I’ve recently been wondering, does alcohol affect your skin? I love a glass of wine as much as the next middle-aged, middle-class woman …. it’s part of our culture isn’t it? Had a long day? Glass of wine. Kids annoyed you? Glass of wine. Friend pops round? Glass of wine.
However, I’ve recently had an issue with having awful headaches and a bumpy-heart-rate. I put these things down to menopause, and not looking after myself as well as I should. So instead of reaching for the paracetamol all the time, and ending the day with yet another glass of wine, I’ve made a really conscious effort to drink tons of water and cut out the daily vino.
And guess what – I feel so much better, but the extra benefit is that my skin, which is not bad for my age, but has off-days, actually looks incredible. It’s glowy, it’s not so lined and it looks happy and plump. And this is definitely got to do with the lack of alcohol. So I did a bit of reading up.
Wrinkles, dryness & saggy skin
You all know that alcohol dehydrates you so obviously it also dehydrates (literally takes water away) from your skin. This massively increases the look of dryness, wrinkles and saggy skin. And this happens every time you drink.
And it’s not just the alcohol itself sucking all the water away, it’s the other ingredient in it that cause problems. The sugar content of lots of drinks also causes skin issues (such as acne and eczema) as your body tries to process ingredients with no nutritional value.
And your eyes – do you want lovely sparkly white eyes? Here’s what alcohol does to your eyes, “Alcohol causes the tiny blood vessels in our eyes to widen. This forces more blood to flow through them, leaving them looking bloodshot. Alcohol can also disrupt our sleep, contributing to dark circles around the eyes.”
I’ve also noticed that my under-eye area is much firmer and less baggy looking. This is because alcohol not only removes all that lovely water that our bodies and skin needs, but it causes bloating too, on your face, and probably also in your tummy.
If you don’t believe me, you can ready more here: hwww.drinkaware.co.uk/facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/appearance/how-alcohol-affects-your-appearance
You can, of course, add some moisture to your skin by using one of my fabulous face oils or serums, I can recommend massaging a little Super Fruit Face Oil into your face in the morning, to add glow, but don’t kid yourself too much – the real way to add long-lasting moisture to your skin is to add it to your insides with plenty of water and fresh fruit and veg. Boring but true ….
So there it is folks, not what you want to hear, but I can absolutely assure you, giving up your daily alcohol and getting lots of water down you will not only make you feel much much better, give you more energy, but it will make you look much younger. Sorry.
I’ve been trying some really nice alcohol-free alternatives (I’m struggling to find a replacement for a lovely, dry, Spanish Cava, which I adore) but the alcohol-free gin options are great. I’m loving a glass of Seedlip in a big gin glass with tons of ice and a slice. I’ve also been listening to Janey Lee Grace’s podcast about alcohol-free living which is helping me to retrain my brain of thinking I “deserve” a glass of wine, even when I actually don’t even know if I want one.
I hope there’s something here you have found helpful. It’s tough on a gorgeous sunny day to say no to a lovely chilled white wine or even a Pimms, but I promise you, if you’re after naturally dewy skin, all of the above is worth considering.