holiday season — basically the whole month of December and the countless bottles of red wine that came with it — was a tolerance buildup to the culmination that is New Year’s Eve. And now that we’re quickly approaching 2020, we’re all hoping to arrive in good form — not facedown in a pillow, thinking: “ I’m never drinking again.”
To help prep a proper alcohol-rehab plan, you’ll need to give your skin a little extra TLC. Thus, we tapped our favorite celebrity aestheticians and skin-care pros to break down exactly how to cure compromised skin, so you can stock the necessities, and roll into the new year with bright eyes and dewy complexion.
Ahead, find six simple steps to reversing hangover face — plus foolproof skin-care tricks to get you through every long night of winter 2020.
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Step one: Remove all remnants of last night’s mascara.
Manish Shah, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon, says a proper cleansing is vital for restoring the skin’s balance. “If going to the sink is too much effort, use cleansing cloths like E.l.f. Hydrating Water ones,” Shah recommends. “They easily remove makeup and nourish the skin with aloe and vitamins B & E, which cool on contact and soothe and moisturize skin.” e.l.f. Cosmetics e.l.f. Cosmetics Online Only Hydrating Water Cleansing Cloths, $, available at Ulta Beauty
When you look in the mirror and notice puffiness, step one is to start massaging. Celebrity cosmetic dermatologist
Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank says Madonna’s MDNA Skin Beauty Roller is the créme de la créme of at-home sculpting devices. (He’s a consultant for the brand.)
But if you don’t have the trendy $200 device in your bathroom cabinet, you can use any
jade roller (pop it in the freezer for a few minutes for a cooling effect) or even just your fingers. Dr. Frank tells us that the primary goal is to energize and lift the skin by promoting lymphatic drainage. Angela Caglia La Vie En Rose Face Roller, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
After your massage, grab the nearest exfoliating mask and set the timer for 15 minutes. “Exfoliation usually acts as a mini facial,” says celebrity aesthetician
Joanna Vargas, who recommends this mask from her own line. “This one will give your skin an instant glow, evening out any splotchy pigmentation and reducing inflammation.” Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask, $, available at Joanna Vargas
Once you rinse and pat your face dry with a clean towel, give your skin a quick once-over with a
hydrating face mist or an essence. “Not only does this feel refreshing,” explains Dr. Frank, “but it will visibly restore the skin’s moisture levels, rebalancing the overall tone.” Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, $, available at Ulta Beauty
Whether it was the Champagne tower or the 20 minutes of total REM sleep you logged last night, your puffy under eyes might be displaying a lovely swirl of blues and purples. To firm and brighten bags, Dr. Frank recommends using cooling eye gels, like these gold ones from
MZ Skin, which instantly take down inflammation.
If you don’t have
eye gels on hand, Vargas says you can actually sub in chamomile tea. “Steep the tea bags in hot water, take them out until they cool, and put one on each eye for 10 minutes,” she instructs. “It’s a little DIY trick that will have you looking refreshed and de-puffed.” MZ Skin Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Mask, $, available at Neiman Marcus
Like a Gatorade for your skin, a moisturizing mask will help infuse some welcome hydration into your face. Vargas recommends picking up a formula with humectants, or DIY-ing one at home. “You wants something with antioxidants and fatty acids, which will keep skin hydrated, even when you’re hungover and braving the bone-dry winter weather,” she says.
new mask from Drunk Elephant is a great pick because it’s packed with electrolytes to plump your skin back to health while you sleep (all day). Drunk Elephant Drunk Elephant F-Balm™ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask, $, available at Sephora
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