used a face mask to moisturize my dehydrated skin.
I Tried: Dr. Jart Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay in Moisturizing Pink, $15; Sephora.com
Did It Work? What I love about this particular mask is that it doubles as a foaming cleanser. So I was able to erase the extra remnants of Saturday night’s eyeliner that smeared all over my face AND get a hydrating treatment. In general, a moisturizing mask is a simple way to revive the skin after consuming alcohol (which dehydrates the body). After removing this mask, my other products went on smooth instead of getting stuck on dry flakes.
Would I Do It Again? If I’ve got five minutes to spare, sure.
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