Cheers! How Alcohol Affects Your Skin

It’s the holiday season, and for that reason alone, many people enjoy having a night on the town with friends or a glass of wine with dinner. It is true that alcohol plays a role in the lives of many people. But the question is, can a glass of beer or a mixed drink affect your skin?

Drinking water serves as a type of internal moisturizer for your skin. Staying properly hydrated can smooth out wrinkles, causing your skin to appear brighter and younger. Alcohol, along with caffeinated drinks like coffee and soda, has the opposite effect. A drink will dehydrate you and deplete vital skin nutrients, making your skin appear dull.

Drinking alcohol also causes facial blood vessels to dilate, and if you  overindulge it can cause the vessels to dilate permanently, causing red, spidery veins. However, if you have a pre-existing skin condition, excessive alcohol consumption can worsen it. It may very well exacerbate flare-ups of rosacea and psoriasis.

Drinking in moderate alcohol consumption is the best way to avoid any negative side effects. And after a night on the town, water will help to counteract the dehydration that comes with drinking alcohol. Avoid the greasy foods often associated with hangover cures and replace them with healthier, nutrient-rich foods to reverse some of the negative effects of a night out.

It really boils down to making choices, which will help your skin keep that glow.

Is Drinking Alcohol Really Bad for Your Skin?

Many of you enjoy your favorite drink every now and then. There are often reasons to celebrate something or another, and even if it’s just to unwind from a long day at work. But what is alcohol really doing to our skin... and which drinks are inflicting the most damage?

Dr. Oz states that, while the consumption of alcohol does not directly impact the skin, it does lead to dehydration. For optimal skin health, it is important to continue drinking water alongside the alcohol and after your evening has concluded.


Which Alcoholic Drinks are Better than Others?

What makes the skin effects of one alcoholic drink different from the next is what else is in the drink?

Clear Shots (Vodka, Gin, Tequila)

What makes the skin effects of one alcoholic drink different from the next is what else is in the drink. That makes shots the best option, since there's no extra sugar, salt or other harmful ingredients. However, keep in mind that some people who drink shots end up consuming more alcohol than they intended since it's easy to lose track. And more alcohol is never better for your skin.

Dark Shots (Rum, Whiskey, Tequila)

Like clear liquors, straight rum or whiskey comes with the benefits of no additives. The one key difference between the two is the number of congeners. Dark liquor contains congeners and products of extra fermentation that clear liquor does not, which worsen your hangover, but there has been no documented evidence of it causing extreme damage to your skin.

Mojitos, Margaritas & Other Sweet Mixed Drinks

The danger with drinks like mojitos and margaritas is the sugar. Margaritas, particularly frozen margaritas made with mixes, also contain sugar. Sugar along with other excessive carbs, can lead to systemic inflammation, which contributes ultimately to cell damage and increased skin aging. But mojitos, not to mention drinks mixed with Coke, orange juice, Red Bull and other sweet drinks, are loaded with sugar. Sugar also causes acne by spiking your insulin levels, causing inflammation throughout the body.


Another drink with salt is beer, although it's not dangerously high in sodium levels. Which can produce symptoms like swollen eyes and thirsty skin, and your body is telling you to drink more water to get rid of the salt. Beer however does have some redeeming qualities, such as containing antioxidants and other anti-aging benefits. Beer just has less alcohol in it than straight liquor.

White Wine and Red Wine

White wine, like mixed cocktails and beer, contains sugar, in addition to some salt. Wine can lead to swollen skin and bloating. A white wine doesn't contain the health benefits that red wine does.

Red wine, as we've often heard, can actually be good for you. Red wine contains more antioxidants than white, which may help counteract some aging processes.

But red wine is the most harmful drink for those with skin issues like rosacea. It is stated that any alcohol in excess consumption contributes more to aging than it protects against.


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