Alcohol Can Impact Your SKIN'S HEALTH
We all want to have a lovely, flawless skin but achieving that look does take work and even some sacrifices.
And one of those sacrifices could be giving up or cutting back on alcohol.
There are lots of side effects for your skin from alcohol including dullness, discolouration and sagging to enlarged pores, dehydration, blotches, redness and puffiness.
How does the habit of drinking alcohol regularly impact on the health of our skin?
1. Top of the list of problems is dehydration which removes all the fluid from the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles up to ten years earlier than they would otherwise appear. Alcohol affects any mucus membrane - from the pancreas and liver to the skin.
2. Inflammation is another problem. If you start to notice that your skin is looking redder, this is because alcohol inflames the tissue of the skin and increases the blood flow to your skin cells, leading to an histamine reaction. That reaction results in redness, the flushing of the skin with an appearance that can look inflamed and unhealthy for some days. Regular drinking - that is just two drinks a day - over a period of time will lead to prominent facial redness.
How can you reverse the harm caused to your skin by alcohol?
- Make the effort to cut down or cut out on alcohol - and it is not too late because the skin, just as with any other organ, has the ability to regenerate and rehydrate to a certain degree.
- If you do continue to drink less, then it is good to be aware that different alcohols have varying effects on the skin. The general rule is that the clearer the drink, the less harm it can cause. Vodka, gin and tequila will leave your system more quickly. Another point to remember is to avoid any vodka that comes with grain in it. Red wine is said to be the most damaging for your skin. This is because it is unfiltered, meaning the liver and kidneys have to work harder to process it and the most likely to flushing, redness, and blotchy skin. If you already suffer from rosacea, then that is building up double trouble. White wine is high in sugar which can lead to swollen skin and bloating. Cocktails are very high in sugar and can lead to inflammation, increasing cell damage and even causing acne outbreaks.
- A further point to remember as you get older is that any alcohol takes much longer to leave your body. For example, at twenty alcohol will leave your body in about three hours. But at forty, it takes an average of thirty three hours. The lower the intake, the less often and the lower the damage to your skin.
- Hydration is super important. If you must have alcohol, you need to counteract the harm by drinking masses of water. Drinking alcohol dehydrates your skin as your kidneys go into overdrive trying to flush out the excess liquids. This means the rest of your organs aren’t getting enough hydration, which will eventually lead to the loosening, sagging and untimely ageing of the skin. Refuel your skin with plenty of water to build your hydration levels back up. Experts recommend drinking a full glass of water for every cocktail or shot drunk.
Regular exercise will improve the blood flow throughout the skin, helping to keep it looking healthy.
Include supplements into your diet. Alcohol can lower vitamin A levels - the vitamin responsible for cell turnover. Taking a daily vitamin A supplement will help to encourage the cell regeneration process. Other supplements that can help restore the balance to your skin include vitamins C, E, B1, B6, B2, B3 and Omega 3.
- And there is even our own Simply Vitamin Skin Oil to provide vitamins from the outside. This one of a kind nutritional blend of oils is perfect for feeding the delicate skin on your face and neck. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and Omega fatty acids, these are all essential for the balance and nourishment of your skin.
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