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Pounding headache, light sensitivity, dizziness and nausea—mornings after a raucous night out are never fun.
As a diuretic, alcohol causes dehydration, which in turn contributes to hangover symptoms like dizziness and headaches. Even worse, excessive alcohol consumption causes inflammation in your digestive system and lowers the blood sugar and electrolyte levels in your body, among other things.
While there’s no scientific “cure” for a hangover, certain things can help ease the symptoms and accelerate recovery. From soothing eye gel to hydration supplements, here are the best products to fight your hangovers:
Flyby’s herbal recovery capsules are designed to replenish depleted nutrients, facilitate the breakdown of alcohol-induced toxins and support your body’s metabolism after boozing. Its key ingredients include milk thistle which helps detoxify the liver; Dihydromyricetin (DHM); a powerful flavonoid that stimulates the breakdown of alcohol and its toxic by-products; and prickly pear which treats liver inflammation and eases nausea, headache and dry mouth. For best results, take three capsules with food and water, prior to drinking. Take another three right before going to bed.
Coconut water is packed with essential electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and manganese. Drinking fresh coconut water will not only rehydrate your body but also restore its electrolyte balance, thus easing hangover symptoms like headache and nausea. Vita Coco’s pure coconut water is natural, free from preservatives and contains less than 1% sugar.
Alcohol, especially sugary drinks, can do a number on your skin. Applying a moisturizing, antioxidant-rich product can help mitigate the oxidative stress on the skin induced by alcohol consumption. SkinMedica’s HA5 moisturizing serum contains a blend of five potent hydrators, including Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. It instantly delivers a shot of deep hydration to the skin while protecting it against free radicals, treating photo-damage, smoothing skin texture and improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Even if you aren’t overindulging, it’s a must-have for your makeup bag.
Formulated with hydrating ingredients like rosewater, hyaluronic acid and cucumber extract, this soothing eye gel won’t make you feel better, but it will visibly perk up your peepers and reduce puffiness brought on by the booze binge and lack of sleep. The refreshing eye cream also contains golden root extract which improves the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and rose oil that calms redness.
Drinking electrolyte-infused water helps you rehydrate, retain fluids and replenish lost minerals like sodium and potassium. Jacked Factory’s hydration supplement contains sodium-rich pink Himalayan salt and coconut water powder complex which is a good source of magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium. Plus, the electrolyte powder is sugar-free and has no added fillers or artificial food dyes.
Putting on a hydrating face mask is one of the simplest ways to reverse the damage to the skin caused by excessive drinking. Enriched with aloe vera, rosehip oil and seaweed extract, the Organic Pharmacy’s Collagen Boost Mask instantly energizes and plumps tired skin and brightens the complexion. It’s a sheer gel mask so you can leave it on and go about your day, without worrying about rinsing it off.
No list of “hangover fixes” is complete without Pedialyte—the ultimate hangover savior. Pedialyte’s AdvancedCare electrolyte solution provides the same hydrating benefits of Pedialyte classic along with a dose of prebiotics to help promote a healthy digestive system. The hydration solution is available in four different flavors—strawberry, tropical fruit, cherry punch and blue raspberry.