Parties are fun. You catch up with that funny friend-of-a-friend, you dance to '90s hits, and you drink until you're drunk enough to start wrapping your arms around everyone.
The aftermath, though, ain't so pretty. Three — or, err, seven — drinks take a toll on the body and the skin. And while we're sure you've got some pretty good DIY headache remedies (A tall glass of Pedialyte, anyone?), you might not know how to get your skin back in shape. "Alcohol leads to water retention, inflammation, and exacerbated swelling," says dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, of Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. "[This causes] poor water balance and interrupted repair processes in the body, which leads to puffy bags under the eyes, undereye circles, dryness, and more visible wrinkles and discoloration." Sound familiar? We want to get our skin from hungover to healthy as quickly as possible this season, so we tapped seven dermatologists and aestheticians to share what they do first thing on the morning after. Check out their advice, ahead.
Dendy Engelman, MD, "I'd start with SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic to target the free-radical damage that occurs when you drink. This serum neutralizes free radicals and brightens the skin's complexion." Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, $162, available at SkinCeuticals.
"The eye area needs more attention than the rest of the face, even when you’re not hungover. I like Elizabeth Arden Prevage Intensive Eye Serum because it helps with lymphatic drainage and inflammation. Start by dotting from the inside, moving outwards from your nose to your temple with your ring finger. This finger applies less pressure to the area."
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair, $130, available at Elizabeth Arden.
"Then, I'd use Derm Institute Antioxidant Gel Masque. Even though it is a mask, it goes on clear and does not need to be rinsed off. This mask is extremely moisturizing and will deliver antioxidants deep into the skin to improve skin texture and color."
Derm Institute Antioxidant Gel Masque, $110, available at SpaceNK.
"My favorite concealers that can handle hangover damage are Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer and Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. And I would carry my water bottle around all day!"
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, $44, available at Sephora.
"Before a night of drinking, it's very important to drink plenty of water. This can help overcome the dehydrating effects of alcohol. Also, it's important to eat a good meal to limit the effects of the alcohol. Eric J. Meinhardt, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist "Then, moisturize with a product that contains hyaluronic acid, which helps pull water into the skin. Also, wearing oil-free or lighter makeup may be preferable to avoid pore-clogging and oils the next morning in case you forget to remove your makeup." Elta MD Barrier Renewal Complex, $45, available at DermStore.
"If you wake up and your skin is oily, or you fell asleep with makeup on, [use a] gentle cleanser, such as Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser. You should avoid harsh exfoliators or acne products, as they may worsen the dehydration. Also, coffee grounds can be applied to the undereye area. The caffeine in the grounds will vasoconstrict the undereyes and decrease puffiness."
Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser, $23.50, available at DermStore.
"For the redness, you can try ice packs, but you will likely benefit more from moisturizers, sunscreens, and makeup with green tints to counteract the red color. Avène's Antirougeurs line is designed to combat redness. [Some of the products have a green tint] as well as ruscus aculeatus, which is a root extract that decreases redness."
Avène Antirougeurs Calm Soothing Repair Mask, $34, available at Avène.
Margo Marrone, Homeopath, Aesthetician & Founder Of The Organic Pharmacy "The easiest way to reverse the signs of hangover face is to [use] a mask that is full of antioxidants to hydrate and reduce puffiness. Our Collagen Boost Mask is like Spanx for the skin...and makes it look as if you've had a nice, long vacation." The Organic Pharmacy Collagen Boost Mask, $129, available at Barneys New York.
Shani Darden, Aesthetician & Founder Of Shani Darden Skin Care "Hydration is the best hangover cure for the skin. Try a mask like the Control Corrective Balancing Thermogel Mask to hydrate your skin without clogging the pores." Control Corrective Balancing Thermogel Mask, $31, available at Shani Darden.
"Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Eye and Lip Masks are also a great option. They’re packed with hyaluronic acid, which gives your skin added hydration and a plump, more youthful appearance."
Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Eye Mask, $49, available at Shani Darden.
"The NuFace Trinity Pro + ELE Attachment is an at-home microcurrent device that’s also amazing for hungover skin. It improves facial contour, tones skin, and reduces wrinkles to make your skin look tighter instantly."
NuFace Haute Contour Curated Collection Trinity Pro, $429, available at Shani Darden.
