Reviving Your Skin After A Big Night Out
AS the festive season rolls around there’s an increase in excesses and extremes – extremely late nights coupled with an excess of alcohol and rich food. You start out the season feeling like a rock star, but as the week’s progress you begin to feel the effects of over indulgence – and instead of looking as bright and perky as the tinsel on your tree – you and your skin take a hammering and it shows. Apart from the common occurrence of panda eyes – bloating and dark circles beneath the eyes very often with smudges of day old makeup – a big night out has a definite effect on your appearance. Add alcohol, smoking and a shortage of sleep, and the condition of your skin is more obviously impacted. In the long-term, it can lead to wrinkles and premature ageing and in some circles it’s believed that skin can take up to 30 days to truly get over a hangover. This premise is grounded on the proof that alcohol dries out the body generally – including skin.
The medical condition “edema” – when the body retains water to compensate for the dehydration associated with alcohol consumption – is another reason for looking like hell when you wake up because this condition is most visible on the face around the eyes. Alcohol can also deprive the skin of the vitamins and nutrients it needs for a healthy glowing complexion. It’s known to deplete vitamin A, essential for cell renewal. The effect on the skin is seen in varying degrees but can leave it with a dull and even gray appearance. If you are unlucky it can initiate breakouts. For those susceptible to rosacea, eczema and psoriasis – drinking can also be a trigger depending on how prolonged your partying is and the sensitivity of your skin. As if that weren’t enough – it can also cause the blood vessels to dilate, sometimes permanently, leaving broken capillaries and red spots. All these conditions are compounded by that fact that alcohol affects sleep patterns and the quality of sleep, which also doesn’t do skin any favours.
Recognising that you don’t want to look like Rudolf – it’s important to have a skin conditioning strategy for the silly season. Probably nothing you haven’t heard before – but it deserves repeating. Karen Bester, Lamelle product specialist, shares her expert opinion on how to pick your skin up after a big night out.
Increase Your Water Intake:
During and following a big night out, drink lots of water to restore all of your fluids. Alcohol is a diuretic and leads to dehydration. You would also do well to limit your intake of salt which will add to your dehydration and in some cases can lead to swelling. This might mean rethinking your hangover food.
Keep Up your Cleansing:
This is probably one of the most important things you can do for your skin. It’s a big ask after a long night out but make every effort to remove your festive makeup before you go to sleep. Leaving eye makeup on your skin might cause it to darken as the deeper pigments can penetrate your skin. This is especially true when you make a habit of it. The other challenge is base left on over a long period of time will cake, block your pores and cause breakouts. If you do fall asleep with your make up on, make sure you do a proper job of cleansing your skin the next morning. You could even do an exfoliation to help your skin recover from being mistreated.
Serra Cleansing Gel (R205) will hydrate while cleansing.
Increase Anti-Oxidant Applications:
Consider loading your skin with anti-oxidants at this time of year. The anti-oxidant action will fight the free radicals that your skin has been exposed to – particularly if you spend time in smoky environments or take the odd puff yourself. Your skin as the biggest organ will absorb an overload of free radicals so to fight the free radicals and the damage they cause you should up the anti-oxidantcontent of your products.
Nourish Lite (R470) contains potent anti-oxidants and DNA correction enzymes that will fix DNA damage.
Cocktails of Vit C & Liver Detox Supplements:
It may not be winter but when you’re partying hard – you need to drink cocktails of Vit. C mixed with a good liver detox. The challenge is that when taken orally there is actually a miniscule amount of anti-oxidants that will reach your skin. The best and fastest way to get it to your skin is to apply it in your moisturiser or with a serum.
Correctives Recharge CE (R720) contains active Vitamin C – the most needed anti-oxidant in skin and critical to produce collagen.
When it’s a Pool Party:
When your yearend function starts in the afternoon – make sure you apply sunscreen on your face and body. If you forget to reapply you will need damage control to calm and cool your skin and quench the active free radicals in your skin. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes as you generally can’t put sunscreen close to your eyes as the ingredients could sensitise the skin.
Nourish Rescue Repair Gel (R405) is a cooling gel that contains the super anti-oxidant Pygnogenol, which is great for stopping free radicals action in skin.
Extra Eye Care:
Give your eyes extra TLC over the festive season by keeping the skin around your eyes well hydrated; plump it and restore the lipid balance and in so doing smooth out even the tiniest lines and imperfections that come with hard partying.
Nourish Revitalise Eye (R570) will give eyes the care they need.
For further information on the science of skin care visit www.lamelle.co.za.