CosBeauty Magazine #86

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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.

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