FACING THE FACTS ABOUT WHAT A BIG NIGHT CAN DO
We all know smashing out those sugary cocktails on a Saturday night not only leaves us feeling incredibly unwell the next day, but also makes our skin look like utter crap.
Aesthetic skin practitioner Sarah Hudson reveals the effects on your skin the next day.
“Alcohol is a diuretic leading to dehydration in the skin,” Sarah explains. “This results in parched, crepey skin that quickly loses its luminosity and glow.” For each alcoholic beverage consumed, you need to replenish the skin with four glasses of water.
2. PUFFINESS AND BLOATING
“As alcohol is a diuretic, it tells the body to hold on to water. The next day this results in puffiness and fluid retention.” The most noticeable signs: under-eye bags, puffy eyelids, swelling around the jawline.
3. PIMPLES AND BREAKOUTS
This is probably the most common consequence of drinking, and is a direct result of the sugars found in drinks, which make the androgen hormone more active.
4. SKIN FLUSHING AND REDNESS
If you’re prone to ‘tomato face’, then you might want to steer clear of wine – in particular white wine.
“Alcohol is a vasodilator, leading to skin redness and flushing, particularly noticeable in the cheek area,” Sarah adds.
5. LONG-TERM DAMAGE
“Over time, too much consumption of alcohol can lead to the suppression of the skin’s natural protective structure, causing susceptibility to UV damage and autoimmune skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis.”
Sarah says there are next-day steps:
1. Gently exfoliate the skin: this will remove dull, dehydrated skin cells.
2. While exfoliating, gently massage your face in circular motions: this will help with lymphatic drainage, decrease the appearance of fine lines and reduce facial puffiness.
3. Invest in a LED mask light. The red light rays are proven to boost collagen production and the blue light rays are proven to destroy acne-causing bacteria.