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The affects of alcohol on your skin

4th October 2012  : 

Most of us enjoy a tipple or two, whether it's to unwind after a stressful day at work, to accompany a nice meal, or make sure that big night our really goes with a swing. Yet although studies have suggested that moderate drinking may be beneficial to our health, is it really good for our skin?

The Opposite of Water

We all know that water acts as nature's natural skin treatment, in that it combats dehydration and works as an internal moisturiser which irons out wrinkles and reinvigorates our skin to give it a bright, young, and fresh appearance, akin to top of the range skin care products. Alternately, alcohol has the opposite effect. Any alcoholic beverage will dehydrate you and give your skin a dull and haggard look, because it depletes vital skin nutrients such as Vitamin A which has antioxidant properties that can help to reduce damage caused by free radicals which destroy collagen fibers and elastin.

The Bottom Line

Alcohol can cause facial blood vessels to dilate and long term abuse can cause them to dilate permanently and lose their tone completely. Alcohol can also aggravate pre-existing skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis and lead to spots.

Other Factors

Alcohol is also a major cause of disturbed sleep which denies skin cells adequate time to recover, leaving your skin looking tired and sallow the morning after. Medical research has indicated that those who drink heavily also have less healthy diets, which is another factor in depriving the skin of its necessary nutrients.

Damage Limitation

Drinking in moderation is enjoyable and you can negate the risks of damage to your skin by avoiding the greasy foods your body may crave whilst under the influence and during the hangover period. Instead opt for nutrient-rich foods to combat the side effects of alcohol and drink plenty of water. The simple fact is that if you drink to excess over a prolonged period of time, you will develop telangiectasias or chronic dilation of the capillaries and your face will appear permanently flushed and haggard.

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