Well as much as we may love it, we’ve all heard the conflicting stories surrounding your skin and alcohol. You may have read in the news, as I have, that apparentely a little alcohol is good for you – such as one glass of red wine a day is good for your heart, while others use horror stories to show the effects that drinking has on your face, body and skin. But as many of us enjoy a little tipple every now and again, it’s time to find out what the truth is about skin and alcohol, thanks to leading dermatoligists, including Erin Gilbert. Read on to find out more…
It ages your skin
“Chronic drinkers look older than their peers because they’ve been chronically dehydrated,” says dermatologist Erin Gilbert of Gramercy Park Dermatology in New York City. “When you’re dehydrated, you’re not regenerating collagen as well, and lines in the skin tend to become deeper faster.”
It makes your eyes puffy and increases the apearance of dark circles
“Alcohol dilates the blood vessels and causes redistribution of fluid. Your whole body is affected, but you tend to especially see the swelling in the thin skin of your eyelids and the skin under your eyes,” comments Gilbert. If you are feeling that your tired eyes are in need of a treat – then this previous blog is a good starting point!
Rosacea and uneven skin tone appears worse
As a vasodilator, alcohol “absolutely exacerbates rosacea, uneven skin and flushing,” says Gilbert, adding that there’s also a strong link between psoriasis and drinking that’s still being studied.
Skin becomes dull
Dehydration is a big factor in this too, but another reason is that “after a night of drinking, you often don’t stick to your normal skin-care routine,” says Gilbert. “Not only are you not cleansing your skin properly, you probably haven’t had water or consumed healthy fruits, or had enough sleep – all things that make us look healthy on a regular basis.”
It ruins your dieting efforts
Stephen Gullo, a diet expert and health psychologist in New York City comments that more than two cocktails tends to stimulate your appetite, making you more likely to pick at snacks all night. Not only that, the following morning, you’re likely to grab food for breakfast which is not as healthy as you might usually go for. “Alcohol is a highly acid-forming substance, so after a night of heavy drinking, your pH balance is out of whack,” says health coach Jennifer Kass of Kass Health in New York City. “You crave the salty, fatty foods because your body is trying to create balance again—what you should be eating is super-alkalizing foods like leafy greens, but bacon and eggs will probably sound more appealing than a bowl of kale.”
It hinders your precious beauty sleep
You may feel that after you’ve had a good few drinks it’s easier to fall asleep, but alcohol actually hinders your beauty sleep as it makes you “much more likely to wake up multiple times during the night,” says Phyllis C. Zee, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern University in Chicago. A study performed by the University of Michigan found that drinking was more detrimental to women’s sleep than men’s, with women getting fewer hours of sleep and waking up more frequently during the night.