Alcohol and its effects on your skin health
Next time you reach for that martini, bellini, or glass of savignon blanc stop and think about how the alcohol will affect the health and look of your skin. If health and beauty are important to you, and I’m certain they are, have a read about some of the biggest cons of consumption.
Con #1 – Alcohol depletes the body of Vitamin A
Vitamin A is an antioxidant that fights off skin damaging free radicals. Without antioxidant protection, free radicals destroy our collagen & elastin fibres (which are responsible for keeping our skin firm and wrinkle-free). Vitamin A also promotes cellular turnover (our skin’s natural exfoliation) pushing the new healthy skin cells up to the surface and shedding off the dull dead ones. Alcohol greatly intensifies the aging process causing your skin to lose its natural thickness and suppleness.
Con # 3 – Alcohol causes dehydration and reduced oxygen & blood circulation
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it causes the body to rapidly lose water. Water is internal moisturizer which is responsible for maintaining the health of all body systems. When we are dehydrated our skin becomes dry, skin irregularities (including lines & wrinkles) become magnified, and skin has an overall unhealthy look with poor tone and texture. Alcohol leads to poor liver function which causes toxins to appear on the skin in the form of blotches, blemishes, and bumps. The skin also takes on a sallow cast.
Con #4 – Alcohol dilates blood vessels
Alcohol causes blood vessels to swell and with repeated swelling they permanently lose their tone and can even burst. Blood vessel dilation looks like a permanent redness or flushing of the skin. Rosacea, psoriasis, and other skin conditions are worsened and the expanded blood vessels cause an all over puffiness to the face.
Con #4 – Alcohol can cause us to neglect our skin
How many times have you come home from a party or a night club and just crashed on your bed without removing your makeup? Our skin detoxifies and repairs itself while we sleep which is why it is crucial to go to bed with clean, makeup-free skin. Also, eye makeup will migrate into the eye causing extra puffiness when we wake up the next morning. Red, puffy eyes are not attractive, period.
Having an occasional drink with friends won’t ruin your looks, but just remember that moderation is always key.
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