How alcohol affects the skin and what you can do about it this Christmas!
As party season is officially declared ‘open’, it’s time for us to share the harsh truth about alcohol and your skin!
Now, we’re in no way party poopers. The festive season is upon us, and we wholeheartedly believe in celebrating with friends and family. For many, this will include an alcoholic drink or two.
But while we believe in everything in moderation, there are no two ways about it, alcohol and the skin are never going to get along.
Alcohol is a toxin. Not only can it offset healthy gut bacteria, but all too often, the tell-tale signs of a night on the booze show in the skin too.
We know it’s the season for popping bottles, but before you take the champagne off ice, let’s take a look at what alcohol can do to your skin.
Alcohol is a diuretic which means it increases urine production. The liver works to eliminate toxins faster from the body, so you have to urinate more frequently. Unfortunately, you’re also urinating the natural moisture needed to keep skin cells hydrated.
You might notice dehydrated skin for up to three days after alcohol has been consumed.
Puffy, red skin
After an evening spent sipping cocktails, you might notice the face is puffy, red or inflamed. As the natural moisture diminishes with increased urination, the body responds by trying to hold onto water already present in the body. This can cause a bloated appearance and an inflammatory response that can leave skin red or irritated.
We all know there’s very little nutritional content in alcohol, but one thing it’s not short of is sugar! And, as we know, sugar can cause an inflammatory response as the toxins escape the body.
If you notice breakouts one to two days after drinking alcohol, particularly around the chin area (a common exit point), the liver is working to cleanse the toxins and the pores are responding to bacteria and toxins exiting the skin.
It takes approximately three days for the liver to dispose of the toxins consumed during a boozy session. While we know this is the season to be jolly and certainly believe that balance is key, if you do drink this Christmas time, here are our best tips to help minimise the impact of alcohol on the skin.
Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water in the cells. Before, during and after alcohol consumption drink lots of water. Alternate every alcoholic drink with water and opt for water-based mixers such as soda water and lots of ice. Always have a big glass of water before bed and another as soon as you wake up to rehydrate dry cells.
2) Always take makeup off before bed
We know how tempting it can be to collapse into bed and worry about removing makeup in the morning, but we urge you to always cleanse at least once (twice is ideal) before getting into bed.
Remove makeup with a microfibre cloth and if you can muster up the energy, follow with a deeper cleanse using Bc Refresh cleanser for a deeper clean that will remove all traces of the night.
As soon as you wake up, cleanse again, apply your Biologi serum of your choice and follow with a big glass of water to rehydrate dry cells and help eliminate toxins faster.
3) Apply Biologi serum
While the Biologi serum you choose following a night of drinking is up to you, Bf Restore Face & Body Serum is our recommended serum for post-alcohol skin. The pure extract of Australian finger lime is the most hydrating serum in the range and contains a combination of active phytonutrients (including tryptophan and ferulic acid) that can rehydrate alcohol ravaged cells. Also potent in natural vitamin C, the natural antioxidant helps to reduce redness and calm any inflammatory response to alcohol.
Truth bomb time…the best thing you can do for your skin is to avoid alcohol altogether. There, we said it! But for any event where alcohol is likely to feature, pack the Bf Restore midi in your bag and don’t forget to hydrate from the inside out.
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