Recovery Tips From A Wild Weekend

After this past long weekend of the 16th December, we saw it appropriate to write this hangover recovery tips for you. People are walking with long faces as the festive fever has finally caught up with them. December is the time some people to go on holidays, relax or explore the world. There are some of us who like the club life and would rather explore nightclubs with our friends. Cooler boxes loaded with beverages that are strictly not for anyone under the age of 18 years. Drinking alcohol comes with its own consequences such as the morning after hangover. That terrible headache as if you have been banging your head against a wall. You need to do something about your hangover and below we have listed 4 recovery tips to help you with hangover.

The “Heels” Hangover

Ladies look pretty damn flawless with their stiletto heels. Those with springs in their legs can go down and do the vosho dance all night. It is all fun and exciting, the following day after an epic night, your legs are sore and painful. High heels are not appropriate when you are going to be dancing or standing for long hours as they have a major effect on your feet. They can shorten the Achilles over time. So, it is a good idea to carry an extra pair of flat shoes with you.

Here is a tip to help reduce the pain in your feet. While you’re still in bed, before getting out, stretch your calves and then do a mini massage using a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle. This will help reduce the tension from your legs which was caused by high heels. Spend at least 2 to 3 minutes trying to pick up a sock off the floor using just your toes. Even if there is nothing to pick on the floor, the act of scrunching your feet can help squeeze out lactic-acid build-up, which is important for reducing soreness. You can also put your legs in ice for 15 minutes to lessen pain and inflammation.

The Throat Hangover

You were shouting overthe music all night, so it’s no wonder you can barely croak out a sentence the next day. When someone loses their voice, it’s usually because the vocal cords are inflamed. Alcohol causes dehydration and dries out the lining of your throat, which results in your voice sounding a bit croaky.

To recover your voice you can try to inhale humid air (a hot shower will do the trick or inhale the smoke from hot water) and drink plenty of water the rest of the day. Most beverages are fine but sipping warm camomile, ginger or mint tea with honey throughout the day can be extra-soothing or your throat and for your stomach. As for that ringing in your ears, there’s not much you can do on your own to silence it. If it lasts longer than three days, see a doctor. In extreme cases, a dose of steroids may be required.

The Skin Hangover

Is your skin looking as bad as your head feels? Alcohol can make you age fast by wrinkling your skin. Alcohol causes dehydration, leading to dry, cracked, irritated skin. Drinking plenty of water is very necessary to prevent being dehydrated too much. Alcohol can lower the body’s levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are like skin’s fire fighters, protecting it against damage. That means hangover skin is much more susceptible to damage caused by things such as UV light, pollution and cigarette smoke. To protect skin, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, then apply a serum with topical antioxidants – vitamins C and E, ferulic acid, green tea extract and phloretin (apple extract with potent antioxidant properties). After that, add a heavy-duty moisturiser – look for hyaluronic acid on the list of ingredients. Dark circles? Pat on a cream with caffeine to combat discolouration, and then a brightening concealer.

The Eye Hangover

Dehydration can cause itchy eyes and lack of sleep produces excess oils that compromise the tear film, which results in dryness, burning and redness. Alcohol can worsen the symptoms of dry eyes, since alcohol blocks the release of a hormone that is needed for water re-absorption. As alcohol makes you pee a lot, it is best to have a bottle of water nearby so that you can keep hydrated.

Tips to avoid a Hangover

As everyone is in the festive fever and would drink more than their limit. If you want to wake up the next morning like nothing happened these recovery tips should help:

• Don’t drink beyond your limit! When you feel you have had enough, stop and start drinking water only!
• Eat before going out to drink. You should never drink with an empty stomach. The food will help slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.
• Drink water or non-fizzy soft drinks in between each alcoholic drink. Carbonated (fizzy) drinks speed up the absorption of alcohol into your system.
• Drink a glass/s of water before you go to sleep. Keep a glass of water by the bed to sip if you wake up during the night.
Enjoy the festive seasons and please be safe. Don’t drink and drive as you will put your lives and others in danger. We are always open and will be waiting for you to come do your consultations.

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