By Carla Oates

With Christmas only weeks away, the festive season is officially here. This month is set to be packed with end-of-year parties and social events where there will be beer, wine and spirits aplenty. 

Try as we might to be responsible—after all, there is research that suggests that some red wine is good for you—it's easy to get carried away during the Christmas season and have one too many. 

Whether you want to prevent a hangover or treat a hangover, here is The Beauty Chef guide on how to feel better, sooner. 

How To Prevent A Hangover

Drink plenty of water. If you’re already hungover, you won’t want to hear this (feel free to skip forward to the next section) but the best way to prevent a hangover is to drink adequate water before and during your big event. Aim for two to three litres of water dailyespecially if you know there’s a margarita or two in your futureand drink a glass of water between each drink.

Hydrate with electrolytes. Supercharge your water with a drink containing electrolytes to help regulate fluid levels in your body and maintain proper fluid balance as the party progresses. The Beauty Chef HYDRATION Inner Beauty Boost contains magnesium for electrolyte balance, as well as cucumber water, finger lime and trace minerals.

Eat a proper meal. Eating a well-balanced meal before heading out can help slow down the speed of alcohol absorption. Opt for something that contains protein, fats and carbs.

How To Recover From A Hangover

Increase your vitamin B intake. Did you know that taking vitamin B can help supplement some of the essential nutrients lost as a result of drinking too much alcohol? ADAPTOGEN Inner Beauty Boost is a bio-fermented elixir with vitamins B3, B6 and B12 to help reduce fatigue, refresh tired-looking skin, calm the appearance of a rosy complexion, recharge your energy and nourish your gut.

Rehydrate and boost your electrolyte levels. Drinking electrolytes is a good idea both before and after an event where you know there’ll be alcohol. If you’re feeling worse for wear, try making one of our delicious HYDRATION Mint Frappés. Containing coconut water, pineapple, mint and HYDRATION, this frappe helps to boost hydration and nourish your gut. 

Replenish dehydrated skin. When we’re dehydrated, our skin can become dehydrated too, making fine lines and wrinkles appear temporarily more pronounced. The Beauty Chef GLOW F.A.C.E is an intensive rejuvenating oil with a unique fermented prebiotic and postbiotic extract, that includes Bakuchiol, vitamins A, C and E and vegan squalene. Press three to four drops of this luxurious oil into your skin for a quick hit of hydration and radiance.

Get a good night’s sleep. While alcohol may help us fall asleep faster, it diminishes the quality of our sleep, making us feel worse for wear come morning. If you had a big night last night, chances are, you feel pretty tired and lethargic today. Go to sleep early and enjoy a nice cup of chamomile, lavender or valerian tea to help you wind down and ensure you have a deep, restorative sleep tonight, so you can wake up tomorrow feeling refreshed.