Ellen's Hangover Guide

Happy fourth everyone and hope you had a good weekend! As much as we all love the holidays, the morning after isn’t always so fun. After a day of drinking, it is common we wake up feeling dehydrated -- especially our skin! 

What Does A Hangover Do To Our Skin?

Alcohol is known to be a diuretic. This means it suppresses our release of ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) called vasopressin.  As a result, our kidneys and bodies may feel the need to release more liquid than really necessary, dehydrating us.  When we drink too much, we urinate more and limit the supply of water to our skin cells.

Fine Lines, Wrinkles, And Pores 

This explains why we wake-up with a hangover and our skin looks sallow and our fine lines, dry skin, wrinkles, and pores are more noticeable.  Kind of strange, but at the same time our faces can look puffy and our bodies feel bloated. This is because our vital organs are trying to hold onto as much water as possible.

Red Wine Can Mean Red Face

We must be careful with red wine too.  In moderation it is beneficial, but it is a vasodilator, meaning it can expand our blood vessels, which causes redness and flushed appearance in our skin.  

Don’t Forget About The Breakouts

Cocktails with too much sugar can cause acne and contribute to cell damage. Sweet cocktails and white wine have loads of sugar and can lead to pimples popping up on our skin’s surface. 

Recovery from a hangover does take time and our skin usually needs a good  24 hours to bounce back and rehydrate. 

How Can We Recover The Morning After?

Obviously, drinking a lot of water combats the dehydration and hopefully speeds up the rehydration time. Additionally, many of us typically turn to caffeine, which can help constrict blood vessels and fight the bloating and puffiness. 

Green Juice Glow 

A good green juice can help taste delicious and quench that dehydration.  We love to make this juice blend that is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and Vitamin E.  

Here is our recipe for the Green Juice Glow

Blend with ice:

1 apple

2 celery stalks

3 curly kale leaves

⅓ cucumber 

½ lemon

1 small ginger knob

Gua Sha

We love the Gua Sha stone and rituals.  We use it to boost circulation and do a self-care lymphatic drainage to reduce the puffiness under our eyes and the bloat in our faces. We always look for stones that have one straight edge and one curved edge so we can use it close to our eyes. 


A good glycolic peel, which you can do at home can make a big difference in your skin. Ellen Lange Retexturizing Peel helps with the dehydrated skin because it; stimulates cell turnover, unclogs pores, and removes the dull top layer of dehydrated skin.  We also use it to deep cleanse the residual makeup and oils still remaining from the night before, keeping our pores in the clear.

We know a swift recovery is essential. So use our tricks and hopefully, your next hangover won’t delay you too much.