Here’s exactly how bad drinking alcohol is for your skin
From sucking the skin of its moisture, to slowing down the processes of cellular repair, alcohol can damage your complexion; studies have shown that even moderate alcohol consumption affects skin!
But why does this happen, and how can we fix it?
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes the body to produceand release more urine. Through this process the body loses more water and salt than usual, causing dehydration, which has been shown to adversely affect a person’s skin. Dry skin, exacerbated wrinkles, and decreased elasticity are all symptomsof dehydration. The best way to combat dehydration is (obviously) lots of water! Having a glass of water between each alcoholic drink will help you and your skin stay healthy and hydrated.
In addition to dehydration, flushing is another common side effect of drinking alcohol. Alcohol may stimulate the release of histamines, which can cause the blood vessels under the skin to dilate. This can make a person’s complexion look flushed orinflamed. Salty alcoholic beverages for example, can leave the skin extremely puffy and dull, and can exacerbate the aforementioned inflammation and redness in those with sensitive skin. One way to combat flushing is through ahyaluronic acid treatment which will visibly boost collagen and deeply hydrate, as well as products rich in green tea, whichbring down inflammation and redness on a cellular level. Lendava’s Good Morning cream uses both hyaluronic acid and green tea extracts to help soothe itchiness and heal injured skin,while also boosting collagen and hydration simultaneously. Another way to combat inflammation is through a calming guasha lymphatic massage, to assist in the drainage of toxins and de-puff the face.
Lastly, a final facet to skin health post-alcohol, is recovery. Moisturize each night and morning after a night of drinking; it is key to find a moisturizer with B vitamins (niacinamide to calm skin), hyaluronic acid (a humectant that attracts water molecules), and ceramides, or lipids naturally found in the skin’s biome that maintain its barrier function. We recommend the Lendava Good Night cream for this recovery step, which has all of these components in a single moisturizer.