What Does Drinking Alcohol Really Do To Your Skin?

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At South Beach Skin Lab, we’re always looking for ways to adjust our lifestyle to provide the most optimal results for our anti-aging journey. Today, we wanted to tackle something that can really hurt your skin if not consumed in moderation…Alcohol.

From margaritas to Miller Light, and everything in between, here is how too much alcohol can disrupt your skin and cause you to age quicker.

It Dehydrates Skin

alcohol, lifestyle, skin care, anti-agingAlcohol doesn’t just dehydrate your body, it dehydrates your skin too. It’s a natural diuretic that forces the water out of our bodies and makes it harder for us to get hydrated again.

To avoid this, limit your alcohol consumption and make sure you’re having a glass of water between cocktails, beer or wine.

You should also be making sure that you’re never skipping your Repair & Release Cream, especially the morning after drinking. This will limit the amount of dehydration you feel in both your body and skin and help keep you looking your best.

It Causes Puffiness

lifestyle choices, skin care, anti-aging, alcoholHave you ever woken up after a night of drinking to a puffy face? That’s because consuming alcohol causes inflammation all over your body and your face is no exception.

To reduce puffiness, limit your alcohol consumption and make sure you’re well hydrated before reaching for your first beverage. If you find that you’ve got inflammation from alcohol, use cold water to wash your face with your Olive Oil Cleanser. It will help de-puff your face and have you looking fresh as a daisy.

Skin Issues Can Flare Up

acne, skin conditions, alcohol, skin care, anti-aging, lifestyle changesAlmost 90% of Americans suffer from some form of skin issue and if you’re one of them,  then you’ll want to steer clear of alcohol to avoid any more trouble.

When you drink alcohol, existing conditions like rosacea and eczema can flare up. What makes matters worse is alcohol can cause new skin issues you’ve never experience before.

Excess alcohol alters blood flow to the skin and leaves an unhealthy appearance that can last for days or even weeks. It also causes small blood vessels in the skin to widen, allowing more blood to flow close to the surface. This can lead to broken capillaries on the face which will make your skin tone look uneven and leaves your face looking older.

 

Three Quick And Easy Ways To De-Stress Yourself

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We know stress hurts our bodies and skin but what are some easy ways we can fight it? It’s not always as easy as it sounds, but experts have proven that taking these small steps can help.

The ability to de-stress can not only have benefits to your skin (goodbye wrinkles!) but also amazing effects for your body and mind too. Here are some of the easiest ways you can take a break at home and start your day stress-free!

Start A Relaxing Hobby

anti-aging tips, relax, anti-stress, coloringHobbies are something that you can take time to do for yourself. There are no deadlines, no rules and certainly no rush. If you’re lacking inspiration, you can browse Pinterest for ideas but we suggest activities like calligraphy or coloring to help your mind relax.

Not sure you have the skills? That’s ok, there are tons of resources available to help you master or even just learn a relaxing new hobby. We find YouTube has some great tutorials for getting started, or go abstract and let your creativity flow!

Do A Quick Tidy

tidy up, quick clean, de-stress, Ok, we know cleaning your entire house doesn’t exactly sound like it’s going to make you less stressed, but just tidying up one space of your house can be extremely relaxing. It helps you stay focused and allows for a clean living space where your brain can feel relaxed and clutter free.

Fold up your throw blankets or fluff up your pillows. You can also focus on countertops and desktops which can be messy and cluttered causing you extra stress and you should try to keep surfaces clear of books, computers or junk. When your world is uncluttered, your brain can be too!

Have A Glass Of OJ!

orange juice, oj, vitamin c, skin care tips, oranges for skinDid you know that the vitamin C in orange juice can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and help reduce your blood pressure?! This tasty drink is perfect for mornings you wake up stressed and can be mixed with other fruit juices too!

Don’t want the added sugar that comes with drinking juice? Opting for orange slices is just as effective and has the same relaxing effect! You can also find similar benefits from grapefruit juice and strawberry juice which also help lover your bodies stress hormones.

What tricks do you use to relax and de-stress? Share them with us in the comments below!

These Are The Foods To Start Eating in 2019 For Your Best Year of Skin Ever!

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We truly believe that no matter what time of year it is, there is always an opportunity for self-improvement and better habits. It should come as no surprise that for most people, the start of a new year is the most popular time to make changes to their diet, routines or life.

With 2019 in full swing, we wanted to chat about what you’re putting into your body and how it will affect your skin for the next 12 months.

When you combine effective and powerful skincare products with a healthy and skin-focused diet, you can expect to be blown away by the results you notice! Here are a few of our top suggestions to help your skin glow from the inside out.

Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds, skin foodThese tasty seeds are a high source of antioxidants, magnesium, zinc and fatty acids which don’t just keep your body healthy, they make your skin shines too! They’re super easy to cook with and include in your diet and can be used for everything from homemade soups to salad ingredients.

The omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 in pumpkin seeds will reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy and strong. The high levels of zinc protect your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal which leads to younger and healthier skin.

Avocados

avocados, skincare foodsEver look in the mirror and wonder why your skin looks dry, flaky and dull? Chances are it’s because it’s having a difficult time retaining moisture. Avocados have a very high source of Vitamin E, which is actually a nutrient that helps your skin and body retain moisture giving it a dewy glow.

Vitamin E from avocados is also a really powerful antioxidant which helps your skin deal with free radical damage that can be caused by sun exposure, pollution or other harmful factors of the environment. It doesn’t hurt either that they are super delicious and can be prepared in so many different ways!

Chocolate

dark chocolate, skincare foodsEat more chocolate? No need to twist my arm! Who would have thought that such a tasty treat could actually be good for you!? You’ve probably heard the opposite of this before, like chocolate causes breakouts, but the key to mention is that not all chocolate will help your skin glow, but dark chocolate absolutely will!

Dark Chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which soften any rough skin and protect against sun damage by increasing resistance to UV rays. This will decrease wrinkles, dark spots and free radical damage over time so while you’re slathering on your SPF for the day, a few bites of dark chocolate will not only taste great but help your skin big time!