Work hard. Play hard. We’re all familiar with the phrase, but when the donkey in your head just won't stop, it’s time to detox. Here within quick fixes that will have you waving bye-bye to that burro in no time.
While there may be more than one reason you’re red in the face upon waking (do you even remember last night?), at least you can do something about it… well, most of it. After a night out overindulging skin turns red due to inflammation and dehydration, so back away from the Bloody Mary and reach for products that calm and moisturise. Aptly named, Elemis
’ S.O.S Emergency Cream is an intensive moisturiser that is super-nourishing. Chockfull of hydrating, anti-oxidant rich ingredients, the cream is ideal for soothing sensitive, moisture-parched skin. www.elemis.com
When ‘heavy lifting’ is required, look to Elemis
’s Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask. A potent mix of strawberry and kiwi fruit derived active ingredients, the deep cleaning creamy mask rejuvenates and brightens complexions for beautifully soft skin. www.elemis.com
Rehydrate. I know, thanks Captain Obvious, but besides guzzling regular H2O there are things one can do to improve or accelerate hydration, which at this moment is probably vital to your sense of wellbeing. Drink coconut water. Low in sugar and calories, coconut water is filled with essential vitamins, minerals and electrolytes like potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, all critical for replenishing your depleted husk of a body. Look for one with no additives like Harmless Harvest’s Harmless Coconut Water. Or go climb a tree. If cracking a nut isn’t your thing, show your liver some love by adding lemon, ginger and honey to regular water. Ginger is good for nausea, while lemon supports detoxification by boosting liver function and tissue regeneration. Honey is made up mostly of fructose, and digestion of fructose competes with that of alcohol, forcing the body to more rapidly rid itself of remaining alcohol. Translation: it tells your hangover to buzz off.
SWEAT IT OUT
Kick a killer headache with a workout. This does not mean holding down the couch while you gorge on reruns and scarf down every carb in sight. Try a yoga class instead. The twisting movement of many poses is akin to twisting water out of a rag and is said to be a good way to flush out toxins and increase oxygen and blood flow. Go namaste yourself at Bliss. www.blissyogacayman.com
And I’m not talking drinks by the pool. If the mere thought of moving has your stomach rolling, pour yourself into a bath loaded with Epsom salts. Rich in magnesium and sulphate, Epsom salts aid the detoxification process and calm swollen blood vessels.
BEAM ME UP
Enhance recovery from last night’s not-so-great decisions with a sweat session that requires no effort. Harnessing the body’s most natural method for eliminating toxins – sweating – full spectrum infrared saunas are
a powerful tool for natural healing. Effectively penetrating human tissue, infrared light heats the body’s core deep inside on a cellular level where toxins reside, while also stimulating collagen production (goodbye wrinkles!), exciting the circulatory system (hello oxygen!) and boosting the immune system. Good for chronic aches and pains as well as fuzzyhead syndrome, red light love is where it’s at. Available on island at www.beyondbasics.ky
When immediate relief is required, head to REVIV
. Offering five signature infusions, all which can be tailored to specific needs, the spa-meets-ER clinic takes the suffering out of everything from overindulgence (think: too much sun and fun) to jetlag and intense exercise. Quick and painless, the vitamin and mineral cocktails are administered by a registered nurse, overseen by a doctor, and offer swift recuperation byway of intense hydration, nutrition and fortification.
Convalesce on your terms when you take advantage of their concierge in-room service. Get stuck at www.revivme.com/grand-cayman
Munch a steak, crack some eggs or toss back pumpkin seeds, regardless of how you get it, make sure to ingest some protein. Broken down into various amino acids, protein helps detoxify the liver. Besides containing protein, eggs also contain cysteine, which protects the body from harmful toxins and is a sure fire way to help the liver quickly break down alcohol. Magnesium is often given to alcoholics in withdrawal as the vitamin is depleted by alcohol consumption. Pumpkin seeds contain a whopping amount of magnesium. Throw back a handful to aid recovery.
When a hangover just won’t go, consider getting some bodywork done. Massage improves blood flow, which can help the liver clear toxins (read: booze) out faster. The increased circulation exposes the liver to alcohol more rapidly, but also forces the liver to kick it up a notch. And besides feeling really darn good, massage also boosts the immune system by releasing white blood cells. Get pummelled on island at www.beyondbasics.ky
All work and no play makes everyone dull, so let’s talk drinks.
- 1 ½ oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
- ¼ oz Amaro di Angostura
- ½ oz house made fresh
- ginger syrup
- ½ oz honey
- ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz sorrel tea
- Lemon whipped cream
Add all ingredients except lemon whipped cream into a shaker tin with ice.
Shake, strain over ice into glass, top with lemon infused cream.
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- 50 ml Zacapa 23
- 30 ml Antica Formula
- 20 ml Campari
- 5ml Laphroaig
- 48 hours barrel
- aged orange zest
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain mixture into a coupe glass and garnish with orange zest.
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- 2 oz scotch bonnet
- infused rum
- ½ oz Midori
- 2 oz fresh mango puree
- ½ oz kabosu citrus
- Splash orange juice
Pour all ingredients over ice into a shaker.
Shake until the outside starts freezing. Pour with strainer into a martini glass.
Decorate with a frozen scotch bonnet (ice cube effect).
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