Booze and your Skin!
It's only November but the Holiday decorations are slowly but surely going up. It's that time where we start to get into the Holiday spirit!
But you know what happens to your skin when you drink alcohol? Or, more precisely too much alcohol?
I'm not trying to be a party pooper (I promise!) but below I've listed the ways alcohol can negatively affect your skin, BUT I've also listed a few ways you can help your skin recover from one too many nights dancing on the table at 2am, bottle of rum in hand.
Alcohol & Skin:
Alcohol is a diuretic, which meaning a substance that increases your frequency to urinate, leaving your body more dehydrated (a bit like coffee), which in turn causes your skin to look and feel dryer and make fine lines appear more noticeable.
2. Inflammation & Bloating
Alcohol consumption causes which can worsen conditions like acne. The inflammation also causes a histamine response (it causes blood vessels to dilate), which causes the flushed redness that comes with drinking. Excessive drinking over a period of time will eventually lead to permanent redness. This inflammation is also what leaves us looking puffy or bloated the next day.
3. Exacerbates Spots & Acne
Pores in the skin are dilated when we consume alcohol leading to more dirt and bacteria building up, causing blackheads, whiteheads and eventually cystic acne.
4. Premature Ageing
We all know that getting a good night's sleep is vital for the health of our skin. Alcohol disrupts our sleep patterns, which has a secondary effect on our skin: our skin's ability to repair and regenerate overnight is impaired leaving dull, dry and tired skin.
5. Hormone Disruption
Many drinks are full of sugar which can elevate insulin levels causing a negative effect on the thyroid and your hormones which we all know plays an important factor on skin health.
6. Gut Disturbances
Alcohol can kill off and threaten the healthy gut bacteria and microbiome in our gut. More and more research has shed light on how our gut health can affect our immune system and response. Having your gut flora & fauna off balance can cause an inflammatory response of your immune system and can make conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and more, worse.
Keep to your skincare routine no matter how tired or drunk you are. Be sure not to sleep with your make up on! It can block pores leading to spots. Be sure to cleanse your skin so it can breathe and regenerate over night.
Alcohol is a toxin so using products with antioxidants in will help fight free radicals. These include green/ white tea, Vit C and Vit A. My Supernatural Oil contains organic white tea which has the highest level of antioxidants found in tea, plus Vit C derived from goji berry.
Slather on your oils and moisturizer every few hours! Be sure drink warm or room temperature water with lemon or lime to help your overworked liver.
During the party or night out alternate between water and an alcoholic drink to give your skin a head start.
Best and Worst Drinks
The general rule is the less sugar the less harmful! However the jury is out on red wine. Wine in general does have more sugar but red wine also contains antioxidants such as polyphenols and resveratrol, which have been proved to be beneficial to the body and skin when drunk in moderation.
Better: vodka, tequila - liquors with less sugar, drunk slowly straight up or mixed with a low sodium tonic water.
Beer - usually drunk slower than mixed drinks which gives your body and skin a break between pints.
Rums & Whiskies - usually mixed into sweet drinks such as rum & coke, but better to drink straight without the mixers.
White wine - usually packed full of sugar!
Sweet cocktails like mojitos, margaritas, espresso martinis etc - packed full of sugar which does nothing for the skin or the hangover!
The bottom line here is not to feel bad about drinking too much. We all like to let our hair down but I hope I've armed you with some extra information to make some informed choices for your next night out, especially if you are on a skin health journey!
Thanks for reading! Anne x