I don't know about you, but my skin takes a beating when I spend a night out. Many of you are probably well aware of the damage drinking alcohol does to your skin. Sure, it's hard to pass up a Woo Woo cocktail when you're out on the town. But, that one drink can leave your skin dehydrated and ready to crack. Imagine what several cocktails do!

The same effects are seen from cigarette smoke as well. Even if you are not a smoker, being in a bar where you skin takes it in second hand can do damage to your pores and even quicken wrinkle visibility.

The lack of sleep during our long nights out also play a big role in damaging our skin as well, especially our eyes. "And I think we all know, there are certain dark circles even the cleverest make-up can't cover.," (says Samantha Jones from Sex and the City).

There is hope my Bourbon Street Brats and Uptown socialites! You can still go hard all night and retain your beautiful skin. All you need to do is exfoliate regularly and moisturize daily.

Exfoliating is important because it gets rid of dead skin cells and loose dirt. Try to do it twice a week. Apricot scrubs are great but can be too harsh on some skin types. If you are looking for an alternative, try enzyme masks and scrubs. They are very soft on your skin and work just as well as the manual scrubs. Also, if you break out a lot or suffer from severe acne, try to stay away from scrubs and exfoliate chemically with fresh grapefruit or lemon juice.

[Freeman's enzyme mask; available at CVS online, $3]

Moisturizing daily is a must after a night out. But, if you are afraid of clogging your pores try toning before you moisturize to shrink and tighten facial pores, and make sure your moisturizer is made specifically for your face. If you are willing to spend the money, Clinique's Pore Perfection is the best. And, I love the Breath of Fresh Air toner from Lush Cosmetics, but I have also used simple toners from CVS like L'Oreal's Hydra Fresh toner. As long as you make sure the toner is alcohol free you should be fine.
[L'Oreal's Hydra Fresh Toner; available at most drugstores, $5]

Estee Lauder's Re-Nutriv eye cream will do wonders on your dark circles, but at a very high cost. 100 bucks! You can honestly get close to the same results from a simple daily facial moisturizer. I've had awesome results from many of Aveeno's moisturizers, like Positively Smooth. You can even try applying slices of cucumber. Cliche, maybe. But, hey, it works.
[Aveeno's Positively Smooth moisturizer; Available at most drugstores, $13]

So, go ahead... Have that extra cocktail. But, don't forget your new beauty tips. Your skin will certainly thank you.