While usually I have a social life that a retiree would scoff at (seriously, my gramps out-parties me), I recently went out with a group of my most fun and rowdy group of friends. We ripped it up, until about 11:30pm! 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. The next morning, I wasn’t feeling so great. This was kind of a coincidence, because Italian Magazine La Republica had asked me for my morning-after beauty tips. Now I could put them into practice! 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 breakouts. Yep, many of us break out from dehydration, so this quick step will help us bypass blemishes through nourishing our skin. I know some of you out there get home so late and you go to bed without washing your face (tsk, tsk). But if this happens, still oil up, on top of your makeup and all. While not cleansing before going to bed is a big no-no for me, making sure to keep your skin moisturized 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 massage some pressure points around your eyes while you scrub away to decrease under eye bags.
3. Take an Ayurvedic hangover remedy. According to Ayurveda, alcohol is heating. This is why when we get hangovers 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. Bananas, with their creamy, grounding properties, are said to be an excellent Ayurvedic hangover snack. A more specific drink that helps hangovers is a little lime (cooling) and water with a teaspoon of agave and a pinch of salt (helps our body retain water/hydration). Dr. Vasant Lad has a special hangover 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 restaurants, 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.
Kristen Ma is the co-owner of Pure + Simple Inc., a group of Holistic Spas with its own line of Natural Skincare and Mineral Make-up. She is an Ayurvedic Practitioner who has studied in Canada, the United States and India. She is also a Certified Esthetician with eight years of practical experience, having worked in Canada as well as Australia. Most recently, Kristen has authored “Beauty: Pure + Simple” which was published by Mc Arthur and Company. Kristen has written on the subject of Holistic Beauty for Vitality Magazine, Blink and Jasmine. She is also a regular contributor to B Magazine, Tonic and Sweat Equity Magazine. She blogs regularly at Holistic Vanity.