We’re inching closer to the New Year and while we’re on a super slowed down version, COVID-19 won’t stop us from getting turnt, even if that’s at home or in an intimate setting. This joyous season feels like relief, filled with semi-socialising, late nights, cocktails, and food. But, like ghosts of hangover past, these indulgences won’t taking it easy on your skin or body. So, as a professional beauty and skincare enthusiast, I’m recommending eight beauty and wellness rituals that might just bring you, your skin, and your body back to life.
While not a beauty ritual, it’s the number one thing you want to do the next morning. Alcohol and excess sugars cause severe dehydration and inflammation, leading to sickness, bloating, and a collecting of toxins. In order to detox, hydrate yourself. Along with sipping on lemon water, you can get an intense hydration boost with a glass of electrolytes. Oh, and quick tip, avoid tea and coffee right after a heavy night of indulgence. In case you can’t get access to electrolytes, a fresh glass of coconut water is a great alternative.
LSA Loves: Olena Forward Vegan BCAA Coconut Water
Yup, nothing like the good ol’ moisturiser. Slather your face with a hydrating moisture mask. It’s simple, but does the trick, for your skin at least.
LSA Loves: The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
3. Roll away the pain
We’re talking about ice rollers. A heavy night can be tough on your lymphatic drainage system and there’s major heat built-up in your body. So, an ice cold roller will refresh your skin and flush out some toxins. Follow up your moisturiser ritual with a little bit of this. And don’t stop there. Roll your entire body, using a foam roller to ease away pain and aid circulation. If you don’t have an ice roller, use ice cubes, and if you don’t have a foam roller, you can try easy yoga stretches.
LSA Loves: The HOB Pink Ice Roller
4. Avoid greasy food
While it may seem like a great idea the morning after, you might want to save those cravings for another day. Eating heavy and greasy food isn’t the best way to deal with a hangover. In fact, your body breaks down heavy food and ethanol through the same process, so you’re only adding more stress to your metabolic system. This means more fat storage, more puffiness. Instead, opt for light foods, soups, veggies, and smoothies.
If you want to aid this process further, you can take a vitamin and antioxidant supplement the night before. It will keep a bad hangover at bay by helping your liver detox. This can also help you avoid bloating and skin issues the next day.
Seriously, you need it. You’ve just put your body through the wringer and now it needs time to recuperate. So, sleep on time the day after a party and don’t push yourself. While you’re at it, treat your skin and hair (they really need it) by resting on a silk pillowcase. While your skin is in rage mode, this may just help calm it down a little.
Take the rolling one step further and book yourself a massage in advance. You can book one right now, on Urban Company. They come home with candles, a spa bed, and provide super safe and professional services (mask and face shield in tow). Ease those headaches and get fluid circulation going again, as the oils hydrate you from the outside in.
This isn’t just hocus pocus. It’s time to pull out that diffuser and humidify some peppermint or lavender oil through the room. For starters, the cooler months can get dry, so this will get a little humidity going. Plus, these essential oils are known to curb nausea, headaches, and fatigue. In fact, double them up and mix them with your massage oil for added effect. Make sure your essential oils are pure and therapeutic-grade.
LSA Loves: R.K’s Aroma essential oils
8. Get Some O2
Take a walk, get some fresh air. This will get your metabolism, skin, hair, and everything back on the road to recovery, and much faster than you think. Now, I would say some things in life are free, but pure air isn’t one of them. Unfortunately, thanks to the climate crisis, you may need a little help from the Dyson Pure Hot plus Cool Air Purifier. Just plug it in, get a light exercise going, and breathe!