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? It's always 5 o'clock somewhere they say! We like it but our skin says no. The problem is, too much alcohol dehydrates the skin leaving it dry and flaky. It can cause a flaky scalp as well. I have read that Jennifer Lopez doesn't drink alcohol for that very reason. Her skin is incredibly beautiful.

Well, I am still going to indulge in a cocktail or a glass of wine.....or two! 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 are cocktailing. Drink water between cocktails to help keep yourself hydrated and limit the amount drinks you have. 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 and end up with dry, flaky irritated skin. There are a few things you can do to help repair the damage.
dehydrated skin
Dehydrated skin soothing remedy:

Drink Water
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 non-drying cleanser, no soap. Use warm, not hot water, while washing your face and showering. Yonka Lait Nettoyant is a soothing and gentle cleanser. Yes to Carrots fragrance free daily cream facial cleanser is another gentle cleanser to try.

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.  My very favorite gentle, non abrasive facial peel is Yonka Gommage 305. After the peel, apply a warm wash cloth to your face for 2 minutes and rinse well.

Then, apply a facial moisturizing mask and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and wipe it off with a warm wash cloth. Then, pat dry. Try Yonka Masque No 1 provides intensive hydration. Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque is also a nice hydrating mask.

Finish by massaging with a gentle, soothing moisturizer. Yonka Creme 83 for sensitive skin is soothing and calming for your face and neck. It's another favorite YonKa product. Cera Ve Moisturizing Lotion is a good moisturizer for your body. Always apply your moisturizer on skin that is slightly damp to seal in water.

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. You can find coconut oil right in your grocery store. Coconut oil is solid when cool and liquefies in warm temperatures. 

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 and effective. 
Yon Ka products for dry skin
You can find YonKa products in salons, on the yonka 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, for Yonka product recommendations for your skin concerns.  

Use good, gentle skin care products to keep your skin glowing and hydrated. Your skin will look flake free and glowing with consistent care........until the next over indulgence!
Have a Beautiful Day!


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