Keep hangover skin at bay this Christmas with our favourite products for reviving a tired complexion.

Family reunions, work Christmas parties and bumping into your hometown ex. It’s that time of year when we want to look good. The problem is that while our social calendars may be full of life, our skin? Not so much. 

One too many cocktails and late nights can wreak havoc on your complexion, meaning that hangover is (quite literally) written all over your face. Luckily, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeve to come to your rescue.

Keep reading to discover the best skincare products for after party skin..

How to rescue hangover skin and keep your complexion glowing

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To make things easy (especially if you’re reading this with a sore head), we’ve put together the best products for each sign of hangover skin: puffy eyes, dryness and dullness, and acne and breakouts. Plus, we’ve got a bonus tip for looking after your skin from within.
Let’s learn some skincare 101 (or 999) for the festive season.

Puffy eyes

Party season depriving you of those precious eight hours? Puffy eyes are a dead giveaway.

On top of poor sleep, alcohol can cause puffiness after a big night. This is because drinking alcohol expands our blood vessels and encourages our body to hold onto water (thanks, dehydration), both of which lead to puffiness.

Our go-to product for puffy eyes is our 05 Face and Eye Essence. This award-winning toner is packed full of naturally revitalising ingredients. Baobab seed oil gives skin a boost of vitamins and antioxidants (much needed if you’ve been hitting the martinis), damask rose flower water tones and restores, while aloe leaf juice and chamomile flower oil hydrate and calm.

Use after cleansing to firm, tone and hydrate the face, and gently pat under the eyes to de-puff.

Dry or dull skin

Long term, sleep deprivation can cause hyperpigmentation and other problems, so it’s important to always prioritise rest. However, if you need to make up for the odd lost night during the party season, our 02 Night Cream is the next best thing.

Designed to repair and regenerate your skin overnight, clinical trials have shown that our special formula has long-lasting hydrating effects for up to eight hours.

Kigelia fruit extract evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of fine lines (which you’ll notice become more pronounced when you’re tired), baobab seed oil nourishes your skin’s protective barrier, frankincense calms and soothes, and mango seed butter offers some much needed hydration.

Massage this intensely rich and deeply nourishing moisturiser into your skin before bed to wake up looking fresh the next day (even if you don’t feel it).

Acne and breakouts

Whether it’s wearing more makeup than usual or exposure to pollutants when you’re painting the town red, hangover skin can mean breakouts and acne flare ups. 

As a first step (and we can’t say it enough), always make sure to cleanse your skin before bed. To make this step as effortless as possible, try our 04 Coconut Melt as a makeup remover. Our 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil will dissolve impurities without dehydrating the skin. Plus, it doubles up as a neat addition to your evening bag. Gloss over lips and cheekbones for a natural glow that will belie yesterday’s party.

Next, get rid of any lingering dirt or oiliness with our 07 Face Wash. This gentle, sulphate-free face wash cleanses, clarifies and hydrates the skin. If you’re using it the morning after the night before, the bright citrus scent will act as a mood-boosting pick-me-up.

For emergency treatment, try our 03 Everyday Oil to target spots and blemishes. Together with hydrating marula and baobab seed oil (stripping skin of its natural moisture is one of the most common mistakes made when treating acne-prone skin), calendula flower extract and arnica flower extract hold anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that soothe blemishes and reduce redness. Our roll-on mini is perfect for when you’re on the go.

Bonus: detox from within

Wish you had a reset button? Our Detox Tea is just that.

This cleansing and purifying herbal tea will give your body a renewed sense of wellbeing when you’ve been pushing it a little too hard. Digestion-boosting fennel, aniseed and dandelion are blended with cardamom pod, lemon grass, elderflower and nettle leaf to gently flush your system of any toxins.
As they say, beauty starts from within.

Recap: the best products for hangover skin

Looking for your skincare survival kit this holiday season? We’ve got you covered. Try:

Hangover skin never looked so good. Happy Holidays!

Want to give the gift of good skin this Christmas? Shop our natural skincare gift sets. 1% of profits will be donated to The Baobab Foundation through our 1% For The Planet partnership.

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