Alcohol Destroys Your Skin
In pursuit of perfect skin, we try countless serums and creams, book elaborate facials, and chug water religiously, yet there’s a beyond-simple fix that has been staring us in the face all this time: giving up (or significantly cutting back on) alcohol – which has a perhaps unexpected impact on our complexions in particular.
“I always joke with my patients, ‘If you want to get older, go ahead and drink!’”, New York nutritionist notes.
There’s a huge amount of damage to the skin that occurs; alcohol affects any mucous membrane, from the pancreas and liver to the skin. One effect is dehydration, as it actually takes all the fluid out of the skin.
Alcohol inflames the tissue, and systemic inflammation to the skin caused by alcohol creates a histamine reaction – that creates the redness of the skin.
It should be mentioned that different alcohols have different effects on the skin, but as a general rule, the clearer, the better: Vodka, gin, and tequila get out of your system quicker. If you’re going to drink anything, in my opinion, drink vodka that doesn’t have a grain in it, like a potato vodka.
However, if you’re going to drink, drink water with it to increase that diuretic effect.