How drinking alcohol affects your skin
I wouldn't consider myself a binge drinker, however, I go through phases where I want to go out, socalize and have a few glasses of whiskey or wine (what ever I fancy that evening), however being a skin care professional I am aware of the affects it has on my skin. Not to mention that I live in Nashville, Tennessee...where most the bars I go to you can smoke inside. So for me, not only is my the alcohol affecting my skin, but the second hand smoke from the dingy bars.
Now don't get me wrong, drinking can be a fun activity, but not only does it have negative effects on your brain, it affects your entire body including your skin. You may just have a glass of wine, or a long night out on the town but every glass of alcohol affects your skin. Some types of alcohol are actually beneficial for your health, such as a glass of red wine, but the beer or whiskey is a whole different story.
When you drink water, it serves as a moisturizer for your skin. Drinking enough water keeps you hydrated, smooths out wrinkles, and makes your skin brighter and healthier. Now, drinking alcohol has the opposite affect and will dehydrate you, and make your skin appear dull and tired. This seems like the basics, right? When people come to me for skin care treatments and are unhappy with their dull, lifeless skin, the box on the questionnaire that says "Do you drink alcohol?" is usually always checked in as a 'yes.'
Drinking alcohol also causes your facial blood vessels to dilate, and over time it can lead to permanent redness and/or spidery veins. If you happen to already have those conditions, drinking alcohol can highly worsen it, and can trigger rosacea flare ups or psoriasis. It can also cause not only your stomach to look bloated, but your face as well.
Drinking less can help your skin look fresh and youthful. Say goodbye to those tired eyes, puffy face and dull complexion. If you are a heavy drinker, think about the future and that glass of alcohol you are about to consume. Maybe make it your new years resolution to get the skin (and body) you've always wanted and cut back on drinking. I know I will!