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6 Tips to Drink Your Way to Better Skin This Season

The days may be getting shorter but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your favorite outdoor drinking spot just yet. Just remember that it’s just as important to protect your skin in the fall as it is in the summer. Of course, nothing beats slathering on sunscreen for better skin, but making conscious choices about what you drink – and when – can have a big impact on your overall skin health.

6 Tips To Drink Your Way To Better Skin

We know – probably from firsthand experience that we’d like to forget – that adult beverages can be rather dehydrating even as the temperature gets cooler. But the damage may go beyond a rough hangover.  Repetitive dehydration cycles can cause wrinkles and collagen loss making us look older faster.

6 Tips To Drink Your Way To Better Skin

Skincare and scent expert Lynette Lovelace is not about that life.  She is consistently advising -not ready to let go of the sun – sippers to “pour the Pinot Noir, and of course, grab a bottle of water!” As the founder of  Lifetherapy, a company built of scent therapy, Lovelace knows the importance of striking the right balance between indulgence and self-care — whether you’re selecting a mood boosting body scrub or spirit.  She recommends “staying away from the caffeinated drinks, sugary mixers and anything with salt” which can cause skin to produce excess oil, under-eye bags and bloating.

6 Tips To Drink Your Way To Better Skin

It is also wise to alternate between drinking an eight-ounce glass of water for every wine, beer or cocktail consumed to make sure you’re not stripping too much water from your body. Basically, you should order – and finish – a round of waters with every round of drinks to keep everything soft and supple. 

Don’t forget that even fully hydrated, some of the best-spiked drinks are still strong enough to make you lose track of how long you’ve been in the sun. A tried and true lounging tip to protect your skin in these moments is to set your phone timer for two-hour intervals and reapply sunscreen each time it goes off. It’s a simple way to avoid a sunburn and long-term damage to your skin.

Dr. Rosemary Ingleton, a board-certified NYC dermatologist and sought-after skincare expert also advises ditching that Margarita if you’re going to lay out in the sun. “Lime juice can sensitize the skin to the sun and cause skin discoloration.” She suggests you bask with her seasonal drink of choice, a glass of rosé instead.

However, the good doctor cautions people with rosacea to “avoid red wine, rosé or any other hard liquors.” The redness causing and acne-like skin disorder affects more than 16 million Americans and can be exacerbated by these alcohols. White wine is a safer fun in the sun drink choice if you are affected.

Regardless of your skin condition, reducing the frequency of your drinks will have a positive impact on your skin and overall body health. When it comes drinking and protecting your skin, it goes without saying that smarter choices overtime will lead to you looking and feeling good, a heck of a lot longer.    

That’s not to say that you should swear off your favorite spirit – the sun filled days will be gone before we know it, after all. Just know a great drink once in a while is always better than a few OK ones every night. Be choosy. Your skin will thank you in the long run.      


Best Beauty: A Oldie But Goodie Cleanser For Gals on The Go

Thank you Dove for partnering with me on this post. Visit your local retailer to pick up the Dove White Beauty Bar today!

I’ve been rocking with Dove since I was a little girl. I even remember the old commercials that showed the cleaning cream water falling into the pool of cream below.

Dove was my great-grandmother’s cleanser of choice and the scent still reminds me of her. She wasn’t the type to spend money willy-nilly, so for it to be one of the few beauty products that she used is saying a lot (trust me).

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As much as I love trying new beauty products, the Dove White Beauty Bar has remained a tried-and-true staple in my bathroom. I’m all about keeping my morning beauty routine simple, so the fact that it is gentle enough to use on my face and body is amazing. It’s much milder than soap and contains ¼ moisturizing cream, so my skin feels soft and radiant after use. Also, it happens to be hypoallergenic and the #1 dermatologist recommended bar and I don’t have to worry about irritation.

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I wash my face twice a day and I like that the Dove White Beauty Bar helps maintain my skin’s tone and brightness over time. And when I do my san-makeup days I don’t have to worry about my skin’s appearance or texture. My supple skin and smiling face looks great even on harsh cold winter days.

Many people spend a ton on face cleansing products, but don’t realize that a staple cleanser like Dove White Beauty Bar combine with proper washing technique is all you need. To keep your skin looking radiant in two minutes or less, follow the steps below:

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First, splash your face with warm water. Then lather the palms of your hands with the beauty bar and then apply to your complete face and neck using a circular motion. I try to do this step for at least a minute so the cleanser can penetrate my skin and neck. Then rinse with warm water and pat dry- not rub- with a clean, dry towel. I always apply a moisturizer with SPF immediately after I dry my skin.

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The Dove White Beauty Bar can be snagged at your local drugstore or supermarket and retails for around $3.79 for two bars.

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

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