When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, balance is key. But we’re only human, right? Sometimes you overdo it, whether it’s finishing the bottle of sake or the family-sized portion of potato chips by yourself.
Overindulging not only makes you feel like crap, but it also makes you look lousy.
Here’s what too many cocktails, sweets, or salty snacks really does to your skin—and how you can combat it.
Alcohol is a diuretic. That’s why you keep running to the bathroom during a long night of drinking, and why your face might feel like a dried up cactus in the morning.
David Colbert, M.D, founder and head physician of New York Dermatology Group, says the best way to get your skin back to normal is with good ‘ole H2O.
Before going to bed, drink 3 to 4 glasses of water, he says adding some lemon to the water can also help soothe your stomach.
(Water is also the best way to prevent a hangover, but only if you time it correctly. Learn more: 8 Best Cures For A Hangover.)
Use a hydrating moisturiser to keep your skin from feeling parched, too. We suggest starting with a lightweight oil, like Origins Make A Difference Night.
Nobody sits down to a sodium-packed meal and thinks, “This is definitely going to end well.”
You feel thirsty and bloated—and so does your skin. Too much salt causes water retention, which creates those puffy circles under the eyes, says Dr. Colbert.
To fight them, we like Kiehl’s Facial Fuel “Heavy Lifting” Eye Repair. It uses a lightweight cream that is easy on the skin. Use it during the day and at night.
Your skin pays the price for your constant sweet tooth. A sugar-heavy diet harm the collagen and elastin in your skin, says Dr. Colbert. This damage is called ‘glycation,’ which causes premature aging.
To battle wrinkles, we recommend using a serum like the 4VOO Super-Restoring Night Formula, which helps promote new cell growth. Fresh cells help keep your skin clear of wrinkles and sagginess.
What to do Next Time
Healthy skin really stems from a healthy diet, so increase your antioxidant intake to promote good skin.
Think: berries, acai, tomatoes, spinach, and Brussels sprouts.
If you know you’re going to indulge, Dr. Colbert recommends increasing your fiber consumption beforehand, which helps control blood sugar and eliminates toxins that might increase the wear and tear on your skin.
Above all else: Get a good night’s sleep and stay hydrated. Both help stabilise your natural hormones and reverse the effects of overindulgence on your skin better than any other solution.
By: Christine Flammia; illustration: Thinkstock