I’m not feelin’ so great today. While usually I have a social life that a retiree would scoff at (seriously, my gramps out parties me), last night, with the bait of being nominated for a young entrepreneur, I went out with a group of my most fun and rowdy group of friends to the Notable Awards. We ripped it up….until about 11:30pm (lol). But that was still enough time to get a few drinks in us (another rarity for me) and all said and done, I wasn’t tucked up in bed until 1am.
This was kind of a coincidence, because Italian Magazine La Republica had just asked me for my morning-after beauty tips that morning. Now I could put them into practice! We’re approaching holiday season soon, so here’s a little preparatory guide on how to stay gorgeous despite late nights and fast times.
1. Oil up! You know I love oils, and I’m going to recommend them again. After a night of drinking our skin is prey to massive dehydration. Slather your face in oil before going to bed and it will prevent flakes, dehydration lines and break outs. Yep, many of us break out from dehydration, so this quick step with help us bypass blemishes through skin nourishment. I know some of you out there get home so late you go to bed without washing your face (tsk, tsk); but if this happens, still oil up on top of your make up and all. While not cleansing is a big no-no for me, heavy moisturization in any circumstance will always help.
2. Scrub the gunk outta your pores. Even if you do wash and moisturize your skin after a night of partying, a great way to vivify the morning after is to exfoliate. Shed last night’s grime through a deep pore purge to prevent clogging and dullness. Getting rid of dead skin cells really helps your skin look bright and healthy and no one will know you are running on such little sleep. Exfoliation usually also helps with stimulating circulation, and increased blood flow will combat post-party puffiness. Take a few minutes to do some pressure points around your eyes while you scrub away to aid under eye bags.
3. Take an Ayurvedic hang over remedy. According to Ayurveda, alcohol is heating. This is why when we get hang overs we usually feel it in our temples (temporal headaches are said to be from increased heat). So while drinking water and hydrating is essential, also try to eat and drink cooling foods substances. Bananas, with their creamy, grounding properties are said to be an excellent Ayurvedic hang over snack, as is a little frozen yoghurt. A more specific drink that helps hang overs is a little lime (cooling) and water with a teaspoon of agave and pinch of salt (help us retain water/hydration). Dr Lad has a special hang over recipe that is similar to this that I’m currently looking for in my lecture notes (I think he adds some grated ginger to dispel toxins), but the above will do the trick!
4. Apply a clay hair mask. I’m so glad Toronto has a smoke-free policy for bars and restos, but if you live in city that doesn’t or you are spending time with friends who smoke, a clay mask is you best friend. Clay really helps purify and absorb smoke odors, so applying a clay-based hair mask will get the stink out of your hair. You can use a clay face mask if you can’t find one for hair in particular. If you have the luxury of taking it easy the morning after a big night, a nice long bath where you can sit back with a clay mask in your hair and exfoliating mask on your face will be post-party renewal. Because we all know the best beauty recuperation is rest and relaxation.