We’ve all been there at some point or another—waking up to a pounding headache on the couch after a wild night of drinks, hook-ups and utter disregard for human decency. Reality sinks in as the hangover kicks in. Bad breath, chapped lips, dry skin, puffy eyes. Pulling yourself together in just minutes for Sunday brunch or an early morning business meeting is tough. So here are some last-minute grooming tips and products to hide the hangover and activate damage control when weaving down the walk of shame.
Rejuvenate your moneymaker with Baxter Herbal Mint Toner ($18). The first noticeable sign of a hangover is face inflammation due to fluid leaving the skin. A face toner is needed to invigorate your appearance. Baxter’s special elixir uses mild herbal extracts to rehydrate and tone your kisser, along with Vitamin C and E for extra protection against cell damage.
Clean up on the run with Goodwipes ($8). Portable wipes are a godsend for the sweaty and odorous dude. Goodwipes serve as a great clean-quick solution you can throw in your briefcase or pockets, each one loaded with tea tree oil, peppermint and ginseng to keep you cool while removing dirt, sweat and stench.
Spray yourself in a masculine, not-so-musky scent like Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme ($125). Alcohol is treated as a toxin in our bodies, which is excreted by sweat and can even linger around after a hot shower. A premium cologne helps mask that dive bar aroma your body’s exuding. Polo Red Extreme is one of the more effective fragrances, containing a high level of coffee to make scents last longer.
Tame that dragon in the dungeon with travel-sized Listerine ($6). Morning breath is one thing. Alcohol morning breath is another. When brushing your teeth is out of the question, keep your oral game intact by keeping a bottle of mouthwash on hand to kill off any germs responsible for plaque, gingivitis and that strong whiff creeping out your mouth.
Avoid hangover perspiration by using Grooming Lounge Super Powder ($16). Sweat and hangovers go hand and hand, and walking around the morning after with monstrous flop sweat just isn’t sexy. So make sure to hit all hot spots before and after a night out with some high-quality talcum powder. Grooming Lounge offers a lightweight solution that absorbs sweat, reduces friction and keeps you smelling fresh outdoors.
Hide your baggage with Ahava Men's Age Control All-in-One Eye Care ($28). Exhaustion and lack of rest results in dark circles and puffiness underneath your peepers. But a quick dap of Ahava Men's anti-aging serum will provide an immediate cooling sensation that replenishes the face, tucking the curtains away for a fresh set of windows to the soul.
Look the part of a decent human with one of Banana Republic’s Non-Iron Dress Shirts ($45-$90). Let’s keep it 100. The last thing on your mind when waking up to an empty bottle of Jameson is what to wear. So for the on-the-go bachelor who values his appearance, Banana Republic’s special line of dressy button-ups are designed to be wrinkle-free.
Make it a good hair day with Baxter Grooming Cream ($20). As vain as it sounds, your hair does say everything about you. And if it’s all over the place, that pretty much labels you a hot mess. Get it together by applying this lightweight hair cream that nourishes follicles with essential oils and gives your mop a natural finish.
Protect your eyes and image by donning classic Ray-Ban Aviators ($150). Sunny days and office lights are your worst enemy during the recovery process. Even though you’ve popped enough Aspirin to put down a Kentucky thoroughbred, you might still want to hide those bloodshot and swollen eyes behind a pair of stylish sunglasses.
Pucker up to some ointment like Jack Black Intense Therapy Natural Mint ($8). Alcohol aggravates chapped lips and dehydrates the body. Besides consuming a ton of water throughout the day, another way to salvage those kissers is with an all-natural lip balm. Jack Black offers a variety of different flavors formulated to moisturize and protect you from dryness and sun damage. Carry on!