Alcohol and your skin
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It performs many functions for the body through protection, regulation and sensation.
We all know we need to drink in moderation and that binge drinking is not good for us. But why is alcohol so bad for our skin? For several reasons actually!
1) Alcohol is broken down by the liver which releases a byproduct called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is toxic to body cells and causes premature skin ageing.
2) Alcohol is also dehydrating. Dehydration can cause skin ageing.
3) Alcohol is also a vasodilator which means it opens up the blood vessels which can lead to skin flushing and redness. Over several years this redness can become permanent !
4) To top it all up alcohol consumption impairs sleep. This decreases cellular turnover which again YES you guessed it, leads to premature skin ageing and unhealthy, dull skin.
To reduce the harmful effects of alcohol on your skin:
Drink in moderation
Stay hydrated and drinks lots of water
Get plenty of rest.