Effects of alcohol to your skin
Over time we’ve watched our skin closely and developed it to the ver best and also went to the extent of spending ridiculous amounts of money and time in pursuit of the perfect skin. We’re like pedantic drill sergeants when it comes to removing makeup before we go to bed and applying day and night creams, toners, serums and eye creams. But somehow we’re just not there yet. The answer to our problem might be staring us in the face.
There are various tonnes of naughty effects alcohol could have on your skin, it’s not all gloom and doom. It might be about cutting back or just switching to a less harmful alternative.
Check out what alcohol does to your skin below:
You would notice that, heavy drinkers often seem older than they are. You ask yourself why??..
Alcohol dehydrates you, and this is the reason whye you’re so thirsty for water after a night of heavy drinking. And this dehydration wreaks havoc on your skin, making appear dry and less fresh the next morning. Dry skin is much more likely to wrinkle.
While drinking alcohol also, your liver will definitly get damaged because alcohol is a hepatotoxin. And this effect on skin?
You ask yourself, what does someone look like who is dying of liver faliure? simply check out heavy drinkiers. They’re sallow, they’re pasty, they’re cold, their pores are huge,” Dr David Colbert, founder of New York Dermatology Group told the Huffington Post.
Alcohol steals away the nuterient thta aids cell renewal and turnover which is vitamin A, meaning your skin can start looking grey and dull. “If you look at a woman who has been drinking for 20 or 30 years, and a woman the same age who hasn’t at all, we see a massive difference in the skin—more wrinkles from that dehydration damage, which can make you look 10 years older,” nutritionist Jairo Rodriguez says in Vogue.
Best and worst drinks for your skin
Dark shots (gin, tequila, vodka) vs Clear shots (rum, whiskey tequila)
verieties of alcohols have different effects on the skin, but as a general rule, the clearer, the better: Vodka, gin, and tequila gets out of your system quicker,” Rodriguez says.
Taking these drinks are the best way of avoiding sugar, salt, caffeine and other harmful ingredients (more on that later).
keeping one or two drinks of clear shots all evening is fine but some people who drink shots might end up drinking more alcohol than intended and more alcohol is always the worst option for your skin.
Dark shots generally contains a partiuclar substance called Congeners which is also known as impurities which are used in the fermentaion process and which may worsen your hangover. Even though the connection hasn’t been formally proven, the excess impurities of the congeners may age skin, the Huffington Post says.
white wine and other sweet drinks
The reputation of sugar in many indurstries has been bastardized and when it caomes to alcohol it’s no different. Sugar anywhere in the diet, along with other excessive carbs, leads to systemic inflammation, which contributes ultimately to cell damage and increased skin aging,” Dr Jessica Krant Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center confirms, saying – The less sugar you take in with your alcohol, the better for your long-term wrinkle risk.”
Unfortunately, this goes for white wine too, which contains a lot of sugar.
Margaritas and other tequila-based drinks have the extra problem of containing salt as well as sugar. “The intake of any salt, no matter the source, does contribute to bloating,” Dr. Krant explains. “This is temporary, but no one likes to feel and look puffy on top of a hangover.”
Beer isn’t dangerously high in sodium levels like other drinks and it contains salt. It also has some other liberating qualities, it has less alcohol than straight liquor if you look at it from a millilitre to millilitre basis. It also contains some anti-aging benefits and antioxidants. Look out for calories in beer, though. No point in avoiding the skin problem, but replacing it with a weight gain problem.
Red wine contains more antioxidants than white, it also comes out as the unexpected winner in a health test. which may help counteract some aging processes, Dr. Krant stated that
“I would say the best single drink to have to support skin health and minimize aging risks is a glass of red wine.”
Although when your skin issues are as worse as having rosacea (a facial skin condition characterised by redness and spots) red wine can be toxic, experts are also quick to add that any alcohol in excess is bad for your skin.