I hope everyone’s had a fantastic weekend! I had a really great time this weekend feeding my friends delicious foods, indulging in sweet dessert wines and walking around, checking out the city’s transformation during La Nuit Blanche.
To be honest, I didn’t really get La Nuit Blanche. It’s this event organized by the city of Paris which is supposed to turn the whole city into an awesome light show, with numerous musical events and art exhibits everywhere. But I just didn’t see any of that. We either failed at finding all the supposed cool stuff or the city did a terrible job of organizing the event. Anyway, we eventually gave up and found ourselves in a bar dancing until the wee hours of the morning. And now I am suffering from what I call The After-Party Blah’s.
The After-Party Blah’s can last for a whole week, but is particularly the worst the morning after. This is when my skin looks pale and feels dry, my eyes are puffy with dark, ghoulish shadows and I am just overall very tired and nauseous. Honestly, I didn’t even drink that much alcohol. I limited myself to about three glasses of wine, which were spaced out over a couple of hours. And then I refused to drink anything else but water for the rest of the night. I think what’s really done me in has been the lack of sleep. It seems that my body just can’t handle the late nights anymore.
But if you’re like me, you’ve probably done this enough so that by now you’ve learned a thing or two on how to minimize the After-Party Blah’s. So here are some tips, from yours truly, on keeping your skin happy after a fun, late-night out.
Before you pass out:
1) Drink a crap ton of water!! All the alcohol and dancing from last night will be a doubly dehydrating whammy on your body. Also, drinking water before you go to sleep is a sure way to minimize the hangover that’s waiting for you in the morning. So drink until you feel and hear your belly gurgling with water. And then drink some more!
2) Wash your face. Yes, even when you’ve already blacked out and you’re time traveling in another dimension, you should still wash your face. How’s that, you say? Washing your face before you go to bed should become a reflex so that you don’t even have to think about it to do it. At the very least, use a cleansing face wipe to remove make-up, sweat and impurities from your face.
3) Give it some moisture. The loss of hydration and moisture takes the biggest toll on your skin. So no matter how tired you are, and however haphazardly you may do it, slather some hydrating night cream on your skin to begin your post-party rehydration session before you even pass out.
When you wake up:
1) Wash your face again. Use warm water and a gentle cleanser to remove any remaining traces of make-up and impurities from your skin. Then splash cold water onto your face to help give you a wake-up jolt.
2) Use a hydrating mask. Again, you are on a mission to rehydrate your skin. Use a hydrating mask to provide moisture and to lock it into place. I really love Alorée’s Masque Eclat Life Resource for this. It’s a super hydrating mask whose active ingredients are based on oxygenizing chlorophyl. Expect a review of this product soon.
3) Calming eye treatments. Dehydration is the culprit for the morning-after puffiness. Whether you use a cooling eye mask, cucumber slices, tea spoons or eye gels that you keep in the fridge, the idea is to put something cold over your eyes to bring down the puffiness.
4) Skip the coffee. I know, I know. It smells so good and it’s so tempting, but you will look and feel so much better off if you skip the coffee. I don’t follow this advice all the time, but whenever I give in to coffee I always end up feeling like crap. So opt for a tall glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice instead, and keep drinking that throughout the day. And for breakfast, treat yourself to an energizing green smoothie.
5) Your skin wants a cocktail. That is, a cocktail of anti-oxidants and vitamins C to help fight off the aging effects of what you did to your skin last night. Try Avalon Organics Vitality Facial Serum (you can find this at a WholeFoods) which contains Vitamin C, Lemon Bioflavonoids and white tea to help oxidize your skin, fight free-radicals and promote collagen and elastin production.
If you follow the tips above, they can help your skin quickly restore that fresh, radiant and dewy look. But these little tips and tricks can only take you so far. They should not be taken as a free-pass to abuse your body over a long period of time. Yes, late night adventures are good for the soul! But over time, all the alcohol and staying up late will take a heavy toll on your body and your skin.
Excessive consumption of alcohol not only causes dehydration, but it also promotes free radical formation which can lead to premature aging and congestion under the skin from the increased toxin levels in your body. Also, excessive alcohol can cause constant blood vessel dilation which can lead to permanent capillary damage under your skin. Alcohol abuse can even lead to the development of rosacea, which is a skin condition that is difficult to treat. Not to mention the toll on your liver and other aspects of your health.
So ease up on the syrup, Jimmy! You can still boogie to that woogie, even without the boozie.