The city’s streets are lined with trendy cafes, upscale restaurants and plenty of clubs to enjoy a drink while socializing with your buds. While indulging in a couple of drinks is fun, do you know what the alcohol does to your skin? The facts are in, and the news isn’t so pretty.
Alcohol causes the blood vessels in the skin to dilate. In time, the dilation of blood vessels can become permanent and lead to those nasty spider veins on the face. With overindulgence, the small blood vessels can be damaged and leak fluid to the skin causing a puffy, swollen appearance. Alcohol is also a diuretic that causes dehydration. The end result is dry skin that looks lusterless or ashy.
It can adversely affect the vitamin and mineral levels by depleting these healthy nutrients. It’s these nutrients that play a major role in carrying oxygen throughout the body. And your skin needs oxygen. The skin also needs vitamin A, B3 and C for the regeneration of new skin cells.
Balance Is Key
If you do drink, do it in moderation. It’s all about balance. It also helps to know what types of drinks cause the least and most harm to the skin if you’re going to imbibe. Clear shots of vodka, gin and tequila are the best option since there’s no harmful ingredients or extra sugar. Just be sure to nurse it and keep track of the number of shots.
Like clear liquors, straight whiskey and rum have no additives. However, these dark liquors contain products of extra formation and congeners that may contribute to more skin aging, according to Dr. Krant, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York.
And while sweet mixed drinks like mojitos and piña coladas may taste yummy, they are not so yummy for the skin. These drinks are loaded with sugar that result in cell damage and increased skin aging. The less sugar in the alcohol, the better results there are for lessening the wrinkle risk. If you drink too many of sweet mixed drinks, you’ll also wind up with a sugar hangover resulting in sallow skin.
If you prefer the libation of wine, reach for red instead of white. It contains more antioxidants than white to counteract the skin aging process. As a matter of fact Dr. Krant states “I would say the best single drink to have to support skin health and minimize aging risks is a glass of red.” At the same time, it’s important to note that any alcohol in excess contributes more to aging than it protects against.
So what’s it going to be? A glass of wine, a mug of beer, a liquor shot or a sweet mixed drink? Whatever it is, just do it in moderation, and your skin should be good-to-go.