Hot Chocolate & Complexion

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The complexion is affected by hot chocolate, tea, coffee and soda because sugar and caffeine dehydrate the skin, which causes the sebaceous glands to produce more oil than necessary. Counter small amounts of hot chocolate by drinking twice as much fresh water with beauty advice from a clinical aesthetician in this free video on skin care.

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Video Transcript

Oh, are you thinking about having a hot, steamy, sweet treat? My name is Keeley Selvage with Keeley Skin Solutions. I've been a clinical aesthetician for over half a decade, and I'm going to talk to you about hot chocolate and your complexion. Does it affect your complexion at all? Actually, yes, it does. Hot chocolate, as well as coffee, tea, soda -- all of those have an effect -- actually, a negative effect -- on your complexion. Why? Well, sugar and caffeine dehydrate the skin, which can also cause wrinkling. But most of all, you're going to have a tired look if your skin is dehydrated. It's going to look sallow, which means almost even a grey-ish tone. It's going to kind of take the color out of your face. And also, it can cause greasy spots. Now, I know that sounds weird because I said dehydrated, and then we're talking about greasy spots, but the reason that is is because when you dehydrate your skin, it sends a little signal to your sebaceous glands or your oil glands to make more oil. So you're creating greasy spots on your skin. Caffeine and sugar also can make you shaky, they can make you irritable, which those things cause stress. Stress has an effect on our skin. A lot of times, we'll see breakouts from it along the jawline, maybe the neck and chest -- that's usually where we break out when we stress out. So does hot chocolate affect your complexion? Yes, it does. So just be balanced when drinking it. If you drink four ounces of hot chocolate or coffee, tea, or soda, balance that out with eight ounces of water, and you should be good to go. My name is Keeley Selvage with Keeley Skin Solutions, and that is all about hot chocolate and your complexion.


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