How to Survive a Hangover
by Abby McIntosh
There’s nothing like indulging in a little bit of excess from time to time. 2017 was a rough year, and if you’re anything like us, you’re going to celebrate its end by throwing moderation out the window for a sec. Going out with a bang, however, often means paying the price the next day…aka you might be feeling pretty rough on January 1st. Bloating, headaches, dry skin — not exactly how you want to start 2018. Because we’re always rooting for you, we’ve compiled our best hangover tips (and a wishlist of hangover-banishing helpers) so you can show 2018 who’s boss. Read on for how to handle your hangover like a pro.
First things first.
So let’s say that you forget to chug water when you get home from your big night out. That means you’ll wake up the next day with a gnarly headache and not-so-glowy skin. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Plan on kicking off your morning after recuperation sesh by lighting one of these Boy Smells votives. We’re obsessed with the brand, and the scents in this votive trio are just as good as the packaging. Breathe in notes of palo santo and juniper berry; breathe out whatever fruit punch is still in your system. If you know that puffy eyes will be an inevitable part your hangover equation, plan ahead. Gina, our Email Marketing Manager, advises that you stick Milk Makeup Cooling Water in the fridge and leave it there overnight so that its depuffing powers will be extra energizing.
To get your body back on track, our Producer, Edelawit, suggests upping your rehydration game by tossing one of these activated charcoal sticks into your water. According to the University a Michigan guide, activated charcoal easily attaches to toxins, helping to carry them out of your digestive system. If you want to take the activated charcoal situation to the next level while you brush your teeth the next morning (‘cus tbh you might skip doing that when you get home night-of), here are some charcoal-infused toothbrushes and toothpaste that will have you feeling fresh ‘n clean and also look A+ in your bathroom.
Once you’ve guzzled that water, hop in the shower and give your face a well-deserved refresh with Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser, which has purifying matcha and microbead-free exfoliators that’ll scrub off last night’s mistakes and grimey eyeliner. Once you’re out of the shower, throw on a purifying clay mask (like this trusty Origins one) to keep the detox train going. Feel free to accessorize with this cat-eared headband so you don’t get face mask in your hair. Follow up with a few swipes of Milk Makeup Matcha Toner, formulated with calming cactus elixir and kombucha, and the cleansing portion of your hangover care routine is done.
Food for thought.
Now that you’ve showered, it’s probably a good idea to get some food into your system. Hangover food is a highly subjective matter, but if you need help choosing, our Art Director, Alexa, swears by a veggie burger and sweet potato fries from Bareburger, and our E-Commerce Coordinator, Camille, favors a burrito. If you can stomach the thought of kale salad, then congrats to you, but we’re all about comfort food.
All the hydration.
Once you’ve ordered your food (you’re not going outside today, are you?), it’s time to turn to other serious matters like moisturizing. Douse yourself in this ultra-soothing Dr. Jart body oil and then step right into this alien bathrobe while your body oil sinks in. (Bonus tip: next time you go out, if the festivities are bound to leave your face feeling dry, roll on a few clicks of Sunshine Oil and pat it in to absorb before applying your party lewk.) Once you’re done slathering from head to toe, make your way over to your couch and let yourself marinate while you wait for your food to arrive.
Your skin feels fresh, you’re as moisturized as you can reasonably be, and food is on the way. Things are looking up. All that’s left is queuing up Season 14 of America’s Next Top Model, or your personal stream-for-hours show-of-choice, and continuing to chug that activated charcoal water. Once your food arrives, you’ll have everything you need for a legendary day of recovery. In the unfortunate event that you actually do have to be somewhere, throw on these Illesteva sunglasses and hope that your boss is more hungover than you are.