Stay on top form with these hangover-beating tips from Emma Van Hinsbergh
Emma Van Hinsbergh
The first thing you need to do if you’ve overindulged the night before is have a big glass of hot water with lemon to help detoxify your liver. You could also try taking a liver-strengthening milk thistle supplement or tincture, and Susan Haar, homeopath at Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy (nelsonspharmacy.com), recommends the remedy kali phos to help with mental exertion, mild anxiety and tiredness.
A decent breakfast will help to replace all of those lost nutrients your body has burned up trying to process the alcohol. Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at superfooduk.com, recommends eating eggs because they are rich in cysteine, which is needed to break down acetaldehyde.
If you can’t face solids at such a delicate time, make yourself a smoothie by blending a banana with some antioxidant-rich berries, a big handful of spinach to help alkalise your body, a spoonful of cashew butter and some mineral-rich coconut water. To really pack a superfood punch, throw in some spirulina and maca for extra energy.
Breakfast over, you need to work on restoring your face to its former glory. Start with an invigorating shower finishing with icy cold water to really wake up your system. To banish puffy eyes, celebrity facialist Jill Zander (jillzander.co.uk) recommends applying cold chamomile tea bags for five minutes then gently massaging the eye area to help disperse fluid build-up.
Next, use a decent facial scrub or an exfoliating face mask to instantly brighten your skin followed by a serum containing hyaluronic acid, such as Skin Revivals Radiance Serum (skinrevivals.com). When it comes to make-up, a tinted moisturiser is as close to magic as it gets for hungover skin so don’t skip it. Follow that with a pop of colour on your cheeks to instantly add life to your face – go for a gorgeous natural shade like Inika Peachy Keen Mineral Blush (inika.co.uk).
Finally work on your eyes but keep it minimal. Use a yellow-based concealer to combat dark shadows followed by two coats of mascara on the top lashes to open up your eyes.
Try these post-party tricks and you can razz it up all night long safe in the knowledge that you’ll look amazing the next day. Bingo!
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