Tis the season of Christmas parties, and for some of us the seemingly inevitable hangovers that follow. Is there anything we can do to avoid them? Short answer: No. But that doesn’t mean the entire office has to know about it, right?
Waking up to puffy eyes, blotchy skin, and wanting to reach for a litre of cold water are sure-fire signs you had one too many mulled wines last night. We’ve all been there. But you can get through this and fake it until you make it to home time.
However, ask a dozen people how to cure a hangover and you’ll get a dozen different answers. Eat greasy grub. Drink coffee. Pop over-the-counter pain relievers. So what’s the best way to mask your hangover in style? Here are The Shirt Company’s top 8.
Prevention is Everything
Yep, you heard. The best cure is to avoid alcohol altogether. But that’s no small ask – especially around the festive period. So, if you’re gonna go for gold on those Berry Mojitos, just be prepared and at a hearty meal before hitting the town.
While it may not be feasible to get your hands on a heaping plate of mineral-rich asparagus (which can help ease hangovers), whole grains prep your stomach for a night of debauchery and can be found on most menus. That way, you can ensure your body is full of the right nutrients and reduce the chances of grabbing a 2am burger. (Though any food is better than no food! And let’s face it: burgers are pretty delicious—especially after a drink or two.)
Prep for the Worst (and hopefully be pleasantly surprised!)
When you inevitably do wake up with that hangover (we warned you!), make sure you are prepared for the worst. Pack your work bag with aspirin, coconut water and antacids.
Nothing is worse than having to leave your apartment in this condition. You’ll thank yourself later. Those cold gel-filled face masks you keep in your fridge also come in handy!
Moisturise, Moisturise, MOISTURISE!
As well as depleting the body of vitamin A (which is needed for healthy cell turnover) alcohol also robs skin of moisture, which can leave it looking dull, dry and grey. What’s more, dry skin ages faster, which might explain why many alcoholics look so care worn.
You’ll need to rehydrate from the inside by downing plenty of water to restore some balance, obviously, but a moisturiser will instantly give skin a boost and improve its appearance too.
Dress Your Best
If you look the part, you’ll feel the part. A crisp, white button down shirt can be dressed up with a standout necklace or a lick of lippie to help offset any signs of dishevelment.
If you actually have to go into the office, we’d definitely recommend wearing a white shirt – everyone looks a bit more alive and healthy in a white shirt. White is also the most common colour worn to accentuate a tan – good news for when we’re feeling like Dracula. What’s more, when you’re in copious amounts of pain and can’t see straight, it’s important to keep things simple, minimal, and chic!
Eat Eggs for Breakfast
Sunny side up. Scrambled. In an omelet. When you have a hangover, certainly nothing is over easy!
Eating eggs the morning after provides energy like any other food, which is the primary benefit. They are extremely rich in protein, which helps raise mood-boosting serotonin levels as well as helping to reduce nausea. But eggs also contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver’s easily depleted glutathione. Aha!
Fake Flawless Skin
Pack on some extra bronzer today to add the glow back to your skin. As your body is detoxing from the alcohol, you face can tend to lose some of it’s natural sheen and colour. To combat this, add a few extra swipes of bronzer all over your face to perk up your look.
Drink ALL OF THE WATER… Obvious, yet essential!
Positive Mental Attitude!
Even though it may feel as if you are dying – stay positive. You will get through today, Cinderella!
Whether your head is pounding or you just keep sweating, your body is working hard to detox. This whole process is why you don’t look so hot when you’re hungover. It’s very hard to feel fabulous when you’re sweating profusely, let’s be honest. Just think of this as a way to put your beauty skills to the test – and you’ll be back in bed in no time, ready to face tomorrow a-fresh!