USMagazine, Monday, December 31, 2012, 4:00pm (PST)
Ahead of Monday's night of New Year's Eve parties, Us Weekly asked celebs including Zoe Saldana and Pretty Little Liars' Ashley Benson to share their top tips on how to recover after a major bash. Plus, experts weigh in on the post-partying tricks the celebs swear by.
ZOE SALDANA TELLS US: "Before going to bed, I put Epsom salts into a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. The next day I wake up with half the night erased."WHAT THE EXPERT SAYS: Magnesium sulfate (a.k.a. Epsom salt) can reduce bloating by drawing fluids out of the body, says Laura Ann Conroy, an aesthetician for Bliss. For morning-after puffiness, smooth on the Body Shop's Spa Fit Gel Massager. Its grapefruit essential oils help flush water out of the system. ($30, thebodyshop.com)
ASHLEY BENSON TELLS US: "I refresh my skin with a cucumber mask, followed by a lot of moisturizer."WHAT THE EXPERT SAYS: NYC-based dermatologist Dennis Gross maintains that cucumber extract helps attract and bind moisture to skin. No cuke-infused potions in the medicine cabinet? Apply Dr. Jart's Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask for 15 minutes. "The cool-to-the-touch patch drenches skin cells with hydrating hyaluronic acid. ($42 for five, sephora.com)
LIV TYLER TELLS US: "Hair of the dog always works. A nice breakfast is also very important."WHAT THE EXPERT SAYS: Skip the alcohol. "It just delays the inevitable," says physician Frank Lipman, founder of NYC's Eleven Wellness Center. Breakfast, however, is key: "Eggs contain cysteine to break down toxins and make you feel less sluggish." At the very least, take a supplement like CocoaWell, which contains cocoa powder, a natural energy stimulant. ($30, Whole Foods)
ALLISON WILLIAMS TELLS US: "The smell of rosemary in my eye cream wakes me up. It's pretty spectacular and helps diminish dark circles after a late night of partying."WHAT THE EXPERT SAYS: Though rosemary is a proven antioxidant, vitamin K constricts blood vessels, helping under-eye circles diminish faster, notes Leighton Meester's facialist, Micheline Reboh of NYC's Paul Lebrecque Salon and Spa. Try Peter Thomas Roth's Eye Rescue. ($100, peterthomasroth.com)
SHAY MITCHELL TELLS US: "To get rid of swelling around my eyes, I put green tea bags on my eyelids. Or I grab cold spoons that I leave in the freezer and put them on my eyes."WHAT THE EXPERT SAYS: "Green tea contains anti-inflammatory caffeine," explains Anna Faris' Dallas-based facialist, Renee Rouleau. "And anything cold reduces puffiness when applied for 10 minutes." Clinique's All About Eyes Serum delivers a one-two punch: a caffeine-rich formula dispensed through an icy metal tip. ($28, clinique.com)