Too many nights out taking their toll on your skin? Here’s how to knock back spots, dryness and extra wrinkles – fast.
New year, new you – except you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and your skin is starting to resemble a deflated party balloon. ‘Alcohol is the main culprit as it’s a diuretic and suppresses the production of vasopressin, a hormone that helps maintain the water balance in your skin and body,’ says Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic in London.
But the impact on your complexion doesn’t end with just looking dehydrated. ‘Drinking alcohol regularly has the potential to reduce vitamin A in the body, a key nutrient for cell renewal and for giving skin a healthy glow,’ she says. ‘Alcohol also acts as a vasodilator, causing blood vessels to enlarge, and leaves skin flushed and sensitised. Over time, this can lead to permanent thread veins.’ Factor in sugar-induced insulin spikes, plus a liver overloaded with toxins, and you can add oiliness, breakouts and larger-than-life pores to the list. Having just been hit by that bad news, what’s the solution if you want to undo the damage on New Year’s Day?
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One route is a deep-cleansing product that hoovers up impurities; another is drowning skin in replenishing ingredients. Currently, there is also a growing trend for probiotics applied topically to skin that’s silently screaming for the inflammation to be extinguished. ‘Topical versions contain neutralised, not living bacteria, but they can have a calming effect by helping to strengthen the skin’s barrier,’ says Dr Mahto. So, if you want to speed up repair, these are the hero products we consider a lifeline for hungover skin…
Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile De Rose, £153 (Debenhams.com)
Fatigue affects your ‘clock genes’, which encourage skin to nourish itself. Give them a helping hand with this serum containing more than 10,000 pearls filled with omega oils, vitamins and antioxidants.
Glamglow Supercleanse Clearing Cream-To-Foam Cleanser, £26
With a detoxifying trio of coconut charcoal, bamboo and ubame wood, plus AHAs to improve cell renewal, this is the perfect deep cleanse for when your sebaceous glands are having their own party.
Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask, £30 (Houseoffraser.co.uk)
Outsmart breakouts with volcanic clay, which is a literal dirt magnet to draw out grease. Polylactic acid is a bonus, as it buffs away dead cells for gleaming skin. **ByBi Beauty Detox Dust, £22 Spots, listen up: full of charcoal to flush out toxins, this powder mask also boasts antioxidantrich blackcurrant to soothe angry skin. Get bespoke by mixing a teaspoon with antibacterial honey.
Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask, £24 (Fabled.com)
Like fizzing sherbet, this cleansing mask transforms from a pink gel to white debrislifting bubbles. Don’t be fooled by the Instafriendly texture – there’s science in there, too, as an amino sugar ramps up moisture and cell turnover to keep skin looking bright.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate, £59 (Fabled.com)
Like a liquid plaster, this 28-day skin-soothing serum contains half probiotic extracts and half antioxidants, including ferulic acid and vitamin E. It makes rough, red skin feel seriously soft.
Clarins SOS Primer in Green, £26.50
Green sits across the colour wheel from red, so a primer in this hue will instantly calm inflammation. We’re obsessed with this one because it also soothes with organic sea-lily extract. Win-win.
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