How-to: recover after race day
After a long day of drinking champagne, soaking up sunshine and standing in high heels, there’s a fair chance you won’t be feeling your best post-races– especially if your day at the racetrack turned into a night on the town.
But as you pull apart your lashes to open your eyes the next morning, try not to immediately roll over and give up on the day. Because as easy as cocooning yourself in bed may be, your hair, skin and body will thank you for abiding by these handy tips:
#1 Ease your headache
First things first, let’s get rid of that thumping headache. The combination of alcohol and the sun has probably left you a little dehydrated, so pour yourself a giant glass of water and drink up! And if you forgot to take Hydrodol while you were drinking, the good news is that you can take it the next day. It's a hangover supplement formulated to ease the pain of booze-related headaches.
#2 Cleanse and hydrate your skin
If you managed to remember to remove your make-up last night, chances are it wasn’t as thorough a job as usual. To get rid of all traces of mascara and lipstick, dab some Bobbi Brown Instant Longwear Makeup Remover onto a cotton pad and gently wipe away any residue. Next, cleanse the skin with a refreshing cleanser like Clean & Clear® Morning Burst Facial Cleanser – its citrus scent will leave your skin feeling fresh and ‘awake’. And lastly, apply a rich moisturiser like Avène Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream. Your skin will be quite dehydrated from your antics the day before, so restoring lost moisture is essential.
#3 Wash your hair
Even if you’re not a smoker yourself, a day at the races often results in cigarette-smelling hair. It’s an outdoor event, so as much as you try to avoid the smoke, it always seems to find your hair, seep in and stay there. Combine this with the copious amounts of hairspray you used to tame flyaways, and it’s highly likely your hair is a smelly mess. If you can’t bring yourself to stand in the shower, grab a bucket and run a bath. As you soak away your misery, use the bucket to pour clean water over your hair, shampooing and conditioning as you go. Herbal Essences Colour Me Happy Shampoo and Conditioner is the perfect duo to remove all traces of smelly smoke – and put some life back into your strands.
#4 Massage your feet
If you’re not used to wearing heels all day, your feet will probably be in a sore state. But before you vow never wear shoes again, try giving your feet a five-minute rub to say sorry. Squeeze some foot cream like AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Foot Cream onto your fingers and massage it into the soles of your feet. This will help to increase circulation and ease the muscle pain from all those impressive dance moves you pulled out the night before.
What are your top tips for beating a hangover? Which of the above tips do you like the sound of most?
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