Why Alcohol Is Bad For Your Skin

People do not always realize what a bad effect alcohol can have on their skin. You can spend time every day on your skincare routine and then undo all the good work by having a few drinks. It does not matter what alcohol is your favorite vice, they can all make your skin looked tired and lifeless. It can cause outbreaks, and patches of dry skin as well as red blotches.

Alcohol is a toxin that has little nutritional value.  It can disrupt your hormones, damage your skin cells, reduce your immunity levels and affect your liver functions. All of these can have an impact on the appearance and aging of your skin.


The Bad Effects Of Alcohol On Your Skin

Alcohol is a diuretic that will force water from our bodies and will leave you dehydrated. It is also harder to rehydrate after you have consumed a few drinks. The effects of this are dry flaky skin with wrinkles becoming more apparent.

It also has an inflammatory effect on our bodies, which quickly shows up as redness, breakouts, and puffiness. The breakouts can be made worse because of its high sugar content, which is also bad for our insulin levels. Alcohol also contains a lot of salt, which can make your face appear puffy and swollen.

Does Changing Your Drink Help?

Different alcoholic drinks will affect your skin in different ways, but they are all can have a negative effect. An Espresso Martini will stimulate stress hormones, which is not good for your skin. Too much red wine will cause your blood vessels to expand creating redness and too much white wine contains sulfites, which can irritate your skin.

If you are a person that drinks in heavy rotation, your skin is going to suffer, and your body as well. This is why some people go on a sober living program, because they can see the results of too much drinking, but need help to break the habit. There is no shame in that.


How Quickly Does Alcohol Affect Your Skin?

When you get up after an evening of having multiple drinks, your skin will probably appear dull, and any lines will show up more and anyone that suffers from acne or rosacea is likely to experience flare-ups.

The good news is that it takes just three days for your liver to excrete the alcohol, sugars and anything else that is not good for you. This does mean that at times like Christmas, weddings or other special events if you indulge in a few drinks you know that it will not take too long for your body and skin to recover.

You can also help your skin to improve after a drinking spree by adding some vitamin A into your skincare routine. This will encourage your cells to regenerate after you have inhibited them because of consuming alcohol. Drinking at least two liters of water a day will kick start the liver to detoxify, and that will help too.

No one would ever suggest that you must not touch alcohol again, but just be aware of the effects it can have on your skin. You should consume alcohol in moderation as to not but stress on your body and liver.


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7 Ways To Get Ready For Summer

Spring can be full of uncertainties. One minute it is warm and sunny outside and the next it is cloudy, rainy and freezing cold. We are either full of colds and sniffling or coughing our way through our days, and let’s not forget all of the comfort food we tend to consume when the weather isn’t too great outside. But as we are fast approaching the Summer, we can start to see some of the changes in our days. The mornings are getting lighter and the evenings less dark. It got me thinking about some of the other ways we could get ourselves ready for the Summer season.

Who else longs for the heat on their skin and a chance to wear just the one layer of clothing? I am sure I am not alone. But truth be told there should be a fair bit of preparation needed to get ourselves ready for the summer months ahead, both physically and mentally. With that in mind, here are some of the things we could do to get our minds and bodies ready for the warmer weather.

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Maybe we need to think about defuzzing

There are some major positives to Winter because we spend most of our time wrapped up in all of the layers, it means we don’t have to spend too much time on hair removal when it comes to our legs and bodies. But now that Spring is almost over Summer is around the corner, there are more and more opportunities to strip off those layers and start enjoying the finer weather. This means we are going to have to pay some real attention to defuzzing our bodies.

Hair removal can be a bit of a chore, and I understand that. There are also many different options to consider. Shaving can be the easiest and most cost efficient way of removing hair, but it would require you to do it more often. Then there is waxing which can offer a more long term solution, and you can either choose to go to a salon or do it from the comfort of your own home. This is when it may be worth taking a look to find out the best wax for hair removal to ensure you get the best results.

 

Exfoliation time

It’s not just hair removal we need to think about when it comes to our bodies, it will also need a bit of TLC when it comes to the condition. Wrapping up in layers means your skin may have started to dry out a little. Making it feel rough to touch and out of condition. But you can get that glowing skin look once more by adding a simple exfoliation to your routine. Using an exfoliator every time you shower or bathe is a great way to help your skin regenerate new skin cells.

 

Give your feet some love

It’s approaching the season where you may be wanting to wear sandals or flip-flops without the constant rain, but it’s fair to say your feet will have been cooped up in socks and closed toes shoes for the last few months. That might mean your heels are cracking, your skin is dry and your nails are needing a polish and some love. So spend some time giving yourself an at home pedicure and moisturize those feet every night before bed. You won’t believe the difference it will make, and it will have you ready for those summer shoes in no time at all.

 

Time for a detox

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You may have spent most of January on a health kick, but it’s always worth developing habits that you can stick to throughout the year. So it may be the perfect time for you to increase your water intake for the summer ahead. Water is nature's natural detox, and it naturally flushes out your body of all the bad toxins that can build up. There are also some other benefits of drinking more water throughout the day. Things like improved skin tone and condition, improved mood and better quality of sleep at night. It can be a real miracle worker and certainly a habit that will help you throughout the year. After all, with hotter weather approaching you may need to ensure you stay hydrated.

 

Keep that healthy eating diet going

Who says it is just January that you need to be healthy for? Why not try and take some of the diet changes through to the summer? This could be a great way to maintain your weight and feel better in your own skin. Our energy levels and how we look can have much to do with what we eat and what our diets are like. So if you have managed to refrain from alcohol throughout dry January and rainy April, then don’t go crazy at the beginning of July. Why not try and only drink an alcoholic drink at a social event instead of at home? If you have cut out the take out food or junk then why does it need to stop now? Save those items for a treat rather than adding them back into your everyday diet. Small changes can have a huge impact on how you look and feel.

Give yourself that summer glow

Not all of us are fortunate enough to jet off on holiday before summer arrives, but that doesn't mean you can’t get that sun-kissed glow. Applying a bit of self-tan or gradual tanner can give you that healthy glow without the need for hours of sunbathing. It can also really boost your mood as you can tend to look more healthy and ready for the day ahead.

Ditch the black

Now would be the ideal time to add some color back into your wardrobe. While black is an awesome fashionable color, sometimes you can just feel brighter and happier if you add a bit more color to your fashion choices. Even if it’s as simple as wearing a bright colored lipstick. Small changes can make a huge difference and certainly put us in the mood for warmer days.

 

I hope these tips help you get yourself ready for the summer months ahead.


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