CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The 2019 Christmas Gift Guide
- City Skin Detox
- Fool Proof Steps for Party Survival
- Diet is a Dirty Word
- Hair Trends from Catwalk Zimmerman
- Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors
The morning after feature Despite your best efforts, there will inevitably be mornings during the coming season when you’ll wake a little the worse for wear. Hangovers are the result of a number of factors, most commonly lack of sleep, dehydration of the brain, thiamine (Vitamin B1) depletion and high levels of intermediate metabolites of alcohol still in the blood. Thiamine is essential for metabolising carbohydrates (including alcohol) and for the membrane polarisation and depolarisation process involved in nerve transmission. Without sending your brain into a tailspin, here’s what happens when you drink more than two or three alcoholic drinks in one sitting. All available thiamine in the body is diverted away from the brain to metabolise the alcohol as it is consumed. By-products of the alcohol breakdown, many of which are toxic in large quantities, float around the body and enter the brain. Once the body’s supply of thiamine is exhausted, the alcohol in the blood is converted to fat. The body draws water from its tissues, including the brain, in an effort to dilute the excess alcohol and the byproducts of its breakdown. The drinker wakes up the following morning with a pounding headache (the result of a shrivelledup brain), nausea, a dry mouth and a few extra fat deposits. The best plan for cheating a hangover (aside from not drinking too much in the first place) is twofold: Firstly, load up on thiamine before you start drinking. Keep levels up throughout the night and then replenish your stores the following morning. The other obvious rule is to stay hydrated. For every glass of alcohol you drink, add a glass of water. Thiamine-rich foods include Vegemite, pork (hence the classic bacon breakfast cure), brown rice, wholegrain cereals and beer nuts. It’s also readily available in supplement form from chemists and health food stores. Thiamine is water soluble so you can’t overdose – any excess will simply be excreted by the body in your urine. This takes care of the hangover from the inside. The outside, however, might take a little more work. Staying hydrated should help with the problem of dull, dry skin the following day. If you can manage it, remove your makeup and apply a rich moisturiser before you go to bed. Keep some makeup removal wipes and a night cream on your bedside table, in case a trip to the bathroom to wash your face is just too much to handle. The next morning, start your day with a cool shower and finish up with a blast of icy water on your face. This should get your circulation flowing and help reduce any puffiness around the eyes. If your face still looks like a halfdeflated party balloon, lie down with a cold compress over your eyes. Buy a reusable gel eye mask and keep it in the fridge ready for beauty first aid emergencies. Failing that, soak a face washer in icy cold water with a dash of elderflower water, lie down and place it over your whole face. Banish puffy bags and dark circles with cold slices of raw potato or wet tea bags straight from the fridge.
Incidental exercise December and January fly by in a flash, with gym sessions easily replaced by parties, long lunches and lazy days by the pool. If you don’t want to suffer the consequences come March, make sure you get in as much incidental exercise as you can. Instead of catching up with friends for a boozy lunch, suggest a day of tennis (okay, with maybe a Pimm’s afterwards). Walk instead of driving or catching public transport. Enjoy the sunshine and the warm balmy evenings while they’re here and go for a stroll. Climb the stairs instead of taking the lift. Use grocery bags as weights and do some bicep curls on the way home from the supermarket. Clench your bottom cheeks together while you’re standing in line to see Father Christmas with the kids. Brace your stomach muscles as you walk, wherever you are, to improve your core strength. www.cosbeauty.com.au 85