There’s yet to be a hangover remedy as effective as the hair of the dog.
Even a double Bloody Mary breakfast can’t always quell the head throb. With that in mind, spas are serving up special treatments created to detox the skin and ease morning-after misery.
“We’re all big drinkers, and we know that the next morning is never fun,” says Kim Sudhalter, co-owner of Studio City’s LushSpa, where the post-party treatment has earned its own cadre of faithful clients. (The spa also serves wine and Champagne.)
Unfortunately, scrubs and salves won’t eliminate the tell-tale flush that comes with excessive imbibing, according to Dr. Boris Zaks at Beverly Hills Dermatology. But an extraction-free facial should add the glow of rehydration. Or help prevent future facial blight.
“Alcohol seems to dull the skin, and the stress on your system can possibly lead to breakouts,” says Kavita Rao of the Argyle Salon & Spa.
No matter the efficacy, who can resist the idea of counteracting overindulgence with even more indulgence?
930 Hilgard Ave.,
Treatment: Hangover Herbie ($215 for 105 minutes)
You get: An essential-oil rub and body wrap, revitalizing face mask, foot and head massages, oxygen spray to increase circulation and a cup of green tea
Best for: Clearing your head after an overflow of red wine or bubbly.
Argyle Salon & Spa
8358 Sunset Blvd.,
Treatment: Detox & Destress ($215 for 110 minutes)
You get: A soak in an almond oil milk bath to open pores and a 80-minute hot-stone massage to help release toxins.
Best for: Bouncing back from a mixed-drink bender. (For an extra $40, the hardcore can get a shot of B12 injected right into the bloodstream.)
Red Rock Spa
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.,
Treatment: No Regrets Hangover Treatment ($145 for 50 minutes)
You get: A salt-scrub body polish, sea-salt bath and re-mineralizing body wrap of seaweed and marine elements that draw out toxins.
Best for: Recovering from that only-in-Vegas brand of over-the-top intemperance.
4251 Laurel Canyon Blvd.,
Treatment: Hangover Remedy ($55 for 45
You get: A puffiness-reducing eye massage with cornflower-and-ginseng mask, an avocado-oil-based hydrating facial mask and head massage
Best for: “From my personal experience — tequila hangovers,” says Sudhalter.