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Detox From A Winter Skin Hangover

By Amy Bailey — June 30, 2014

It’s here—January. How you yearn to turn back the hands of time and erase this year’s holiday over indulgences. How can you recover from your holiday hangover? Don’t fall back into bad holiday habits. When it comes to appearance it’s not just about keeping off the pounds, certain holiday drinks can affect your skin. Board certified dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt provides the top beverages to avoid that can do more harm than good to your skin this winter.

Hot Chocolate

The comforting taste of hot chocolate is perfect for this year’s harsh winter weather. But—it is not so perfect for your skin, especially for chocolate sensitive patients with acne or rosacea. Containing dairy and sugar, heat and chocolate, can be trouble for the skin.  There are ways to customize your hot chocolate and make it more skin-friendly.

Recommendation: Instead of whole milk, use nonfat milk to make your hot chocolate. Settle for a mix low in sugar, and don’t drink it scalding hot, settle for warm chocolate instead!

Apple Cider

Nothing screams fall like apple cider. Though apple cider contains nutritional benefits, it contains a lot of sugar. Drinks that are high in sugar are a big no-no when it comes to youthful skin. Sugars have a glycemic effect, and can cause break outs in sugar sensitive patients.

Recommendation: Try organic unsweetened apple cider to avoid high sugar intake.

Alcoholic Beverages

With the recent holidays and celebrating the New Year, you may have gotten into the habit of a drink with dinner. But ringing in the New Year with an alcoholic beverage at hand can result in dehydrated skin. And with various sodas as mixers to compliment your favorite alcoholic drink, throwing caffeine and sugar in the mix does more harm to the skin. And—don’t be fooled by sugar-free drinks. Some sugar-free sodas contain sodium which causes puffiness of the skin.

Recommendation: It is better to steer clear of alcoholic beverage. But if you must, clear alcoholic beverages affect the skin less than caffeinated or highly sugary drinks.  And make sure to rehydrate your body by drinking lots of water.


Caffeine-laden drinks like coffee cause a dehydrating effect on your body and therefore your skin. This can cause wrinkles to appear deeper, and can cause rosacea breakouts in some patients.

Recommendation: Try decaf coffee and steer clear of sugar and cream. Use nonfat milk instead of whole milk, and don’t drink it scalding hot.