Beauty

Hangover cures that'll help you look fresh faced after a big night out

Partying until the early hours can take it's toll on your complexion. Here's how to remedy redness and dehydrated or dull-looking skin

01 January 2018 - 00:00 By Nokubonga Thusi
Alcohol can dehydrate your skin, so it's important to moisturise.
Alcohol can dehydrate your skin, so it's important to moisturise.
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HANGOVER PROBLEM 1: DEHYDRATED SKIN

What causes it? After a long night, especially one containing one too many shots, the skin loses a lot of water since alcohol is a diuretic.

What 'cures' it? After cleansing your skin, use a serum or moisturiser rich in hyaluronic acid to inject moisture into the cells or try a mask for intense hydration. 

HANGOVER PROBLEM 2: REDNESS

What causes it? Blame it on the alcohol, but those flushed cheeks aren’t going anywhere. Drinking causes blood vessels to dilate, resulting in redness and even burst capillaries. 

What 'cures' it? Combat this by using products containing cucumber, chamomile, or aloe vera to reduce redness.

HANGOVER PROBLEM 3: DULL TEXTURE

What 'cures' it? Antioxidants are your little helpers when skin needs to look healthy and revived. Concentrate on giving your skin a serum or moisturiser with doses of vitamin C to brighten the skin, or vitamin A to increase cell turnover and make skin appear more youthful.

• This article is adapted from one originally published in The Edit Man S/S17, a stand-alone Sunday Times fashion magazine sent out to select subscribers. Read it online now.


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