The Morning After
There are certain times of the year when you know for a fact that you’re going to be out, partying just as hard as you can. We don’t really need a reason to party into the next day, but New Year’s Eve does make the best excuse to do so. But it catches up with you after you hit the sack and wake up the next morning– the dreaded hangover! Not only do you look like something the cat dragged in, chances are that you feel like it, too. Unfortunately, you don’t always have the luxury of resting in bed until the after-effects of the late nights disappear. So, how do you get to dance through the night and navigate the next day without stumbling? Here are some tips to help you have the best of both worlds.
For The Hangover:
Okay… so you had a bit too much to drink last night. Or maybe more than a bit. Once the sun rises, it’s time to face the aftermath! The mouth gets dry, maybe a bit of dizziness, and of course, there is that awful, awful nausea. They say that when you feel so horrible the day after, it’s the price you pay for having such a splendid time the night before, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves to party hard and not pay the price. Of course, it’s always best not to consume too much alcohol; but when it’s too late for logic, here’s what you can do to get through the day. The best way to get rid of hangover symptoms is definitely to grab as much sleep as possible. But if sleep is a luxury you really can’t afford this morning, then here are a few quick tips to help you weather the storm:
• While you’re partying, keep a glass or bottle of water handy. If you have about eight ounces of water between alcoholic drinks, you won’t feel nearly as bad when you wake up.
• A strong coffee definitely helps lessen the pounding headache, and might even get rid of that double vision. But after all that alcohol, your body can be quite dehydrated. And if you add too much caffeine to it, the dehydration will only get worse. So, it’s best to stick to a single cup. But remember that caffeine is a stimulant, and alcohol is a depressant; however, the two combined do not always cancel each other out. Try having a large glass of fresh fruit juice instead. A non-alcoholic beverage reduces the dehydration induced by alcohol, and the natural sugar gives your energy level a boost.
• You might not feel up to it, but a big breakfast will definitely make you feel better. Try some toast and fresh fruits in place of greasy food like bacon or sausages. Carbs help you fight the fatigue. Eggs help fight the morning-after chemicals and so does honey. Egg and cucumber sandwiches washed down by green tea with honey are a great bet – cucumber, with its water content, will help.
For The Morning Makeup:
The late night partying not only stresses out your body on the inside, but the outside as well. Often, after getting back home, all you want to do is slip into bed and just crash, so the makeup removal and proper skin cleansing just doesn’t happen. Once again, it is the morning that brings out the worst. Here’s what you can do to bring back that glow:
• A quick-fix is to use a brightening mask which will help to hydrate and nourish the skin. If you have a few minutes to spare in the morning before heading out, try rubbing the peel of an orange on your skin. This creates a radiant look by brightening up the face. Better still, use the juice of an orange slice on the skin as a face wash; it helps to restore the collagen that firms up the skin.
• Follow the regular drill of cleansing, moisturising and protecting the skin before stepping out. Then moisturise again, and keep touching up. Your skin is dehydrated, too.
• Using a primer or a good foundation as a base for your makeup can help cover the blemishes and conceal tiredness.
• Don’t forget to use a good sunblock for all the exposed areas of the face, neck and arms before heading out. Preferably use one with at least SPF 30 to make sure you’re well-protected.
• Those unwanted dark circles can be covered up with a good brightening eye cream. Choose one which can not only cover up the dark circles but will also hide the puffiness. Avoid using heavy makeup for the eyes - this is not the time you want your eyes grabbing all the attention.
• Your body will be dehydrated for a while; so your lips will get dry periodically. Instead of a lip colour, you might want to use a lip gloss to keep them moist.
Now that you know how to look and feel your usual best in the morning, what’s to stop you from partying the night away? Just don’t kid yourself… moderation always makes the most sense!