Is Alcohol Ruining Your Perfect Skin?

January 31, 2015
Is Alcohol Ruining Your Perfect Skin?

Who doesn’t enjoy the occasional cocktail after a stressful day at work?

Sometimes going overboard or even binging on a night out can leave your mind, body, and even skin looking less than perfect. But how does alcohol really damage your skin from the inside out?

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It is a well-known fact that alcohol dehydrates the entire body at a super-fast rate. As the biggest organ, your skin ultimately takes it the hardest; dry patches appear, the occasional breakout, and even chronic skin conditions such as rosacea can feel much worse.

Why is alcohol so dehydrating?

A few too many glasses of wine already adds pressure on the kidneys, which then work extra hard to remove all the excess water from your entire system. A normal production of vasopressin (which helps to retain water and constrict blood vessels), is then hindered, and makes the kidneys feel overworked. If you are planning a big night out, keep refilling that glass of water to keep your entire body hydrated until you get home.

How does it damage my skin?

Too much alcohol can damage the supply of Vitamin A found in the body, which ultimately makes skin look older, and it worse condition than it actually appears to be. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble source which helps to renew cells, and is found in a number of intensive skin and eye creams.

A lack of vitamins and minerals whilst drinking can have catastrophic results for your skin: it can lead to dry patches, eczema, itchiness, acne, and even more prominent lines and wrinkles. Sports drinks are packed electrolytes which help to quickly re-fuel the body, and reload moisture into dehydrated tissues.

Can alcohol make existing conditions worse?

Absolutely. Think of it like this; applying perfume on cracked, dry skin won’t make it better, it can only make situation so much worse. This is generally the same rule regarding alcohol. If you already suffer from split ends, brittle nails, and generally poor health, it can only heighten all of these symptoms, and make your entire body feel completely fatigued. Not to mention the proven link between alcohol and rosacea which can also lead to permanent disfigurement in the future.

Before you pick up that extra glass of wine, think about the consequences it can have on your body and mind.

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