You may have noticed that after a night of ‘few too many’ your skin is not looking as fresh and radiant as you would like it. Alcohol consumption causes several reactions in your body that express in your skin as well. The most effective way to avoid these alcohol skin reactions from happening is to limit the amount of alcohol consumed and to always drink responsibly. Dry red wine is the only drink which actually has some benefits as it contains the antioxidant Resveratrol and other polyphenols - but overdoing it will also mitigate any positive effects!
What Does Alcohol Do To Your Skin?
- Alcohol is a diuretic which means it makes the kidneys release water, making you need to go to the loo more which leads to dehydration.
- To counteract you will need some mega hydrators like Polyglutamic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid in your skincare regime.
- Increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) which leads to oxidative stress and DNA damage.
- This can be mitigated by using an antioxidant product - something with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Resveratrol or Astaxanthin.
- Boosts the levels of stress hormone cortisol in our body which accelerates the ageing process, decreases the skin’s repair mechanisms and makes the skin lack radiance.
- Best way to bring back that glow is by using treatment, serum or mask with exfoliating enzymes or acids to restore and hydrate. Why not try FaceGym's Hydro-Bound Serum. With a skin-drenching blend of Polyglutamic Acid and Multi-Molecular Ha4, Hydro-Bound delivers hydration and helps the skin naturally produce Hyaluronic Acid to restore moisture.
- Most alcoholic drinks are high in sugar which damages the collagen and elastin fibres in our dermis leading to loss of plumpness.
- Vitamin C and Retinol have both shown to boost collagen production and lead to a smoother, plumper skin.