Effects of Alcohol on Skin – and How to Minimise the Damage?

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Effects of Alcohol on Skin - and How to Minimise the Damage?
Effects of Alcohol on Skin – and How to Minimise the Damage?

By now, we all know alcohol is not our friend when it comes to our health. Yet, especially during these uneasy times, we still reach for a glass of wine. And there goes all our efforts to keep youthful complexion!

Drinking alcohol regularly, not only dehydrates your skin, it prevents absorption of nutrients and depletes the existing pool of nutrients, leaving your skin looking dull and dry“, says Elena Letyagina, Nutritional Therapist.

Moreover, alcohol’s free radicals cause premature wrinklescollagen loss and reduced skin elasticity.

Yes, it is a vicious circle when it comes to our well-established beauty routines and alcohol – a simple but not so viable solution is to stop drinking altogether. But let’s be realistic, if you enjoy having the occasional glass or two, will you really stop drinking altogether? I know, I won’t. So, how can we bounce back from the damage that alcohol causes our skin?

Luckily, our skin is unlike any other organ and has a surprising ability to regenerate and restore, to a certain extent of course. Here are a few tips on how to minimize alcohol damage to our skin.

Keep Yourself Hydrated INSIDE OUT

When it comes to liquor, a simple moisturiser won’t cut it! You need to choose products with powerful active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Hyaluronic Acid has an amazing ability to draw moisture from the environment and deeper layers of your skin, and helps collagen and elastin production.

Please don’t forget that hydration starts from within, so do follow your mother’s advice about drinking lots of water. Besides keeping us hydrated, water increases diuretic effect, which helps alcohol leave our bodies.

My Beauty Insider tip: adding ice to your drinks is a good trick to increase water consumption.

Make sure you lower your sugar consumption before and during your night out – your body works extra hard to eliminate extra sugar. A large amount of water goes out with that process, causing your body to dehydrate.

Minimise Oxidative Stress

Alcohol oxidative stress causes serious malfunction of cells and tissues, which leads to loss of our precious collagen*.

To fight back, you need to load your body and skin with antioxidants. Use skincare products containing high doses of potent antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Resveratrol. And make sure you treat your skin from within! Eat foods rich in Vitamin C, Beta Carotene and Omegas.

Rebuild Your Collagen

Retinol or Vitamin A is another powerful ingredient with high potency. It easily penetrates your skin, removes dead cells and activates cell regeneration resulting in increased collagen production.

LED Red Light Therapy helps to rebuild collagen and elastin in your body. There is strong scientific research showing the benefits LED Light has on cell regeneration.** In fact, many dermatologists are convinced that this is the future of the cosmetic industry. You’ll get the best results by having 2-3 treatments per week. I suggest investing in a good LED Mask that you can use at home.

Choose Your Poison Smartly

Different alcohols have different effects on the skin. The general rule is that clear and grain free alcohol is better: vodka, gin, and tequila. These contain less congeners and sugar, and therefore, get out of your system faster. But please bear in mind, even though it doesn’t contain congeners, clear alcohol can certainly still be damaging to your skin… if you drink enough of it!

If you are a wine drinker, opt for high quality red wines. “The skin of red grapes contains resveratrol, which is known for its anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective and anticancer properties,” says Elena.



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