The latest installment of Gwyneth Paltrow’s indispensable GOOP newsletter deals with a topic of immediate interest to those planning to go out on New Year’s Eve: hangovers. The surprising part of this is that Paltrow ever allows herself to drink to excess, but the unsurprising part is that her hangover tips are totally as highfalutin as anything else you’d find in GOOP. And there’s no mention of Blowfish. Exhibit A:
If you have the time and the inclination, I’ve found that the best hangover remedy can be a hot and cold spa treatment. The original would be the traditional Turkish Hamman, but you can find this kind of treatment in spas all over the world, including my favorites, the low-key Japanese spas in New York, like Osaka.
Start in a hot, dry room and then move into an even warmer steam room. Then splash yourself with cold water (or even dunk in cold pool or under a cold shower). Follow it with a full body scrubdown, which is typically followed by a massage. At the end you’ll be sent to a cool room to relax and cool down.
If you have the time and inclination and the money.
Paltrow brings in a stable of experts to give tips like re-hydrating with San Pellegrino and eating Umeboshi plums. She also provides a couple hair of the dog recipes. The first, of course, uses Belvedere.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 29, 2011