5/5 beauty experts agree hydration is the cure for hungover skin

Whether you apply it directly on to your skin, or you slurp it up, hydration is the one ingredient experts agree will hide a night out on the booze.

When it comes to dealing with a splitting headache, nausea and regret everyone has a trick up their sleeve. Whether it’s an old wives’ tale or a fancy new juice trend we’re willing to try anything in the way of getting over a hangover. But it’s not just your body that suffers, your skin can get a good beating, too. The good news is, our experts agree that hydration is the key to overcoming a hungover complexion – both topically and internally.

Ryan Channing, founder and CEO of The Blaq Group

“The best cure for a hangover is finding the balance between cocktails and water during the night. I love to draw a hot bath and add some Epsom salts. I soak it all in while applying a hydrating mask for 20 minutes. You can’t go wrong with a fresh grapefruit juice or any juice with high content of vitamin C in the morning as this helps with removing toxins and is excellent for cleansing, repairing and nourishing the kidneys and liver. Know your body well enough to fuel it with the right protein, fat and carbohydrates.”

Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt in Lavender ($17.88, at Dr Teals)

Flight Mode Cloud Mister ($49, at Flight Mode)

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Gina Cook, National Training Manager at Ella Baché

“When you’re hungover, it’s no secret that your body wants hydration, and so does your skin. After a big night of drinking, your skin tends to look lacklustre and dull so I recommend using products that will instantly pep up your skin hydration levels. The night before you go out, put your hydrating facial mist in the fridge. Then, after a night of too many, spritz your skin instead for instant, refreshing hydration.”

Ella Bache Daily Hydration Mist ($39, at Ella Bache)

Babe FaceTime Nourishing Skin Drink Hydrating Face Spritz ($28, at Natural Supply Co)

Lucy Macdougald, Dermal Specialist at Biologi

“Think of hydration as a way to prevent a hangover and also to help cure it, plus alleviate some of the detriment dehydration can have on your skin. Before, during and after you consume alcohol, drink as much water as you can. The hydration will help your body get rid of the toxins faster, replenish dehydrated skin cells and reduce the dulling effect that alcohol has on your skin.

Try to do the 1-for-1 rule – having a glass of water for every drink you have. When you wake up, try splashing your face with some cold water as the temperature will tighten up your pores and reduce some of the puffiness. For a drastic measure, try an ice bath for your face by filling your sink with ice cubes and water, then plunge your face in it a-la Kate Hudson style (who swears by this trick to make her skin look less dull). The cold water will help to tighten your pores because it promotes blood circulation, will de-puff the skin and literally wake it up!”

Biologi Bf Hydration Body Serum ($72, at Biologi)

Aceology Pink Ice Globe Facial Massager ($64, at Aceology)

Zoe Devine, skin expert at Skinstitut

“A night of indulgence can be hard to hide when you’re displaying the tell-tale signs: puffy eyes and dark circles. Puffy eyes occur as the alcohol intake causes an imbalance in your electrolytes leading to water retention in all the wrong places. Throw in minimal sleep and you have the perfect recipe for dark under-eye circles. For an instant pick-me-up try applying an eye cream to the orbital bone (just a pinhead-sized amount will do the job). This will instantly brighten and refresh, reduce puffiness, hydrate the area and help to reduce lifestyle-induced dark circles.”

Skinstitut Eye Believe ($34.30, at Adore Beauty)

Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream ($24.449, at Chemist Warehouse)

Robyn McAlpine, Author of Skinside Out

“If you’re feeling the effects of a big weekend, so are your skin cells. Replenish lost hydration by drinking lots of water to address the inside, whilst applying a topical hyaluronic acid underneath an antioxidant-rich cream to fight the free radical damage. It’s a post-party girl’s best friend.”

Dermaviduals Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate ($136, at Dermaviduals)

Dr. Lewinn’s LSC Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Essence ($74.95, at Dr. Lewinn’s)