Hangovers. They're like the person you hooked-up with that gave you instant regret. Hangovers not only wreak havoc on your body, but on your skin, too (we're talking to you, ladies.)
Frequent alcohol-ing is not only dehydrating, but can suck vital vitamins and nutrients right out of it. You could also suffer from brittle hair, dark circles, bloodshot eyes, and even blindness. What!?!?
"Over time, drinking heavily can have other, more permanent, detrimental effects on your skin. Rosacea, a skin disorder that starts with a tendency to blush and flush easily and can eventually lead to facial disfigurement-- is linked to alcohol," said Dr. Gretchen Frieling, a Boston-area board certified dermatopathologist. "Since alcohol increases your blood flow, it often causes blood vessels in your face to dilate (sometimes permanently) and often burst, leaving behind broken capillaries and red spots that are difficult to get rid of."
Well, that sucks.
Stay hydrated: Aside from giving up booze altogether, Dr. Frieling says it is possible to minimize the unwanted effects of alcohol by constantly staying hydrated. “That means drinking a full glass of water for every cocktail you have. Drink even more water before you go to bed to flush the alcohol out of your system so you wake up less dehydrated, puffy and flushed,” she advises.
Take care of your skin before bed: Taking care of your skin before hitting the sack is also crucial. Dr. Frieling advises fully washing your face and then applying a moisturizer, like a hydrating serum before getting into bed. “Sleeping with dirty skin makes it prone to clogged pores and acne.”
Prop pillows and use tea: One of the best ways to minimize the eye and face puffiness is to sleep on two pillows, slightly propped up. In the morning, rubbing ice cubes all over your face helps, too.
Cover up what you can’t cure: To camouflage the redness in the face, use a green-tinted primer before applying makeup, which should help neutralize any redness. If you must use foundation, look for a lightweight, moisturizing formula. Avoid powders, as they are often more drying.
Consider lasers: When at-home remedies aren’t making much of a difference. There are pricier measures you can take to minimize the effects of alcohol. “Certain laser treatments can reduce redness and spider veins on the face. It’s important to see someone who is well trained to administer the laser treatment,” suggests Dr. Frieling.
Choose your booze wisely: If you are going to consume alcohol know that different alcohols have different effects on the skin, but as a general rule, the clearer, the better. Vodka, gin, and tequila leave your system quicker.
Crack Wise-dom: Drink half a box of wine, and half a box of water. Gets bangs. Invent real-life soft focus. Wear a wig.
We got this.
Haus of V is a creative collective that shares a similar mindset -- with a twist.