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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Give Your Face A Glow (Without Make-up)

Want your face to look more radiant? It’s possible to give yourself a glow without having to reach for the cosmetics. Here are just a few ways that you can brighten up your appearance.

 

Exfoliate your skin

Dry skin will give you a more dulled and tired look. Take the time every day to moisturize your face to keep it looking smooth and glossy. Not only will it make you look fresher, but it will also prevent aging to your skin, fighting off those wrinkles. Washing your face regularly with a good cleanser can also prevent spots and blackheads from appearing. For those that are more susceptible to zits, try using natural products such as tea tree and witch hazel to clear out those pores.

 

Eat the right foods

Various foods can be very healthy for your skin. Many Mediterranean foods such as olive oil, tomatoes and fish are great for fighting sun damage and providing enriching anti-oxidants into your skin, keeping those cheeks rosy. Cutting out the carbs can also lower levels of cortisol – a stress hormone that can make skin more tired and spotty. Such carb heavy foods include white bread, pasta and refined sugar. Drinking lots of water will also keep your skin hydrated and smooth.

 

Get your beauty sleep

No-one wants black circles around their eyes. Too little sleep will not just give you bags though – it can increase sensitivity to skin allergies, speed up aging and take away collagen from the skin – the chemical that is essential for giving it that glow. If you want to keep your skin healthy, make sure that you’re getting enough sleep each night and power nap when this isn’t an option.

 

Bring a shine to your smile

Pearly white teeth will immediately give your face a glow. There are many ways to whiten those. Brushing more regularly and more vigorously is the obvious answer. Finding the best toothpaste for whitening may help to speed up the process. You should also try to limit foods that may be staining your teeth such as coffee, tea and red wine, as well as limiting your sugar intake (particularly fizzy drinks). Smoking is also bad for your smile – the tar will increase the rate of yellowing. Brush more often, chew gum and use whitening products to counter the effects of these tooth staining culprits.

 

Give your hair a sheen

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Shiny hair can also help frame your face better and bring out the glow in your cheeks. There are various products and serums that you can use to add shine to your hair. If you’re using these, make sure that you’re not washing those locks too regularly. Over-washing gets rid of natural oils which stop your scalp from drying out, causing dull and brittle hair. How you dry your hair can also affect its natural sheen. Don’t always reach for the hairdryer as this could be damaging your hair. Try using a microfiber towel or t-shirt and dab gently. By far the healthiest way to dry your hair is to let it air dry naturally – something you may not be able to do on weekday mornings before work, but could be worth trying out over the weekend when you don’t have anywhere to be.


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