Wellness and Skin Care

Hangovers Don’t Stand A Chance Against These Joanna Vargas Products

We’ll admit it: During the weekend or special event, nothing is quite as lovely as a good glass of red wine or a festive flute of champagne. Your friends have gather for some spirited fun — but sometimes, that means dealing with a wicked hangover the next day. Though hangovers come with a laundry list of unfortunate symptoms (we’ll spare you the details of those here), perhaps the most concerning is the effect of a hangover that is too close to the workday or some where you need to have your best skin-game on. Like the dregs of wine left over from the night before, the situation just isn’t pretty.
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First, let’s discuss how alcohol can negatively effect your skin. Alcohol is a hepatotoxin, which means that it literally interrupts and hinders the cells trying to detoxify your body. It also contains congeners, chemical substances that effect the spirit’s taste and smell — and unfortunately, the more congeners you ingest, the worse your skin will look. Add to this the fact that all alcohol in any form dehydrates the skin — whether you apply it topically or ingest it — and you’ve got yourself a serious skin care situation.

Another thing to consider is that drinking tends to flush out many essential vitamins and
minerals as well as interfere with your body’s ability to absorb them. A heavy night of boozing can deplete B vitamins, as well as A, C and D. And a host of minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, selenium, tyrosine, folic acid and a slew of other inscrutable but necessary energizers.

Don’t let this news deter you from enjoying a glass of rose or a bourbon or two, though. We can’t help you with the room that won’t stop spinning, but there is a way to repair your skin when faced with a hangover. Make sure that you drink plenty of water and get some vitamins and minerals into your system fast. Taking vitamins is the easy way but also certain foods will help of course.

Topically, you will notice that the biggest skin concern and the key to solving it is hydration. Alcohol not only forces water out of your body, but makes it harder for your body to rehydrate
itself. This means your skin needs some assistance by way of deeply moisturizing products — otherwise, your skin will be parched and your fine lines, wrinkles, and pores will be more visible than usual.

The morning after a cocktail session, your skin care routine should boast hydrating products every step of the way. Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the skin of any more moisture. The Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash is non-drying and gentle enough for use on dehydrated skin. Follow your cleansing with several spritz of rosewater, which naturally attracts moisture and retains it, too.

Next, it’s time to break out the big guns. During a hangover, it’s important to provide your skin with endless moisture — and what better way to do that than by wearing a hydrating mask, of which Joanna has formulated several incredible options? Joanna’s Bright Eye Hydrating Maskcontains matrixyl, an ingredient that mimics collagen and stimulates collagen production, the perfect antidote for a skin that’s lost its moisture. The Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Firming Mask also contains matrixes, as well as plenty of hyaluronic acid, which holds 1000 times its weight in water. The latter is true for Joanna’s Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask, which in addition to hyaluronic acid contains vitamins A, C, & E — a perfect option, considering the fact that alcohol depletes your body’s reserve of vitamin A, too. Finally, Joanna’s Eden Instant Lift Mask contains soothing peppermint oil and vitamin B5, a key hydrating ingredient.

A hangover doesn’t have to be hell for your skin. Before you grab that bottle of wine, check your medicine cabinet for these products — you won’t want to be without them the next morning.