6 Tricks To Hide Your Hangover
Let’s not broadcast those bad decisions
You wake up dehydrated and your body looks cut, but your face is suffering. A hangover comes with red eyes, puffy lids and ashen skin. So unless you consider it a compliment to be told “you look rough,” some quick fixes are in order. Haul yourself out of bed and follow this routine to look like you spent the night catching up on Netflix and went to bed at a decent hour. Or at least look better than the rest of your crew.
WAKE UP YOUR FACE.
Your head is pounding and a hot shower might be what you crave. But if your face is red and puffy, resist.
“When you take a hot shower, your body temperature heats up, so your body responds by sending more blood to your skin to regulate temperature,” says Brendan Camp, a board-certified dermatologist based in Northern Virginia.
That’s why rashes will look redder after a hot shower. So will your rosy face.
Turn the water to cool, or fill a sink and splash cold water on your face. The low temperature will help diminish redness and tighten pores. Plus, you might actually feel awake.
SLAP ON SOME ANTIOXIDANTS.
Last night you lost your dignity, your wallet, and your phone. You also lost a bunch of the vitamins in your system that prevent aging and skin damage.
“We know that drinking alcohol decreases antioxidant levels in the skin,” says Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. “So there’s an argument for applying a topical antioxidant before bed to keep the skin healthy.”
Look for a serum that contains vitamin C or vitamin E—Zeichner likes the Flavo-C Serum from Spanish company Isdin, which also contains ginkgo biloba. Healthy skin means less inflammation, and less damage over time.
CHOOSE YOUR PAINKILLER WISELY.
You probably have a go-to for a headache. But this time, go with aspirin.
The plain-and-simple painkiller has anti-inflammatory qualities that will help keep puffiness and redness in check. Plus, depending on what time you called it a night, you might still be metabolizing your last few Fireball shots, so you should avoid painkillers that you wouldn’t want to mix with alcohol, such as acetaminophen.
OPEN YOUR EYES.
We get it, you’re sensitive to light. But you can’t hide behind shades all day.
First step, get rid of the redness and moisten your eyes with drops. Then, when you pass your boss in the hall, open your eyes rather than squinting like an angry racoon.
Next, let’s lose the baggage. We’re talking about those under-eye bags.
“Right now, it’s unclear whether under-eye puffiness is directly associated with heavy drinking, or rather a side effect of lack of sleep,” says Zeichner.
In either case, turns out the cure is the same: caffeine.
“Eye creams containing caffeine can help constrict blood vessels and reduce the appearance of puffiness,” says Zeichner.
Incidentally, this is why some people use tea bags on their puffy eyes. But we find something like Kiehl’s Eye Alert saves time. And it doesn’t involve lying down, which right now could lead straight back to bed.
FIX YOUR BREATH.
You’re so focused on your eyes (and your headache) that you risk forgetting all about your sour, post-bender mouth.
Chances are, you didn’t take great care of your teeth before bed last night. Now you have an epic case of morning breath.
Time to root out the remnants of those nachos you ate at 3 a.m. because you thought they would “soak up the alcohol.” (That’s not a thing, by the way.) Floss, brush, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. Then have an apple on the way to work to get your saliva flowing again.
MAKE YOUR SKIN LOOK ALIVE.
You shaved. You put on a suit. But you still have that dull, ashen, wish-I-was-dead look. What now?
“In the morning if you feel like your skin is dull you can look at brightening products,” says Zeichner. “For example, you can look for soy, which has brightening properties.”
Another powerful anti-oxidant, soy can help restore your glow—or at least make you less leaden.
You look good. You feel good-ish. Grab a bottle of water and you’re ready to go. Only eight hours until happy hour.