Mary Schook, Licensed Aesthetician & Founder Of "The effects of drinking are very similar to the effects of eating too much salt for me. [I get] bloated and puffy, and sometimes, I get red, tired, and itchy eyes. M.S. Apothecary " Any mask is awesome, but my fave is this Cotta one because you can fall asleep with it on and not worry about it sucking moisture back out of your skin." Cotta Premium Gold Hydrogel Face Sheet Masks Set of 5, $40, available at Joyus.
"This mask from Farmhouse Fresh is another one you can plop on to hydrate and add magnesium and potassium back into your skin."
Farmhouse Fresh Guac Star Soothing Avocado Hydration Mask, $22, available at Farmhouse Fresh.
"Clinique All About Eyes is awesome. It contains caffeine and has a cool rollerball, which is awesome for helping to minimize puffiness."
Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage, $30, available at Sephora.
"[I love] Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Gel for a quick moisture boost."
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, $19.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
"To combat face bloat, use this facial massager [after moisturizing] to improve lymphatic drainage."
E.L.F. Facial Massager, $4, available at E.L.F.
"Redness and rosacea can occur from drinking and hangovers. Aloe-vera gel or Proactiv's Redness Relief Serum can help to calm the redness. You can also conceal with It Cosmetics' Bye Bye Redness."
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream, $32, available at Ulta Beauty.
"Drinking alcohol leads to dehydration, and this can manifest in the skin and lips very quickly. Moisturization is therefore the key to blunting the effects of a night on the town. SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator contains five types of hyaluronic acid, including one that immediately plumps the skin by drawing in moisture from the air. It gives an improved appearance within minutes." Ted Lain, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, $178, available at DermStore.
"People with sensitive skin will likely have a flare of redness, dryness, and stinging or burning when their skin is dehydrated, so this can be expected the day after. La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast Baume B5 helps to soothe irritated skin, and is suitable for all skin types."
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5, $14.99, available at La Roche-Posay.
Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, Founder & Owner Of The Dermatology & Laser Group "Because the skin under our eyes is so thin, it is often the first area to show signs of a water deficit. Elta MD Renew Eye Gel is one of my favorite products for the undereye area. This product is rich in hyaluronic acid to effectively moisturize, and, as an added bonus, it’s rich in antioxidants to combat the oxidative stress alcohol can put on your skin." Elta MD Renew Eye Gel, $50, available at DermStore.
"[I also like] Peter Thomas Roth's 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches. Apply them to your undereye area for 10 to 15 minutes when you first wake up in the morning. The hyaluronic acid and other moisturizing ingredients [will help with] deep circles under the eyes, and the added caffeine helps to tighten the skin, which will combat any puffiness brought on by alcohol."
24K Gold Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, $75, available at Peter Thomas Roth Sephora.
"Alcohol causes a temporary dilation of blood vessels in our skin and in those with a more pale complexion, and this redness is apparent well into the next day. To reverse the redness while hydrating your skin, I suggest trying Nia 24's Skin Strengthening Complex. It's a lightweight moisturizer that helps even the complexion and reduce redness. This moisturizer is rich in antioxidants and niacinamide, which has a great anti-inflammatory effect on the skin."
Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex, $93, available at SkinStore.
"Juice Beauty Soothing Serum is another great skin-calming moisturizer that is formulated with redness-reducing organic botanicals and flavonoids of primrose, linseed, and borage."
Juice Beauty Soothing Serum, $36, available at Ulta Beauty.
"A nearly universal sign of a hangover is waking up with a puffy face. Alcohol, and in particular sugar-filled mixed drinks, put a lot of oxidative stress on the skin, causing inflammation and puffiness. One product I love that infuses the skin with antioxidants and reduces puffiness is Neocutis RéActive Anti-Oxidant Serum. It's rich in vitamin C and creatine, two ingredients that restore skin elasticity, helping your skin's youthfulness bounce back a little quicker."
Neocutis RéActive Anti-Oxidant Serum, $150, available at DermStore.
"[I also like] Juara's Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask. Apply it for 15 minutes the morning after drinking to infuse your skin with the antioxidant turmeric, which will revive tired, puffy, hungover skin."
Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask, $37, available at Birchbox.
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