Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Skin and the Effects of Alcohol

gin and tonic
Who doesn't love a nice cocktail or a relaxing glass of wine at the end of a long day? 

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere they say! 

We love it but our skin says NO!

Skin and the Side Effects of Alcohol

The problem is, too much alcohol dehydrates the skin leaving it dry, flaky and irritated. 

It can inflame capillaries increasing redness in the skin.

It can also trigger a rosacea flare up.

It can cause a flaky scalp as well. 

I have read that Jennifer Lopez doesn't drink alcohol due to the effects alcohol has on the skin. Her skin is incredibly glowy and beautiful.

Well, I am still going to indulge in a cocktail or a glass of wine.....or two on occasion! 

I tell myself that red wine is full of the anti-aging antioxidant Resveratrol. Okay. I know. They say you need to drink bottles of it per day to receive a beneficial amount, but I say, any little bit helps. 

There are a couple things you can do to curb the dehydration of the skin as you enjoy your cocktailing.

#1. Drink Water
Drink water between cocktails to help keep yourself hydrated. Drinking water is also a great hangover fighter since dehydration is a major player in a hangover.
 
#2. Don't Over Indulge
The more alcohol you consume, the more likely your skin will become dehydrated.

Even the best of us can over do it sometimes when we are out having a good time. Then we end up with dry, flaky irritated skin. 

There are a few things you can do to help repair the damage.
dehydrated skin

The Best Products to Soothe & Heal Alcohol Induced Dehydrated Skin

Hydrate
Start by drinking lots of water and green tea. Green tea contains great anti oxidants the help the skin repair itself.

Use a Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cleanse with a soothing non-drying facial cleanser, no soap. 
Always use warm, not hot water, while washing your face and showering. 
Yonka LAit Nettoyant
Yonka Lait Nettoyant
Yonka Lait Nettoyant is a soothing and gentle facial cleanser and eye makeup remover for all skin types.  It's alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate while it's plant derived glycerin and botanicals soothe and hydrate the skin.

Healing Mist
A gentle toner is the second step in the facial cleansing process. it removes excess facial cleanser and also soothes and heals the skin.
Yonka Lotion PS

YonKa Lotion PS
YonKa Lotion PS is a soothing healing mist. It is called lotion but it is actually a toner full of a Yonka's signature blend of essential oils. It's scent is devine!

Gentle Exfoliation
Exoliation can help reduce the flakiness on your face. I'm talking about gentle exfoliation only done only once a week for fragile dehydrated skin. 

Heavy exfoliation will only cause more flaking, irritation and dehydration. 

Use a gentle skin peel to remove the flakes and brighten your complexion. After the peel, apply a warm washcloth to your face for 2 minutes, rinse well and apply moisturizer or a treatment mask.
gommage Yon-ka
Gommage Yon-Ka
My very favorite gentle, non abrasive facial peel is Gommage Yon-Ka. Gommage means erase in French. Apply this cooling gel peel, let is set, then massage it off erasing flaky skin. 

Hydrating Mask
Apply a facial moisturizing mask and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and wipe it off with a warm washcloth. Then, pat dry. 
YonKA Masque No 1

Yonka Masque No 1
Yonka Masque No 1 provides intensive hydration and soothes irritated skin with jojoba oil, botanical extracts and vitamins. It's anti aging formula is good for dry, sensitive dehydrated skin of any age. 

Moisturizer
Finish by massaging with a gentle, soothing moisturizer.

Yonka sensitive Creme
Yonka Sensitive Creme
Yonka Sensitive Creme for sensitive skin is soothing and calming for your face and neck. It's shea butter, pre-biotic and pro-biotics calm and heal dehydration and sensitivity.

For Your Scalp
Try coconut oil. If your scalp is flaky and dehydrated too, massage a tablespoon or two of coconut oil into your scalp. Let it sit at least 1/2 hour. Then shampoo it out. 

Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is solid when cool and liquefies in warm temperatures. It is a healthy oil to use for cooking, on your skin andon your hair.

I talk about YonKa products frequently and highly recommend them. I am a licensed esthetician have and used them in the facial room for about 20 years and find them to be extremely gentle, effective and luxurious. 
Yon Ka products for dry skin
You can find YonKa products in salons and spa, and on Amazon. 
Click here to view the YonKa skin care products page.

There are many, many Yonka Products for lots skin conditions. It can be a bit overwhelming. Feel free to contact me by email, juicybeautyword@gmail.com for Yonka product recommendations for your skin concerns.  

Use effective, gentle skin care products to keep your skin glowing and hydrated reducing the effects of alcohol on your skin. Your skin will look flake free and glowing with consistent care...until the next over indulgence!

       Have a Beautiful Skin Day! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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