Like every guy in their (ahem) late twenties, I like to go out and have a good time. And like every guy, no matter what age, we often get carried away with drinking and dancing and no-holds-barred partying until the wee hours of morning, knowing we have the responsibility of being human the next day. Even if late nights of debauchery aren't your cup of tea, there's always that one wedding, birthday party, election day, whatever, that has you doing the samba (and a shot of tequila or two) at some point throughout the night.  Hey, even Carrie Bradshaw has unforgettable nights out with the well-deserved, worth-every-minute hangovers in the morning.

Unlike Carrie, I have a morning cure package: a cup of hot, herbal green tea, a Complex C vitamin, a run at the gym and Nickel's Morning After Rescue Gel. Believe me, it works.

I've been faithful to Nickel's Morning After Rescue Gel for years (it was launched back in 1996, and I've been using it since 2004). I've also tried other similar products here and there but, ultimately, they are never quite the same. Morning After Rescue Gel contains a load of caffeine and menthol, which are two things that I don't really take in orally, and it's not by choice. I don't drink coffee, sodas or anything that has caffeine in it (seriously, just a coincidence). And mint is great! But I rather have it slathered on my skin for the cooling effect (and, when it comes to gum, I stick to fruit flavored).

The gel was a way for me to actually absorb some things that I was unfamiliar with. They're both stimulating and, when applied, one of the best slaps to the face you could ever get. As you know, the ingredients are absorbed into your skin and eventually enter your blood stream. I'm sure this is my version of your cup of coffee... and with the coffee seed extract, it's very close! Coffee bean extract is also known to be one of the best antioxidants out there as it contains chlorogenic acid, which neutralizes free radicals and helps regulate metabolism. It's been said to be twice as effective in absorbing oxygen free radicals than green tea and grape seed extract.

While there are some unfriendly parabens involved (although I feel like sometimes it's fine in cases when you are not using a product daily), I like to focus on the positives, like triticum vulgare wheat protein, which the product is highly concentrated in. Wheat protein contains high levels of vitamin E oil, minerals and essential fatty acids. This is great for promoting skin cell formulation, and rejuvinating dry and dehydrated skin. It's a great, soothing antioxidant for the skin.

The name can't be any more appropriate. Morning After Rescue Gel, for me, is a nose ahead in the Nickel Line and has been steadily one of the more popular products. Not only does the stimulating tingling pleasantness on my face feel great, but it also prevents me from looking haggard. I also use it in cases of jetlag, when a lifting eye cream isn't strong enough on its own.


Aqua (Water), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Caffeine, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Caprilic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Menthol, Menthoxypropanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, C.I. 42090, C.I. 19140, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.