So, just how bad is alcohol for your skin? Is it the end of the world if you drink and have healthy skin? Let’s take a look at exactly what drinking does to your face. We’ll also go over some tips on enjoying yourself responsibly while still keeping your complexion looking its best.
Alcohol is a diuretic. This means that it dehydrates you by drawing water out of your cells—including the ones in your skin. Not only does this leave you feeling tired and drained, but it also causes wrinkles and premature aging. Alcohol can also cause rosacea, acne, broken capillaries, and even cellulite. While all of that might sound a bit scary, there are ways to enjoy your favorite drinks while still looking good.
What Does Alcohol Do to Your Skin?
The effects of alcohol on your skin vary based on the type you drink—darker liquors (like whiskey) contain more impurities than lighter ones (like tequila). But, in general, alcohol can:
- Cause puffiness and redness around your mouth and nose
- Worsen acne breakouts
- Leave you looking older due to collagen loss
- Make your skin dehydrated, which can lead to premature aging and excess oil production
How to limit the effects of alcohol on skin
You don’t have to swear off alcohol altogether in order to maintain healthy skin, but it’s important to be mindful of how much you drink. Here are a few tips for enjoying yourself responsibly while still keeping your complexion looking its best:
- Keep track of how many drinks you have. This might sound like a buzzkill, but if you’re watching what you drink, it will be easier to stay hydrated.
- Drink plenty of water while you’re out—not just when you get home. This is a good way to prevent your skin from getting dehydrated in the first place.
- Stick with clear liquors like vodka or gin over darker ones like whiskey or bourbon. They contain fewer chemicals and are less likely to cause skin problems.
- If you do drink a darker liquor, make sure to drink plenty of water before and after as well.
- Avoid drinking too close to bedtime. Alcohol increases the chances of snoring and sleep apnea, which can have negative effects on your skin
- Get plenty of sleep. A good night’s rest is essential for keeping your skin looking its best.
So, while alcohol isn’t great for your skin, it doesn’t have to mean the end of the world. With a few simple tips, you can enjoy yourself without worrying about how it will affect your face. Cheers!
Deciding What To Drink
When you are drinking alcohol, it is important to make sure that you drink in moderation. This means sticking to clear liquors such as vodka or gin and avoiding darker drinks like whiskey and bourbon. These types of liquor contain more chemicals that can have negative effects on your skin.
You should also make sure to drink plenty of water while you are drinking alcohol. This will help to prevent your skin from getting dehydrated.
Deciding When To Drink
Drinking Too Close To Bedtime
If you are going to drink alcohol, it is important not to do so too close to bedtime. This is because alcohol can increase the chances of snoring and sleep apnea, which can have negative effects on your skin.
Drinking Too Close To Bedtime
It is also important to try and avoid drinking in the morning as this can cause blood vessels in your face to dilate, which can lead to premature aging of your skin. It is better to wait until after lunchtime if you want a drink or two with friends or colleagues at work.
Sticking to these guidelines can help you enjoy your drinks without having to worry about the negative effects that alcohol can have on your skin. Cheers!
And, last but definitely not least, what kind of skincare company would we be if we didn't remind you how important a PM skincare regimen is? Washing your face and moisturizing before bed will limit the effects that alcohol has on your skin by locking in moisture and repairing damage on a cellular level.