Let’s face it: sometimes a mid-week trip to the bar is too tempting to pass up. Perhaps it’s a good pal’s birthday, or possibly a date with a lady you just can’t say no to. No matter what the reason for your debauchery might be, the end result is the same: you’re going to awaken looking and feeling like absolute death. And although we can’t help you with the latter, let us give you a few tips to make sure that no matter what your insides feel like, you’ll be the picture of glowing, radiant, sober health on the outside.
Give yourself a complete once-over
Although it’s certainly tempting to hide under the covers until the last possible second before going to work, that’s only going to add to how wretched you look and feel. Have a shower and use an exfoliating body scrub to remove all the dull, dry skin your precious alcohol leaves as evidence. Not to mention, you’re likely exuding the all-too familiar stench of liquor from every pore, so smelling like anything else will literally throw the scent off your trail.
If you normally rock a beard, I would suggest washing and oiling your beard to get rid of any extra alcohol-related musk. If you’re normally clean shaven, today is most certainly not the day to rock some stubble. The stereotypical image of someone who’s hungover almost always includes a 5 o’clock shadow, so by showing up at work looking as smooth as ever, you will eliminate at least one dead giveaway. Additionally, the freshly shaved look will also demonstrate that you weren’t laying in bed praying for swift death until the last possible second before staggering out the door.
I’m sure you’ll be carving out some extra time on your way to work to guarantee a coffee run, but caffeine isn’t only beneficial in your cup. Get yourself an ultra handy eye-roller that contains caffeine. This will undoubtedly become your new best friend when it comes to pretending you aren’t knocking on death’s door after a late night out. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and works to get rid of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, which is a 100% dead giveaway as to your previous evening’s activities.
Don’t skip the moisturizer
Another rotten affect of alcohol is it’s ability to drain every ounce of life from your skin. Your two best defences to combat dry, dull skin is the aforementioned exfoliator scrub, and a heavy duty moisturizer. Moisturizers that contain Vitamin A are particularly helpful, as it is required for healthy cell turnover. Another tip is to apply moisturizer before you fall asleep (that is, if you’re physically able to do anything other than crawl from your front door to the foot of your bed once you return home).
Now get yourself some sleep!