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Question: What are the best beauty cures for hangovers?

Answer: We’ve all woken up groggy and achy after a long night of one too many cocktails. Losing a few precious hours of sleep in conjunction with alcohol can leave your body and skin seriously dehydrated. You know that terrible feeling when you feel like all the moisture has been sucked from your body, your eyes are puffy, your skin is red and blotchy, you have a headache, and you just want to lie in bed? Well, for those of you who don’t have the luxury of resting all day, here are some tips to help reverse and hide the signs of having a little too much fun the night prior:

Re-hyrdate

You know that I-need-to-pee-every-five-seconds feeling you get whenever you drink? Well, that is because alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes the body to produce urine, expelling a lot of necessary moisture from your body in the process. Which is why it’s so important to stay hydrated throughout the night. If you were forgetful and forgot to load up on water during the night, recharge the next morning with a tall glass of water as soon as you wake up. Fill up a water bottle and take it everywhere with you throughout the day.

When it comes to your skin, hydrate from the inside out with a good moisturizer. Gently pat on a nice light-weight moisturizer to your face (preferably one with SPF!) and décolletage to ensure your skin gets the moisture it needs. We always reach for Aesop’s Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream.

De-puff

I am not at all a stranger to the dreaded puffy eye look—it happens to the best of us. The first thing I do when I wake up after a long night out (after drinking water of course), is wash my face and splash some cold water on my skin—the cold water soothes the skin and helps turn down the redness and inflammation. If you want to go the extra mile, you can store your eye cream in the refrigerator and apply it slightly chilled to your eyes in the morning—it does wonders! Don’t use eye cream? You can even keep some clean spoons or wet cotton pads in the fridge and put those on your eyes for a few minutes in the morning to bring down the puffiness!

Anti-redness

If you wake up to a red and blotchy mess, even out your complexion with something soothing and color correcting. BB and CC creams are a great route, as they contain many skin-loving and moisturizing ingredients!

Brighten up

Now it’s time to nix those wretched signs of fatigue—and nothing will brighten up your face more than curling those eyelashes! To further brighten your face, apply a shimmery pale eye shadow to the inner corners of your eyes—you’ll look instantly more awake. If you want to go even further, think of investing in a tan or flesh toned eyeliner for your waterline. We love Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude; its light flesh-toned color is less stark than a pure white liner and cancels out redness, which will make you bright-eyed and bushy tailed all day.

After a bit of self-pampering in the morning, you’ll have everyone thinking you had a calm night in—don’t worry: I won’t tell!