The Wake-Up-Your-Skin Hangover Routine
In between dry January and the prospect of following the no-alcohol protocols from Will Cole’s new book, Intuitive Fasting, some of us have fallen off the wagon. And while there’s no avoiding some level of payback from a hangover—in the traditional “I feel like death” sense, but also in the way it shows up on your skin—there are some brilliant clean skin-care tricks for a face that’s puffy, dehydrated, blotchy, or dull. Whether it’s jumping in a thirty-eight-degree Lake Tahoe like our intrepid staffers on Netflix (or approximating the experience using the cold tap on your shower), frying up a greasy breakfast, some circulation-improving yoga poses, or GP’s hydrotherapy strategy, everyone’s got their version of a reset button for feeling better after a night of overindulgence. The routine should have you looking better, too.
Hydrate so that life
(and glow) can return
Water intake is obviously essential. You can make the hydration process infinitely more delicious and skin-supporting by mixing at least some of your water with a packet of GOOPGLOW. It’s citrusy and refreshing and made with vitamins C and E, grape-seed proanthocyanidins, and CoQ10, all of which are great for skin. Because it’s designed to reduce the free radical effects of the sun, pollution, stress, and more,1 it does good both inside and out. We take it every day, hangover or no, but trust: There’s nothing like it on a bleary morning.
Sweat it out
A trip to an infrared sauna spa like HigherDOSE in New York or to your own personal HigherDOSE infrared sauna blanket can dramatically improve the way you look and feel, provided you drink a ton of water as you sweat. Preheat the blanket, tuck yourself in, and let infrared heat (plus layers of amethyst, tourmaline, and charcoal) work its magic.
Turn on an icy-cold shower
Whether you’re doing the full Wim Hof or just a momentary blast, wake up with cold water. Toggle between cold and cozy (if you’ve got access to a sauna, as above, of course indulge, but warm shower water after cold also feels incredible). In the same spirit of whole-body enlivenment, definitely get in some dry brushing.
Pump up glow and moisture
If ever there were a moment to get intentional about layering skin-care treatments, this is it. Vitamin C serum comes first: This one is made with three different molecular sizes of moisturizing hyaluronic acid to hydrate different layers of your skin, so it floods your complexion with antioxidants and hydration for a truly remarkable—and fairly instantaneous—glow that lasts the rest of the day.
You know the feeling that your skin just doesn’t care how much moisturizer you put on it? This new only-at-goop serum somehow circumvents that resistance, real or imagined. Made with renewing botanicals, powerful active ingredients, and some subtly reviving aromatherapy, it even contains an ingredient found to help counteract some of the negative effects of cortisol (your stress hormone) to improve skin tone visibly. Smooth a few drops between your palms, inhale deeply, and pat into skin.
Super Nutrient Face Oil goop, $98/$89 with subscription
We love face oil for sealing in all the benefits of the treatments that come before it (and for supercharging skin with moisture), but this one goes even further: It’s clinically proven to help diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, improve skin firmness, smooth skin texture, and increase glow, as well as soften, nourish, and of course moisturize.2
Sculpt away undereye puffiness
(and accentuate your cheekbones)
with a face vibrator
Ten to fifteen minutes with this sleek vibrating T-bar is nothing short of transformative for the puffy-faced or bleary-eyed, and the lifting results can last the entire day. To take the magic even further, smooth on these cooling gels packed with a milky serum made of hyaluronic acid and almond and camelina oils, then sweep the T-bar over (and over) them. Most brilliant: This entire activity can be performed while lying in bed.
The finishing touch: instant glow
1These statements have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
2Based on an eight-week third-party consumer-perception and clinical study conducted on thirty-three women ages thirty-five to sixty-five.