It’s officially the festive season, which means letting our hair down isn’t just reserved for the weekend and as Christmas approaches, office parties and mid-week gatherings with friends make hangovers at work an inevitable issue. Rather than be a scrooge and sit out on the festive fun, the Geeks think you should embrace the champers and then use our top hangover tips to mask the damage the next day…

Rehydrate

As we all know, too much alcohol massively dehydrates us and this can affect our skin (and coincidently, dehydration is the reason behind the hangover headache!). Dehydrated skin has less water in the stratum corneum, the outer layer of the skin, so can appear duller and less plump. A great way to stop the giveaway complexion is to use a really intense moisturiser or even better, a moisturising mask. When choosing your mask look out for ingredients like glycerin, urea, shea butter, hyaluronic acid and ceramides as these can help trap water in the skin to plump the epidermis and improve complexion.

De-puff the bags

The skin around our eyes is five times thinner than the rest of our bodies; so naturally, it will be the first to show those tell tale signs of a great night out. Puffy eyes can be a result of fluid retention and can be a giveaway sign of a lack of sleep. The best way to tackle post-night out puffiness is an eye cream that is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant agents, like aloe vera, liquorice extract, caffeine and green tea extract!

Beauty sleep

We know it might be difficult to get the recommended 8 hours sleep if you have been dancing the night away but try and get bed as early as possible as studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to the appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes, as well as pale skin and an increased appearance of lines and wrinkles. We know that probably seems quite an obvious one, but it’s nice to have some science to back it up!

Remove your makeup

We know your cleansing routine normally goes out of the window after a couple of mojitos, and you want nothing more than to kick off your heels and head straight to bed. However, leaving your make up on overnight can dull your complexion and clog pores, which then leads to spotty outbreaks. If you didn’t manage to remove it before going to bed, make sure you do a good cleanse when you get up. Unfortunately make up wipes don’t qualify as a good cleanse as they rarely remove all of our make up and they can be very drying on the skin, due to their high alcohol concentration!

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