How to reverse your ‘wine face’ after many weekend shenanigans

Take a break and give yourself some TLC.

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When you’re in the midst of a busy workweek, life demands to be fully lived—unless, of course, you’ve mastered the art of work-life balance! Between cursing the person who suggested the 40-hour workweek and trying to make time for yourself, there’s a soft inner voice that urges you to unwind. That's the wine talking. And you eagerly await reuniting with friends to toe-tapping music, serotonin, and sangrias.

While Saturday night shenanigans can leave your soul recharged for the week ahead, the dreaded ‘wine face’ can betray your indulgence. And if you’ve been imbibing a lot of cocktails lately, it may begin to affect your complexion, leading to redness and puffiness. Not to mention, diminished collagen production, resulting in less youthful-looking skin.

But don’t worry, here’s how you can reverse your ‘wine face’.

All About TLC

When tackling your ‘wine face’, it’s best to address the source—alcohol. Pull a Ross (Geller) and 'take a break'. Your face will begin to heal and rejuvenate as you commit to staying hydrated throughout the day. 

Lack of sleep can also contribute to puffiness, especially if you sleep face down, as it causes water retention. So prioritise getting a good night’s sleep and lie on your back. Additionally, reduce your salt and sugar intake to combat facial puffiness and bid farewell to sugary drinks; opt for coconut water instead.

While you’re focused on wellness (at least until you shed your ‘wine face’), ensure you exercise regularly and maintain a balanced diet. Alcohol hampers collagen production, resulting in dull skin, but consuming ample of antioxidants can revitalise it. So incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your meals. Start your day with a green juice instead of caffeine to rescue your sleep-deprived self.

Beauty hacks to reverse ‘wine face’

Due to decreased collagen production, your skin may appear saggy, and fine lines may emerge. Pamper your skin with targeted skincare products that contain collagen-boosting and hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and retinol. Consider products like the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Youth Power Crème, Allies of Skin Multi Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum, and Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsule Line Erasing Night Serum to further hydrate your skin.

To enhance blood circulation, invest in a gua sha. This can stimulate lymphatic flow, aiding in the elimination of toxins from the body. Gently press the gua sha tool onto your face to reduce inflammation and improve skin texture. Start at your jawline and move upward towards your ears to alleviate puffiness.

For your under-eye puffiness, glide the tool starting beneath your eyes and towards your hairline. Finally, have an Epsom salt bath; its high magnesium content helps reduce water retention and bloating, thus reducing puffiness. 

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