A night out is a must from time to time, but no one wants last night’s decisions to be apparent on our face the next morning.
Luckily, there are ways to cure what I refer to as “hangover face” in and out of the Studio.
Facial redness, dehydrated patches, and puffy eyes are dead giveaways of a long night out. At the Studio, when a client comes in with these issues, I focus on drainage techniques, massaging, and anti-inflammatory LED light therapy. My favorite color to use for this is the Red LED, as it penetrates deeper in to the skin to combat ‘hangover face’. I would follow with Green LED, which is soothing.
If you can’t make it into the Studio, start your day by drinking a lot of water to re-hydrate and balance your pH level. If you’re interested in doing your own facial routine, here’s what I recommend for different target areas: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V 1970 followed by Creme Masque Vernix is good to calm inflamed skin. Medik8’s Red Alert Serum or Calming Serum from Dr. Sturm for treating redness. To get your eyes looking their best, I recommend Biologique Recherche ’s Patchs Defatigants eye masks and while the mask is on, run Biologique Recherche’s Cryosticks overtop to help minimize puffiness and swelling. To get a boost of hydration, use Medik8’s Hydra8 B5 Serum and Meders Hydra-Fill Mask. And, if you have time, take a bath in Epsom Salt in lukewarm water to increase circulation to your whole body.
When you sleep, your skin absorbs product significantly better than it does when you are awake, so a proper bedtime routine is imperative (even if it is a quick one!). Because alcohol dehydrates your skin, it is important to hydrate the skin. Try a hydrating mask, as well as an intense eye and lip treatment), to avoid dryness and under eye puffiness.
If you can remember, take an Advil (or two) before bed!