Recover Like A Rock Star

Hangover Remedies | Karina Louise Photography

As a San Francisco photographer, I have seen it all. But there is something that happens a lot, especially around this time of year that I think we should talk about. It’s important as an adult to find a way to say yes to those fabulous invites and still make it to your business portrait shoot the next day!

So you partied like a rock star the night before your photo shoot and by morning you feel and look far from your best. Or perhaps you just found out that your company’s big holiday party is the night before you are set to take your online dating photos and now you’re wondering whether you should re-schedule. Of course, it’s always ideal to get a good night’s sleep and be fully hydrated before taking natural portraits, but that’s not always how life works. Take a hint from rock stars everywhere and don’t worry about re-scheduling your shoot until all the circumstances are perfect. Health & beauty consultant Helene Vallee is here to help us with 9 steps for rock star photo prep!

1. Before Bed, H2O + supplements

Hydration, hydration and more hydration! An important recovery trick if you plan to party like a rock star is to drink lots of water before going to bed. You should take a good multi-vitamin with B complex and a mineral complex throughout the day such as this one by Raw One.  Before going to bed you should take these supplements separately or as a detoxifying complex. I recommend this great one Liver by New Roots. You can also go to Life Extension for individual nutrients including N-acetyl-L-cysteine & Silymarin.

2. Wake with H2O + lemon + caffeine

Upon rising, drink a big glass of water with some freshly squeezed lemon juice. It’s good to follow this with your regular cup of coffee or black tea. Just make sure to drink plenty of water to balance hydration levels.

3. Shower or not

A shower will raise your temperature and help remove any achiness. If you are brave, I recommend ending with a cold shower. This will make you feel more alert. To encourage additional relaxation or to invigorate your mind and body try a refreshing body wash such as Gloomaway Grapefruit body wash by Origins. Or if you have no time to shower I recommend Naturia Dry Shampoo by Rene Furterer.

4. Mild exercise

A few yoga poses can get your blood flowing and set you on the right foot. 1st lay in child’s pose while resting your forehand on a cold cloth. 2nd do a side twist to flush out your liver and organs. 3rd lay down, stretching your whole body and take a deep breath!

Hangover Recovery Yoga Pose*yoga image via Pinterest

5. Eat eggs + toast

If you don’t have an egg allergy, it’s a good rock star tip to start the day with hard-boiled or poached eggs. Eggs contain cysteine, a substance that can help break down acetaldehyde, a toxin associated with alcohol metabolism and hangovers. You might feel like eating something fried to “soak up” the night before. But foods like plain toast or lightly salted crackers will raise low blood-sugar levels and alleviate feelings of nausea without irritating your stomach and over burdening your liver the way fatty fried foods can. Additionally, to replenish potassium levels, eat fresh fruit like bananas. Also, if you have one, don’t forget to take your multi vitamin and mineral complex.

6. Tea Bags or cucumbers

Green and black tea work equally well to soothe puffy, irritated eyes. Caffeinated teas help constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling, while herbal teas (especially chamomile) contain anti-irritants that soothe redness and inflammation. For best results, steep 2 bags of your choice of tea in hot water for three to five minutes. Let cool until the bags are comfortably warm to the touch or put the cooked tea bags in the refrigerator for a few minutes before applying them to eyes for a refreshing experience.

Cucumbers have astringent properties that cause blood vessels to constrict. Lean your head back and rest a slice on each closed eye for 5-10 minutes for maximum de-puffing!

7. Use eye drops

Decongestant eye drops, or whitening eye drops, contain vasoconstrictors, which eliminate red eyes by shrinking the tiny blood vessels on the white part of your eyes, making them less visible. While decongestant eye drops are effective at getting rid of redness, be mindful that they can mask a potentially serious underlying problem. It’s always best to first consult with your eye doctor to identify the cause of your red eyes. Also, your eyes can develop a tolerance to the eye-whitening effect of these drops if you use them too often. So just use in case of an emergency as it’s definitely not an everyday product. Try Visine original.

8. Use a serum for dehydrated skin

Alcohol can dehydrate your skin, as a remedy you can use a hydrating serum under your regular moisturizer to plump up your skin and have a camera ready glow! I recommend Stone Crop Serum by Eminence.

9. Rock on!!

Grab your water bottle; put on some shades and off to your photo shoot.


Helene Vallee is a health and beauty consultant based in Vancouver, Canada. Her quest is to find ways to maximize beauty and well being through nutrition, cosmetics, supplmentation, detoxification methods and postural exercises.