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The 7 Skin Sins: Alcohol

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Posted: 12/19/2013 Anti-Aging in Skin Care Tips


I’m on the 6th week of my skin sins series – blog posts that discuss lifestyle habits that can wreak short- and long-term havoc on your skin. In case you’ve missed them, I’ve discussed a few no-no’s already, like dehydration, lack of sleep, smoking, and dairy. Up next is a skin sin you probably know about, but might not realize just how much trouble it can cause: alcohol. To find out more about what your favorite cocktail could be doing to your skin, read on!

Alcohol is a diuretic – it not only encourages fluids to move through your body faster, but also prevents your body from absorbing water, robbing you of moisture, electrolytes, and minerals. The results: dull, dehydrated, easily irritated skin. Consuming alcohol can also cause your blood vessels to dilate and, over the course of long-term consumption, can become permanent, leaving you with red, spidery veins. To top it all off, most cocktails are sugar-laden – a sin with its own set of skin-aging consequences. But don’t pitch your cocktail shaker just yet! With a combination of moderation and great skin care, there are three steps you can take to avoiding a post-party skin catastrophe.

1. Mix your skin a cocktail first.

Prepare your skin to combat dehydration with a mix of moisture-binders. An oxygen-infused serum with hyaluronic acid will not only bind up to 1000 times its weight in water to surface layers of skin, but also help makeup glide on flawlessly and fight existing visible signs of aging. Top with an antioxidant-rich creme for double duty protection and high impact hydration.

2. Saturate while you sip.

Stay hydrated (and help avoid overdoing it) throughout the night by drinking more water than alcohol. Alternate sips of H2O along with any alcoholic drink to rehydrate from the inside out. You can also take a travel size hydrating toner in your clutch to spritz on skin periodically – a tip that will not only save your skin from dehydration, but also keep your makeup lasting all night long!

3. Go to rehydration rehab.

Follow up a night of indulgence with a skin routine to repair and rehydrate. Start with a moisturizing gel face mask to balance and refresh. Then spritz on a calming, hydrating skin toner to safeguard against moisture loss and soothe any irritation dehydration might have caused. Add a layer of a vitamin and green tea extract-packed skin serum to lock in moisture and boost skin’s resistance to further irritation, and finally brighten up a complexion dulled from drinking with an overall skin brightening creme.

What’s your biggest skin sin? Don’t forget to check back next week for the reveal of the final one!


One of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., Barbara Salomone is the architect of the modern American facial. Since launching Bioelements Professional Skin Care in 1991, she has trailblazed the industry, incorporating nutritional supplements into topical skin care products, and pioneering the introduction of antioxidants, calcium, probiotics and lutein. Visit Bioelements on FacebookTwitter or Youtube.

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Karen Tobler says:
Dec 31, 2013

Great advise. I always drink water while I ave a cocktail. I always use a moisturizer

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