Surviving St Patrick's Day and the hangover that follows
Hangover? We’ve all been there. You wake up the morning after St Patrick’s Day with a debilitating headache and a mouth as dry as the desert. To make matters worse, when you look in the mirror you’re greeted by a puffy, dull and sallow-skinned version of your face. You’ll need the luck of the Irish to start looking like yourself again. Here are our tips for surviving St Paddy’s Day and the hangover that follows.
Okay, so this one is a little bit of a cheat but hear me out.
It’s common knowledge that as a general rule, paler drinks (hello vodka, gin and white wine) are more likely to forgive your sins of over-drinking than darker ones. This is because darker drinks (I’m looking at you, red wine and bourbon) tend to contain more congeners, which worsen the effects of a hangover. Although Guinness appears almost black, it actually contains fewer congeners than red wine or port. So, while not as forgiving as a G&T, you’re certainly better off going for a pint of the black stuff over a whiskey and coke .
Guinness used to be considered healthy, and was recommended for pregnant and breast-feeding women because it was thought to be high in iron. (FYI it's not!)
Sloughing away dull, alcohol-damaged cells will immediately help put life back into your complexion. Using a traditional scrub can irritate the skin, so instead opt for acids and/or enzymes. Although they may sound scary, they’re actually much gentler than scrubs. Acids help to loosen the bonds holding dead skin on the surface, while enzymes ‘eat’ away dead skin cells á la Pac-Man.
Opting for a mask means you can happily lie in bed watching trashy hangover TV while it gets to work on your face. Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel™ contains both Glycolic Acid and Pomegranate Enzymes for dual-action exfoliation, as well as Aloe Vera and humectants to draw much-needed moisture into the skin. Once you washed this one off, your skin will be feeling fresh and revitalised!
Water, water & more water
The really obvious one and also a direct contradiction of my first point, but anyway...
Alcohol is a diuretic meaning you become very dehydrated after a night on the town. This dehydration makes skin appear lifeless and emphasises fine, dry lines, particularly around the eye area (I know my concealer always creases horribly the day after a few too many drinks).
Making sure you’re fully hydrated before you start drinking will give you a head start on your hangover. Once you’re several cocktails down, slipping in the occasional glass of water between rounds will make a noticeable difference the next morning.
Take your makeup off
Another obvious one, but also one of the most effective things you can do to help prevent Guinness-induced zombie-face. Makeup holds onto the free radicals that we’re exposed to throughout the day. When you sleep without taking it off, you’re prolonging the time your skin is exposed to these collagen-damaging molecules, leading to the formation fine lines.
If you’re struggling to find motivation to wash your face when you stagger home at 3am, Melting Cleansing Balm™ will be your saviour. It’s low wax content means you don’t have to waste precious getting-into-bed time waiting for it to melt, and it cuts through even waterproof makeup in seconds. Plus, the sensual scent of MERUMAYA® Signature Essence Blend makes it a pleasure to use, and the sweet almond oil leaves skin plump and hydrated.
If that’s still not enough to convince you, try my new tactic; Get sober-you to leave drunk-you a big glass of water and a strongly-worded note insisting you wash your face. Thanks sober-me.
Don't forget to wear Green!
If you want to survive St Paddy’s Day free of bruises, be sure to wear green. Rumour has it that leprechauns pinch those not honouring Ireland by wearing green, which has quickly lead to humans taking up this tradition too. Be sure to look out for those pesky leprechauns!
The MERUMAYA® team will be at The Churchill Arms, Kensington at lunch time on St Patrick's Day (Friday 17th March). If you're in the area, please come and join the festivities with us, we'd love to meet you!