The Pop Rocks have popped. You’ve tripped over 5 champagne corks in the last 5 minutes. And glitter is literally everywhere. It’s time to let recovery begin. Do yourself a favor and put together this simple and helpful DIY Recovery Kit together before the sun comes up on January 1st. Your mind, body and soul will thank you, from head to toe.
After a round of hilarious hangover stories and a bit of research, we’re pleased to bring you 12 tips and tricks sure to help you start that rough morning off right.
Prep H Pro Tip For Baggy Eyes
Go big or go home. At least that’s what you said last night, but now your eyes are looking pretty rough and no amount of cucumber is making those bags go away. Simply get yourself a tube of Preparation H (yes, the hemorrhoid cream), use a cotton swab to lightly dab on under-eye circles, massage into skin and let the H do the rest.
Here’s the deal: Puppies rolling over, kittens waking up, and bunnies doing basically anything will always make you feel better. No matter what day of the week or what your fried state of mind may be, you can always turn to Cute Roulette.
DIY Oatmeal-Lavender Face Scrub
Start your morning with a dose of exfoliation courtesy of Whole Living. Head to the kitchen and grab 1 cup ground oatmeal, half a cup of dry lavender flowers, 2 teaspoons of cornmeal and an optional half cup of powdered milk. Our twist is to turn this into a mask by adding a touch of honey and a spoon of olive oil. Mix ingredients together and massage into skin. Leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
Homemade Tea Bags
The ladies over at A Beautiful Mess have a great DIY Tea Bag tutorial using coffee filters, loose tea leaves, a stapler, embroidery floss, paper and spices. We recommend adding a little cinnamon and the teeniest bit of red chili pepper for a spicy but soothing wake up.
Oh-so-sweet DIY Lip Exfoliator
Sugar and spice and everything nice? Perhaps. After many glasses of fill-in-the-blank and a spell of dehydration, those lips of yours need some serious TLC. Thanks to beauty mavens Fox & Doll via ModCloth, this brown sugar, honey, olive oil treat is just what the doctor ordered.
It cured your dehydration then, and it will help your hangover now.
Oriental Flavor Top Ramen
Yep, you read that right. We are promoting the consumption of something you thought you’d sworn off after college. But the truth is, whatever is contained in that flavorful packet of powder happens to include the key to your well-being.
Yoga To The Rescue
We promise, staying up until sunrise was totally worth it but now you need to salute the sun the enlightening way with a few simple yoga poses sure to rejuvenate. We’re a big fan of twisting poses, allowing your body to “squeeze and soak” so that it expels old boozy blood and lets freshly oxygenated blood circulate. (via New York Times)
The best way to feel good when you feel bad is to call your best friends, hear about their ridiculous nights, commiserate about headaches and lost earrings, and laugh your face off. If you can handle sitting up, go for a little FaceTime or a full on Google+ Hangout and relive all that epic NYE magic.
Holly Golightly Eye Mask
Sleep it off, but do it in style. Oh Lovely Lolo’s DIY sleeping mask inspired byBreakfast at Tiffany’s sweetheart Holly Golightly is the perfect way to keep even your hangover day adorably chic.
Homemade Body Scrub
Nothing like sloughing off a night of partying. This scrub calls for Burt’s Bees body oil, sea salt or cane sugar, and lemon zest. If you can’t leave the house and don’t have body oil, substitute with olive oil, a touch of water, and a little extra lemon zest.
Teen Dream by Beach House
No collection of songs simultaneously calms and engages you like Teen Dream. And thankfully, it is nothing like Teenage Dream though Ms. Perry’s infectious vocals will likely echo in your head for days to come post-NYE. After you’ve exhausted Beach House, cue up 2011’s Bon Iver by Bon Iver, put on your dream-inducing eye mask, and laze in a Sunday haze.
Et voila! A brand new you ready to conquer 2012 like the rambunctious rockstar you are.
How do you beat the January 1st hangover blues? Send us your top secret remedies: firstname.lastname@example.org.