Your now-fiancé just proposed while you two were surrounded by family and friends, so of course, you have to pop a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the momentous occasion. Or, fast-forward, you're with your best gal pals the night of the bachelorette party with—duh—a glass in hand. Whether you're toasting your engagement with champagne or shooting back shots at your bachelorette party, pre-wedding celebrations are a blast...until the next morning. Hey, we've all been there. And while there's no miracle cure to erase a hangover, at least you can camouflage the signs. Here, the magic skin-care formulas to help hide the effects of last night.
Hitting the open bar (a bit too hard) can cause your body to release antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which causes you to retain fluids. This leads to puffy eyes and facial swelling. The best way to nix bloat? Chug a ton of water and stock up on firming formulas. Clarins Shaping Lift V-Facial Intensive Wrap ($60, available at Sephora) is an oh-so-creamy mousse that fights fluid retention and contours your visage in just 10 minutes. Infused with coffee arabica, yerba mate, green tea, and hyaluronic acid, 100% Pure Caffeine Mask ($7, 100% Pure) reduces inflammation, hydrates, and stimulates circulation. Another post-drinking must-have? The Hansderma Skincool Ice Roller At-Home ($23.19, available on Amazon), which energizes and de-puffs skin. Plus, the icy sensation feels great when you're fighting a hangover.
Revive Tired Eyes
A long night of drinking can leave eyes looking less than alert. The solution? Look for products that are formulated to treat puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, and dehydration. It may sound like a tall order, but there are plenty of multitaskers that will instantly refresh your peepers. Volition Helix Restorative Eye Gel ($52, Volition Beauty) is a fast-absorbing gel that cools while it works its antiaging magic. The secret is an escargot-powered repairing helix complex—allantoin, collagen, elastin, and glycolic acid—which works to firm, hydrate, and smooth. Powered by an exclusive peptide complex and date-seed extract, Saturday Skin Wide Awake ($46, available at Chalogy) brightens up tired eyes, leaving them looking radiant and rested (even if that's not the case).
Booze dehydrates your skin, which is why it's so important to drink water. Aside from guzzling H2O, be sure to slather on an ultra-hydrating moisturizer. Choose one with hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water. Packed with a dream team of superfoods—kale, spinach, and green tea—and cross-linked hyaluronic acid, Youth to the People Age Prevention Cream ($48, available at Sephora) delivers a mega-dose of moisture while offering antioxidant protection against free radicals and environmental stressors. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($17.99, available at Target) instantly quenches parched skin and locks in moisture for 48 hours, thanks to a duo of purified hyaluronic acid and olive extract.
Alcohol is a vasodilator (it causes blood vessels to dilate), which is why you'll often notice your skin gets flushed when you drink—and, worse, why your complexion looks splotchy the next day. Fight back with soothing ingredients, like aloe, chamomile, oatmeal, and cucumber. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator ($52, available at Sephora) is formulated with a trio of cucumber, aloe vera, and chamomile to hydrate and calm inflammation. PS, it's also great for those rare occasions when you get a bit too much sun. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask ($24, available at Ulta) contains soothing oatmeal, nourishing sea buckthorn extract, and moisturizing shea butter to calm, soften, and restore stressed and hungover complexions.
If you're nursing a hangover, you're more than likely dealing with dull skin too. A vitamin-rich overnight or morning mask is a great way to get your glow back. After a late night, we know it's tough to fight the urge to flop into bed without washing your face—let alone remember to apply an overnight treatment—but it really helps with how you look in the a.m. Infused with black truffle extract, amber, pearl, and gold powder, Belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask ($34, available at Sephora) works its magic while you sleep, so you wake up looking bright and cheerful (no matter how you actually feel). The next morning? It's all about post-party recovery. Space.NK.Apothecary Rodial Super Acids X-Treme Hangover Mask ($56, available at Nordstrom) combines fruit acids, clay, peptides, and probiotic technology to detoxify, exfoliate, and restore radiance.