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……………
speeds up the ageing process.
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.
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.
causes redness & flushing
blood vessels also causes increased blood flow to the skin’s surface, leaving
it looking red and flushed.
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.
makes existing skin problems worst
proven to have a role in the skin disorder, rosacea, it causes redness,
blushing and flushing.
effects of alcohol also exacerbates dry skin conditions such as eczema and
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.
The toxins in
alcohol and its dehydrating effect can also speed up the formation of
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
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.
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.
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
Opt for clear drinks
alcohols like, vodka and gin, have fewer chemicals that can make hangovers
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