Alcohol and the effects it has on our skin.

As someone who has always been obsessed with beauty and skincare I am surprised that it took me this long to give up the booze. In pursuit of perfect skin, I have spent a fortune on countless serums, oils and creams, booked myself monthly facials, and chugged back the lemon water religiously, yet there had been a simple solution this entire time. Give up the booze. Since giving up alcohol 9 months ago my skin has improved drastically. It is much more radiant, smoother and plumper. Alcohol is not only bad for your insides it also has these devastating effects on the skin.

Dryness – Drinking alcohol is one of the fastest ways to dehydrate your body and your skin. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it literally forces water out of your body. After alcohol is consumed the body also finds it a lot harder to re hydrate leaving your skin dry, patchy, dull and lifeless. 
If you drink frequently, you will notice that your skin is dryer and more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines than others.

Redness- Alcohol can cause broken capillaries in the face leaving it looking flushed and blotchy. You can often tell if a person is a heavy drinker just by looking at the colour of their face as drinking also makes skin more susceptible to flushing.

Acne- Many alcoholic drinks are full of sugar which can crystalise your skin cells (aka glycation). This process leads to very deflated skin and damaged cells leaving you with a dull, lifeless complexion. Sugar is also known to trigger the IGF-1 hormone which causes overproduction of oil in the skin, increasing your chance of breakouts.

Rosacea and puffiness- Alcohol has an inflammatory effect on our bodies which we are able to see on our skin. When we drink alcohol our insides become inflamed this causes puffiness, breakouts and redness on our skins surface . It can also trigger a skin condition called Rosacea which symptoms include increased redness, pimples, swelling and dilated blood vessels.

Bruising- Alcohol depletes your body of vitamin C, Vitamin C is needed for quick healing. You will be more prone to bruises than normal when you consume too much alcohol because of the lack of vitamin C in your body.

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