Post-Party Recovery: Counter the Effects of Alcohol on Your Skin

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. For many of us, our merriment involves indulging in a few drinks—a glass or two of wine, a few pints of beer or mixed drinks and spirits. Alcohol may get us in the mood for good cheer, but it also takes a toll on our skin. Although you may not have a headache the next day, your skin may still be suffering from its effects.  Don’t let your favourite adult beverage ruin your complexion. Recovery is within reach when you follow these steps to reclaim your natural glow.

Your skin and alcohol

Alcohol begins impacting your skin once that first sip crosses your lips. As the body begins to absorb the alcohol, the small blood vessels throughout your body begin to expand, making the blood flow closer to the surface of your skin. Since the face is rich in blood vessels, your face may begin to look red or flushed. In addition to a much rosier complexion, you may also notice enlarged pores and discoloration. Over time, alcohol may impact the resilience of your skin, making those fine lines more pronounced. As you drink, you become dehydrated (unless you’re also drinking a glass of water for every drink you imbibe). Have you ever noticed your skin appears dry or flaky the day after a night out? That’s because your skin is thirsty! As a result, lines and wrinkles, including “crow’s feet” and frown lines, may become more visible. In addition to the direct effects of alcohol on the skin, it can have indirect effects as well. Since alcohol often interrupts your natural sleep cycle, you may have dark under eye circles, spots, and a dull complexion. The good news is your skin begins the recovery process as soon as the alcohol leaves your system. By hydrating and nourishing your skin--inside and out--you can begin restoring your beautiful skin.

3 tips for skin recovery

1. Cleanse. The first step of recovery is to give it a thorough cleaning with CosMedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser. Cleansing removes impurities that have built up in your pores from the indoor and outdoor environments. Purity Clean removes excess oil, so it’ll also reduce your chances of breaking out in spots as well. Your skin will feel refreshed, balanced and ready for the next step. skin care recovery 2. Detox. No recovery is complete without a full detox. The CosMedix Detox Activated Charcoal Mask is formulated to remove dirt and other pollutants from your pores. It’ll also help reverse the effects of alcohol on your skin. While the activated charcoal and kaolin clay unclog your pores, diatomaceous earth smooths your skin tone and makes it appear much brighter. For best results, use it the evening after your night out so it can also remove the dirt and grime that may have impacted your skin during the day. skin care recovery 3. Restore. Once you’ve removed the impurities and grime from your pores and brightened your skin tone, apply a restorative serum, such as CosMedix CPR Skin Recovery Serum. This serum is formulated to calm the redness and irritation that’s common after drinking alcohol, protect skin from further damage and restore its youthful glow. Not only does it help retain skin’s moisture, it also firms lines and wrinkles, prevents breakouts and nourishes new cells. Recovery complete. Moisturising is an important step to restoring your skin’s natural glow. Alcohol dehydrates skin. CosMedix Humidify Deep Moisture Cream provides a deep level of hydration, whether your skin is dehydrated from alcohol or from the dry winter air. Humidify smooths wrinkles in just 30 minutes and reduces rough skin texture by 36 percent. After 15 days of continuous use, hydration is improved by 42 percent! Restore your skin’s moisture levels and protect it from dehydration. While there’s no need to stop drinking altogether to prevent damage to your skin, by taking steps to repair the damage after a night out, you may be able to counteract the effects of alcohol and put your skin on the path to recovery.

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