So you went out last night and ended up having rather too many cocktails to remember, and now you’ve woken up with false eyelashes stuck halfway down your face, the spot the size of Mr Blobby on your chin and a Louboutin missing (quelle horreur). Here’s a list of the best skin savers to use as an emergency hangover pack, and wipe away that post-party pallor.
First things first, you need a cold, invigorating shower. Ok, so maybe not cold, but make sure to buff your body with a body scrubber and a good scrub, such as The Sanctuary Salt Scrub, £11.25, sanctuary.com, or Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Scrub, £2.50, boots.com. Get a good exfoliating face wash as well, such as Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Scrub, £4.45, superdrug.com, to scrub off your party war-paint, scrape off a layer of dead skin cells, and unclog pores. Your skin will thank you for it!
Next on the list is a refreshing and revitalizing cleanser, such as the Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish, £10, thebodyshop.co.uk, or Nip + Fab Glycolic Foaming Cleanser £7.99, boots.com to purify, hydrate and smooth tired skin. After a good head massage to liven up your hair follicles with Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, £15.85 each, hqhair.com or John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, £5.99 each, boots.com, towel down and give your body an uplifting moisturise with Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream, £26, renskincare.com, to hydrate and soothe skin with added anti-inflammatory properties, or Palmer’s Olive Butter Formula Body Lotion, £3.85 for 250ml, boots.com.
If you’re aiming for a quiet morning with the TV remote and unlimited refills of iced water, make sure to add a 30 minute session in a Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Mask, 99p, superdrug.com. But if not, perfect for the dehydrated in need of a drink (that isn't of the alcoholic variety) is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, £15, clinique.co.uk.
On morning's when there's no option but to pull your socks up, pick up the pieces and act sociable for the day, fake eight hours sleep with the Garnier Caffeine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Roll-on, £6.99, superdrug.com, a refreshing roller ball containing caffeine to de-puff and tinted mineral pigments to cover dark circles, or Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener, £22, bareminerals.co.uk. Witch Anti-Blemish BB Balm, £6.99, boots.com, offers light coverage, brightening and an SPF 15 with added witch hazel extract to bust blemishes and can be used as a primer or base, or a light foundation.
If you’re able to stomach food (we’ve all been there when the thought of all those shots we did last night sends us running to the bathroom again), aim for simple foods, ideally raw fruit and vegetables for a boost of nutrients and vitamins. Keep drinking water to push out toxins whilst maintaining hydration levels (your body will sweat overtime as a way of eliminating the toxins), add a slice of cucumber for a slight twist to your county tap water, and take the day easy.