Cheers to Clear Skin? Why Alcohol Might Be Your Worst Beauty Nightcap

a woman drinking a drink

Alcohol is one of the most popular beverages in the world.  In some circles it is so prevalent it is hard for people to imagine not drinking.  It is important to be aware of its potential effects on your skin. Drinking too much alcohol can dehydrate your skin, making it look dull and dry. It can also irritate your skin and cause redness, flushing, and breakouts.

Here are some of the ways that alcohol can affect your skin:

  • Dehydration: Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it causes your body to lose fluids. This can lead to dehydration, which can make your skin look dry and dull.
  • Irritation: Alcohol can irritate your skin and cause redness, flushing, and breakouts. This is especially true for people with sensitive skin.
  • Inflammation: Alcohol can cause inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. Inflammation can make your skin look red and puffy, and it can also worsen skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
  • Premature aging: Alcohol can damage collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep your skin looking young and firm. This can lead to premature aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

If you’re concerned about the effects of alcohol on your skin, there are a few things you can do to minimize them:

  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after drinking alcohol. This will help to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Avoid over consumption.  A good tip for this is to plan what you are going to drink during an evening out.  Sometimes when one gets caught up in the moment it is easy to over drink.  Make a conscious effort to stick with your plan.
  • Drink a mocktail instead!  Many bars & restaurants now serve mocktails.  If they are not on the menu ask your server.  Club soda with lime or a splash of vermouth or bitters is also an alternative choice, but still allows you to feel like you are part of the celebration.

I think it is great that people are becoming more aware of the downside of alcohol consumption.  Consciously considering what you are consuming is always a good idea!  In good health…..