Maybe you thought that last night’s third cocktail was a great idea… but your skin disagrees. (And now you do, too.)
Alcohol is notoriously dehydrating, and often leaves skin sensitive, irritated, and wildly prone to breakouts.
Nicholas Perricone, MD, explains further: “Alcohol alters the blood flow to the skin and produces an unhealthy appearance for days following overindulgence,” he says. “This effect can manifest as dullness, enlarged pores, discoloration, a red and blotchy complexion, puffiness around the eyes, loss of contour, sagging, and lack of resilience.” So, everything you don’t want to happen to your skin.
Stay one step ahead of your hangover with our top picks of the products that will fix the fatigued face you’ll wake up to when your alarm goes off. (Sorry about that.)
Chances are you weren’t entirely successful in removing your makeup when you stumbled into bed after a big night out. (We know from experience.) And whether it’s four coats of caked-on mascara or a lightweight mineral foundation you’ve now been wearing for a full 24 hours, this nourishing cleanser will remove all traces of it without stripping the skin or leaving you any more parched than you already are.
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, $9.60, available at The Body Shop.
This gentle cream cleanser provides immediate relief for irritated or uncomfortable skin, and will leave you (or at least your skin) feeling soothed and refreshed.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, $14.99, available at Walgreens.
This brightening day moisturizer changes color to adapt to your skin tone and provides long-lasting hydration with a healthy glow. Perfect for when your complexion needs a little (or a lot) more help than usual.
Shiseido WASO Color-Smart Day Moisturizer SPF 30, $38, available at Sephora.
If you didn’t make it home until 3 a.m. but have to be at work by 9 a.m. (ouch), don’t leave the house without applying this game-changing calming serum. Formulated using all-natural ingredients, it calms irritation, combats signs of fatigue, and reduces redness — what more could you need?
Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum, $250, available at Neiman Marcus.
Dark circles, bags, and puffiness are always a telltale sign you enjoyed yourself the night before. This lightweight cream is enriched with coffee bean, panax ginseng, and magnolia to minimize all of the above, while also brightening tired skin.
Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream Brighten and Depuff, $31, available at Origins.
Brighten an alcohol-induced dull complexion with this deep cleaning mask. Using camphor, almond extract, honey-infused kaolin clay, and glycerin, it alleviates blotchiness, breakouts, and puffiness in one fell swoop.
Eve Lom Rescue Mask, $85, available at Sephora.
If last night’s smoky eye just won’t budge, drench a cotton pad with this bi-phase formula and sweep over lids. Thanks to an infusion of rose and cornflower waters, it’ll leave the sensitive area cleaner
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover, $30, available at Clarins.
Improve a lackluster complexion with this daily moisturizer. It’s fortified with vitamin D, which contributes to cell growth, hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, and gooseberry extract, containing vitamin C, to promote a healthy glow.
Goldfaden MD Vital Boost, $68, available at Goldfaden MD.
Hyaluronic acid is hungover skin’s best friend: This serum restores the skin’s barrier, intensely hydrates, and makes the skin more resilient to daily aggressors like fatigue and pollution (and happy hour).
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum, $36, available at Vichy.
There’s a reason people swear by this brightening, gently exfoliating toner: It helps wide away dead skin cells while hydrating and soothing skin, using aloe vera, ginseng, and 5% glycolic acid.
Pixi Glow Tonic, $15, available at Target.
Let this luxe serum do the work for you while you focus on sleeping it off: Enriched with squalene, essential oils, and omega-6 fatty acids, all you need to do is apply before bed to wake up with a softer, hydrated, more supple complexion.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $47, available at Kiehl’s.
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