How Alcohol Is Bad For Your Skin

It’s the holiday season! As you partake in parties, family gatherings and catch-ups with friends, a usual suspect turns up regularly during these events – alcohol. But as much as you want to indulge during this festive season, be warned that drinking too much will have a negative impact on your skin.

Woman drinking a glass of red wine

 

How it affects your skin:

Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it increases urine production, accelerating the removal of water and salt from the body. This hastens the dehydration of skin, leaving your skin dull and in need of moisturising. Dry skin is more likely to lead to breakouts and deeper fine lines and wrinkles, which you don’t want in pictures during the holiday season!

While alcohol alone doesn’t directly cause acne, it can be a trigger for rosacea and worsen acne conditions. The high sugar content in liquors also causes the body’s insulin levels to rise, increasing skin oil production and increases the chances of inflammation and acne breakouts. This can result in puffy under eye bags, red irritated skin or a pasty complexion.

It’s not just women that have to worry about the effects of alcohol on their skin, a study showed that alcohol affects men as well by increasing their testosterone levels. The overproduction of testosterone may lead to excessive sebum production, making your skin oilier and resulting in a higher risk of breakouts.

How you can combat alcohol this festive season:

  1. Moisturise every day and night. Products containing hyaluronic acid have the ability to retain moisture in the skin, holding over 1000 times its weight in water. It’s also packed with antioxidants, to keep the skin looking healthy and bright. 

  2. Choose your alcohol wisely. Different types of alcohol take different lengths of time to get out of your system, thus affecting your skin in different ways. As a rule of thumb, the body removes clearer liquors such as vodka and gin faster, though you should still drink these in moderation.
  3. Moderate your drinking. Alcohol content varies across all the types of liquor. The following three types of alcohol have roughly the same alcohol content:
    • 100ml of wine
    • a can (330ml) of regular beer
    • 30ml of spirit
  4. Minimise the effects of alcohol with a soothing overnight mask. Leave on overnight for some extra hydration for your skin. Keeping your skin moisturised has anti-aging benefits, preventing the development of wrinkles and fine lines.
  5. Drink lots and lots of water! A general rule to follow is to alternate a glass of water for with a serving of alcohol, and you can add lemons or cucumbers to help flush out toxins and aid the liver’s detoxification process.

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