Even if you’re not a massive drinker, the overindulgence at Christmas time is enough to make any of us feel like we’ve woken up with a hangover, and no-one needs to be dealing with a hangover at this time of year! When we were younger, a quick Drive-Through breakfast and full-fat Coca-Cola would’ve been more than enough to cure a hangover, but now we’re older we have to be a bit more selective with our hangover remedies! Here are a few tricks we keep up our sleeves to ward off the Christmas (food or drink) hangovers:
Yes, we’re shouting this at you, because we’ve said it SO MANY TIMES! Your body cannot function without adequate hydration and with all the mulled wine and salty food flying around at Christmas, there’s a good chance you’re dehydrated. Try to alternate booze with a glass of water throughout the day and try to drink at least a pint of water before bed. You can also give your skin a boost with Decleor Hydration Discovery Kit.
Go For a Walk
We know that exercise is the last thing on most people’s minds at Christmas but going for a walk can really improve how you feel. Exercise gets the blood pumping, encourages healing, reduces bloating and can just generally help to clear your head.
Food is probably not all that appealing right now, between the turkey and the After Eight mints, but treating yourself to a healthy, amino-rich breakfast will vastly improve how your body deals with a hangover. Our suggestion would be wholemeal toast, smoked salmon, poached eggs and asparagus as this contains a whole bunch of vitamins, minerals and essential acids such as taurine and cysteine that the body needs.
To be honest, your instinct to just lie in bed or sit VERY STILL in a chair for the rest of the day is probably spot-on. The body needs rest to be able to recover and heal properly, so if you’ve got the time to do it, just chill. Take the opportunity to use Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque to add deep hydration and nutrients back into your hard-working skin.
Taking milk thistle both before and after drinking alcohol has a protective effect on the liver. According to Schwabe Pharma, “Milk Thistle [is a] traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over indulgence of drink and food such as indigestion and upset stomach, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy”.