Bank holiday season is here! Which means one thing… a lot of alcohol! We are all partial to a drink especially when the sun comes out, in Britain we go crazy due to it being such a rarity. That said, we all know the health implications that alcohol has. Today we are here to talk about the correlation between alcohol and bad skin.

What is alcohol skin you ask? In the short term it means the dehydration of skin, dull complexion or redness, under eye bags or breakouts and in the long-term wrinkles, prone to sun damage and skin conditions such as rosacea. So overall not your skins best friend. But summer is here, we need solutions so we can enjoy our best life in our best skin!

Obviously, the obvious answer is to curb your drinking or not to binge when you go out, spreading the units out across the week is better than over doing it on a Saturday night. But today we are looking at how to give your skin as much nutrients as possible so when that weekend of fun creeps up it won’t have a detrimental effect on your appearance.

Tips and Tricks;

Hydration is key! Alcohol reduces the production of a hormone called vasopressin, this hormone tells your kidney to reabsorb water so when you consume alcohol your body is not getting this message and is flushing all water out. This leaves your skin rough, with uneven tones and even scaly patches. So, the obvious answer is making sure you’re drinking enough water, but another option would be to get a facial oil. Oil can penetrate deeper into the skin in comparison to moisturizer so this will give you better chance of keeping your skin super soft and hydrated. A brand we love and trust for facial oils is Urban Veda, the purifying facial oil contains rich moringa, healing gotu kola and antibacterial organic neem oil which targets oily skin which are prone to breakouts.

If you are going to let your skin suffer through alcohol intake, then counteract it with some high in nutrients foods. 2 pints is the equivalent to a burger so make sure your diet includes rich foods such as fruit, vegetables, oily fish and nuts. These are great players in achieving radiant skin or alternatively smart beauty products which include vitamin C will help.

Choose your liquor wisely; clearer the better! Drinking Vodka, Gin and tequila will mean it gets out your system quicker than alternative ale’s. Be smart with your mixers because you don’t want to overload on sugar as we know that causes breakouts. To help prevention after a heavy night drinking, do not skip make up removal or opt for a make up wipe. Cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin will keep it clean decreasing the risk of breakouts the next morning and it will make you feel so much better when you wake up with a heavy head.

Try the Phyto Replenish Oil by Dermalogica, it absorbs in to your skin reinforcing its protective barrier. This is an essential lipid blend that included orchid flower and chia seed oil soothes visible lines and locks in critical moisture.

The Organic Pharmacy Virgin Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil is rich in vitamin E and frankincense which works as a treatment oil. Leaves skin radiant, revitalised and brighter and reduces wrinkles, acne or surgery scarring and premature aging.

Avalon Organics Vitamin C Rejuvenating Moisturiser – Formulated with a powerful antioxidant team of Vitamin C and E, this oil free moisturizer will help control any outbreaks and is perfect for sun- aging repair protection. It’s formulated with organic aloe and hyaluronic acid for soothing hydration which has benefits of daily repair, firmer and more radiant skin and energises complexion and circulation.

Our last recommendation would be the Elemis Soothing Chamomile cleanser is a hypoallergenic cooling, cleansing milk that removes impurities and make up. Active extracts of Lime Blossom, Lecithin and Vitamin E help to balance excess surface oils and soothe skin which leaves you with a fresh and radiant complexion.