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Alcohol and your skin



It’s the time of year to enjoy the festivities of Christmas and New Year, which for many of us inevitability involves over indulging on food and alcohol.

But over doing the it on the booze can affect the way we look tomorrow and it the future……………


Alcohol speeds up the ageing process.

The driving force behind increased skin ageing is dehydration. 

Alcohol has a diuretic effect on the body. It blocks the production of the anti-diuretic hormone vasopressin, which means your kidneys work extra hard to remove water from the body. So the more you drink, the more you wee, the more dehydrated your body gets.

Your skin is the biggest organ in the body. It needs water to remain soft and supple. Dehydration leads to skin dryness. 

It also deprives the collagen matrix in the deeper layers of the skin of water, which leads to the formation of lines and wrinkles.

Alcohol causes bloating

Alcohol causes vasodilation of blood vessels. This means blood vessels can leak fluid into the surrounding tissues, in the particular the skin of the cheeks and eyelids. This can cause that puffy look the morning after.

Alcohol causes redness & flushing

Vasodilation of blood vessels also causes increased blood flow to the skin’s surface, leaving it looking red and flushed.

Regularly drinking large quantities of alcohol can lead to more long lasting problems with redness. The veins can become permanently enlarged which can lead to thread vein formation and a permanently flushed appearance.

Alcohol makes existing skin problems worst

Alcohol is proven to have a role in the skin disorder, rosacea, it causes redness, blushing and flushing.

The dehydrating effects of alcohol also exacerbates dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Alcohol causes red eyes

In the same way alcohol causes blood vessels in the skin to dilate, it has the same effect on the small blood vessels in the eyes.

It leaves your eyes looking red and bloodshot.

Alcohol causes cellulite

The toxins in alcohol and its dehydrating effect can also speed up the formation of cellulite.

Beat the hangover

It’s nice to enjoy a drink, especially at this time of year. The key to drinking safely and sensibly is MODERATION.

Here are some simple tips to balance having fun and responsible drinking (and beat a horrible hangover!)

1. Eat

Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Food slows the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream. It acts like a sponge to stop you getting drunk too quickly.

2. Drink water

Making sure you are well hydrated before you start drinking will help slow the dehydrating effects of the alcohol.

Drinking a glass of water between alcoholic drinks will help balance dehydrating effects whilst you are out. Not only will stop you getting drunk too quickly, it will help reduce the likelihood of a hangover and puffiness the next day.

3. Don’t mix your drinks

Mixing drinks is a recipe for a killer hangover but subjecting your body with a cocktail of different toxins to process which is a nightmare for your liver and kidneys to tackle.

4. Opt for clear drinks

Lighter coloured alcohols like, vodka and gin, have fewer chemicals that can make hangovers worst.

5. Wash your make up off.

After a boozy night the last job is wash your make up off. Taking a few extra moments to do this pays off in the morning when the hangover kicks in.

Don’t forget to moisturise too, this will help the dehydration of your skin and will help reduce puffiness.