Alcohol & Your Skin

A very recent study has come out with the proposition that even one glass of wine is damaging and, according to this study, an all-round Prohibition era should be instituted forthwith. It is the belief of this writer that extremes of any stripe are dangerous, be they in health, politics or art.

This is why we argue that moderate consumption of alcohol can be beneficial to one’s health and enjoying a glass of wine or beer after a hard day at work is a common way to relax. However, consuming too much alcohol not only makes you feel bad, it can affect your appearance too.

Excessive alcohol can age the skin. The three biggest negative impacts are:

Dehydration

The human body is almost 50% composed of water.  Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, without adequate water it cannot perform its normal barrier protective function or appear healthy and vibrant.  Healthy looking skin needs a good balance of moisture, so drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated. Think of water as an internal moisturizer, which you should apply continuously throughout the day. Alcohol can dehydrate your body, pulling moisture out of the skin, along with the vital nutrients your skin needs to keep it healthy. When skin becomes too dry, it is more likely to wrinkle, and can make you appear older than you actually are.

Blood Vessel Dilation

When you drink alcohol the blood vessels just beneath the surface of your skin dilate, causing redness or flushing and worsening the appearance of spider veins. For those who abuse alcohol, this effect can become permanent, giving a very uneven, unhealthy-looking complexion.

Pre-Existing Skin Conditions

There are several dermatologic conditions that can be aggravated by the consumption of alcohol including rosacea and psoriasis. Drinking alcohol can cause symptom flare-ups making these chronic diseases more difficult to treat. Minimizing your consumption of alcohol should be part of your regime for managing any pre-existing skin condition.

Reducing Alcohol Intake Improves Appearance

Overall, reducing the consumption of alcohol will result in better skin.

If you have consumed an excess amount of alcohol, you can attempt to counteract the ill-effects on your skin. Drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body both during and post alcohol consumption, which will in turn rehydrate your skin. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin, and nourish it with a good quality moisturizer as well as daily sun screen.

Four Steps to Set Back the Clock

This Sunday we set the clock forward, to signal the long awaited coming of spring. High time to set eyes on green rather than dirty white!

Mature skin showing winter damage needs its own clock set back, not forward. Coming out of hybernation mature skin is in need of special care and the following 4 step program goes a long way to help renew and rejuvenate.                                         dreamstime_xs_11675419

1. Exfoliate to get rid of accumulated dead, dry cells. This will also brighten the complexion and refine the skin texture. Apply a nourishing mask.

2. Cleanse and Tone daily using revitalizing products.

3. Apply Day & Night regenerating and lifting creams.

4. Repeat Step 1 every 2 weeks.

This month we suggest treatment products by Payot-Paris and Ilike Organic Skin Care.

Step 1. Yogurt Power Peel followed by Rich Carrot Mask by Ilike Organic Skin Care

Step 2. Fraicheur Cleanser/Toner by Payot-Paris or Rose Petal Milk/Toner by Ilike Organic.

Step 3. Perform Lift Day/Night/Neck by Payot-Paris or Glycolic Medlar Treatment by Ilike  Organic Skin Care.

Over and above the 4 steps, we recommend a special step which does not involve any product. Instead of working on the skin, this routine was specially developed by Dr.Payot to work on the facial muscles, just like going to the gym for the face.

In conjunction with high quality products it is very helpful to practice facial exercises, just like going to the gym will enhance the results of a good diet. 

Dr.Payot Facial Exercise Program can be seen if you click on the link.

We hope you make use of these suggestions and enjoy spring time looking your best.

Nadia Danay

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