Eating too much salt can make your body hold on to an extra 1.5 litres of water and help you look bloated. Need to lose 2kg by the next night? Take Nicole Kidman’s lead and have a detoxifying seaweed wrap before a big event to help draw out excess water and lose inches off your thighs and tummy. And wear Spanx!
Pop a pill
A little forward planning will go a long way to boosting your body before and after a big night out. Powerful liver protectants found in milk thistle help to process the toxins in alcohol, and studies have shown it also protects against longer-term damage. Pop one before you go out and one first thing in the morning to maximise benefits.
Eating before you go out is a must. Yoghurt and grapes are great for a quick snack, but fatty foods stick to the stomach lining longer and slow down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream, thus increasing the chance of feeling decent in the morning. So Mediterranean party princesses actually take a spoonful of olive oil before drinking alcohol. Sounds disgusting? Eat an avocado instead, it will do the same thing.
In the countdown to any red carpet event, Elle Macpherson smoothes her skin with serum to give it a radiance boost – “I put it around my eyes for up to a week before”. Only a few hours to go? Place soaked and chilled chamomile or green tea bags over eyes to blitz bags, have a 40-minute disco nap and use whitening drops to make eyes sparkle on waking.
Load up on a liquids
Alcohol dehydrates, causing headaches, dizziness and sickness. Match every boozy drink to a glass of water to maintain hydration levels, and water down wine with lemonade or soda.
Eat something non-salty but carb-heavy like a turkey sandwich, peanut butter on toast or a small jacket potato with cheese (or chips, if you must!) washed down with as much water as you can.
Eat your eggs
Have two poached eggs on wholemeal toast for breakfast, like Kate Moss, with a large glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Eggs contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver, whilevitamin C-packed orange juice has been proven to increase the rate at which the body gets rid of those toxins.
Aside from beating dehydration, drinking lots of still water helps flush out the leftover toxins in the stomach. Adding salt and sugar to water helps replace the sodium and glycogen lost the night before. Non-caffeinated, non-carbonated sports drinks can achieve the same effect too.
Go for a soak
Have a warm shower, then run a hot bath with some relaxing aromatherapy oils. Remove any leftover make-up and smother your face in a thick layer of moisturising face mask before soaking your woes away for at least half an hour. It will work wonders for parched and partied-out skin.
Put the kettle on
If rehydration salts and paracetamol aren’t enough to make you feel better, try hot water with honey and lemon, which helps break down alcohol and discharge it from the body, or a cup of ginger tea, made with three slices of ginger, a little vinegar and brown sugar, which helps relieve nausea and an upset stomach.
Munching on a potassium and magnesium rich banana will boost your energy and help stabilise your blood sugar levels, relieve a throbbing headache and feelings of nausea. Not a fan of bananas? Have a couple of kiwis and a yoghurt instead.
Sweat it out!
Exercise helps to speed up your metabolism and rid your body of all those unwanted toxins. An hour of brisk walking or cycling can help to detoxify the body as more oxygen is introduced into the bloodsteam and brain.