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We all covet skin with a healthy glow!

Good morning? Frustrated young woman looking at her reflection in the mirror and holding hand in hair

One sure way to lose our natural radiance is by over consuming beverages which contain alcohol. While most of us know about the negative effects alcohol can have inside our bodies, the myriad of effects it can have outside on our skin is often overlooked.

Alcohols effect on your skin!  

The fact that Alcohol is a diuretic is well known, but it is less well-known that alcohol makes your body unable to produce the hormone Vasopressin. Vasopressin’s job is to help the body’s cells take in water. This means that not only does alcohol make you use the bathroom more (by interfering with your kidneys) it makes it more difficult to rehydrate yourself at the same time.

Dehydration increases the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores and can make skin look sallow and worn out. Dry skin also known as Pruritus can be itchy and scaly looking. Excessively scratching dry skin can damage the Dermis and even cause scarring.


Alcohol’s internal sabotage which shows on your skin!

Alcohol decreases your natural production of Vitamin A and can negatively affect levels of Vitamin B12 and C.

These vitamins are vital to your skin because they are essential in cell production and cell renewal. They are also important antioxidants that lead the charge in the fight against free radical damage which causes premature skin aging.

Alcohol also affects skin by acting as a vasodilator. Vasodilators open the blood vessels, allowing for a greater volume of blood to enter into the blood vessels. This facilitates the common red flush seen on the face after drinking. Increased volume of fluids within the blood vessels may lead to an unwanted puffy face.

If the vessels stay dilated over time they can burst from the pressure which can result in spider veins on your face! Rhinophyma denotes the case of drinkers’ red nose. Alcohol can aggravate skin conditions such as Rosacea and Psoriasis. Rosacea sufferers report that alcohol is the most common trigger of their condition.


Be selective about what drinks you choose and be aware of what their ingredients are:

If you favour sweet drinks, the sugar can cause inflammation of the skin and can trigger hormones which release more oil which may contribute to breakouts of acne. Salty drinks can cause bloating and those dreaded dark bags underneath your eyes.


The Body’s Natural Healing System

If you do over indulge, it is a relief to know that your skin can recover from the negative effects of alcohol. By giving your body a break from drinking alcohol, you allow the skin to recover. Positive noticeable benefits will show on your face within several days, increasing as weeks go by.

If you enjoy your night out but don’t enjoy seeing the effects of your hangover in the mirror, take a break and let your skin recover by choosing beverages without the skin damaging effects of alcohol.  Be kind to your skin and choose carefully what you drink.

If you would like, book a consultation with me & together we can formulate a skin rejuvenation treatment plan that suites your aesthetic goals. 011 954 0070.

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