Party Skin: Lifestyle Related Problem

October 26th, 2011

Late nights, alcohol-fueled evenings and exposure to smoke can lead to sluggish, sallow skin.


Anyone’s who’s ever had a hangover knows that alcohol dehydrates the body, skin included. Alcohol also depletes the body of vitamin A, which helps skin-cell turnover by maintaining collagen production. It also makes the skin more prone to redness and may even trigger psoriasis.

Lack Of Sleep

Ever wonder why you get dark under-eye circles when you don’t get enough sleep? Fatigue makes blood flow beneath the skin more visible, which is most apparent under the eyes.

An article in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that stress from lack of sleep can lead to skin issues.


Smoking constrict the blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the skin. Nicotine may also increase production of the enzyme that breaks down collagen, accelerating the formation of wrinkles.

When collagen breakdown is coupled with repetitive lip pursing and the squinting associated with shielding the eyes from smoke, fine lines and wrinkles become even more apparent.

Smokers in their 40s often have skin as wrinkled as non-smokers in their 60s, and smokers are twice as likely to develop skin cancer.

Party Skin Symptoms

Dehydrated, dull skin; fine lines and wrinkles; acne; ruddiness or broken blood vessels.

The Solutions

Lifestyle changes are necessary if you are to maintain healthy and glowing skin.

Increase oral antioxidants, vitamins, drink more water, rest before you party, and catch up on sleep whenever you get a chance.

Skin Care Solutions

Opt for skin care products that contain antioxidants as well as those that speed cell turnover, like Galactoarabinan, in order to repair skin damage faster.

You will also want ingredients in your skin care that nourish, like chlorophyll, to keep your skin youthful and glowing.

In addition you will want to do a periodic detoxing mask as this will also help to maintain a clear complexion.

All of my skin care products contain one or more of these ingredients for clean, clear and glowing skin.