Your 7-step hangover survival guide 

Experts say it takes 30 days to get over a hangover. Here is our pick of products that help

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By Elle Turner on

How was your weekend? Drink some wine? Us too. Truly one of life’s great joys, but annoyingly last week it was reported that it takes up to 30 days for our face to recover from a booze sesh. Oh. 

According to LA dermatologist Dr Lancer, it takes between two to four weeks for our skin to regulate itself after all the sugars, toxins and dehydrating properties found in alcohol. Hardly surprising but unfortunate nonetheless. 

Still, the show must go on, so here are our favourite hangover beauty products to help disguise vino-face.

If you have puffy eyes 

Because alcohol is a diuretic (it makes you wee more) your body tries to compensate by retaining water which leads to puffy eye bags. Origins No Puffery Cooling Eye Roll-On, contains healing ingredients such as yeast and hoelen mushroom extract to reduce dark circles and calm redness. Plus the cooling metal rollerball encourages vasoconstriction which narrows blood vessels and thus reduces puffiness (extra points, if you stick it in the fridge) making you feel much more awake.


If you have bone-dry skin

Alcohol also saps moisture from your cheeks, forehead and lips. Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask will inject some much-needed hydration back in with aloe and hyaluronic acid. If you are compos mentis enough then bung it on before bed and let it soak in over night. If not apply it first thing in the morning, leave it on while you get ready, then blot off before doing your make-up.


If you have a grey face 

Soap & Glory’s Bright and Beautiful 6-in-1 Energising Radiance Serum gives ashen faces a boost. It’s a total skin brightener, smells peppy and clean and contains light-reflecting particles to give your skin a sober looking sheen. Massage it on your face before your foundation.


If you have dry lips

Dr Lipp’s Nipple Balm was – as the name suggests – originally made for cracked breast-feeding nipples. Packed with waxy lanolin, it’s good enough to rescue the craggiest of lips.


If you have RED-RIMMED eyes

Using a flesh coloured eye pencil like Rimmel’s Scandaleyes eye liner in Nude will help to disguise redness around your waterline and brighten your eyes. Draw it along your lower waterline and then smudge with your finger to soften. You can pop a bit in the corner of your eye too. 


If you have spots

A wine binge can lead to spots thanks to increased testosterone levels. Joy. Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer has heavy duty coverage but still feels light on your skin and doesn’t dry out. It’s cheap as chips, however the shade range is pretty meagre (only four colours). For a wider variation of tones, look to Nars. Their Creamy Concealer is deliciously buttery and the colours are much more extensive.


If you’re too hungover to wash your hair 

Colab Active Dry Shampoo was formulated with gym-goers in mind, so it’s extra good at mopping up excess oil and greasiness and will add a bit of boing back into lank, flat hair. Spray into your roots, brush. Go. 


If all else fails

Distract with the brightest lipstick you own. Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips lipstick in Miranda May is a lively coral-red that has has good lasting power. Slick it on, blot, pretend like nothing happened.​



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