Spotlight on Skincare: Summer Drinking

The Impact of Alcohol and Your Skin: Can You Reserve the Damage?

While 45 percent of UK adults use alcohol for better sleep, it has been revealed that alcohol can actually disrupt both quantity and quality, according to a study by the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research. One of the worst things you can do for your skin is to drink alcohol – especially in excess. Alcohol is a toxin with little value in nutrition terms, which can result in poor liver function, hormone disruption, reduced immunity, issues in insulin, and cell damage that affects the quality and youth of your skin.

What’s worse, drinking alcohol carries health risks, including seven types of cancer. A study in the British Journal of Dermatology reports that regular drinkers had a 20 percent higher risk of developing melanoma than those who do not drink alcohol. But that’s not the only impact alcohol can have on your skin.


Alcohol Enhances Inflammation

As the body metabolizes the alcohol from enzymes, called acetaldehyde, in the liver, this byproduct is toxic to the bodily tissues. The alcohol will cause inflammation and release histamine that promotes redness of the skin. As a result, the skin and tissues become dehydrating, causing premature signs of aging as well as post-binge acne breakouts.


Alcohol Works as a Diuretic

Alcohol is a strong diuretic, meaning you can lose as much as 350 ml of water after two bottles of beer. This is caused by the inability to extract water from urine in the kidneys. Alcohol can increase urination and the risk of dehydration – causing dry, dull skin.  When this happens excessively, dry skin can lead to long-term dermatological ailments such as eczema.


Alcohol Opens the Pores

Alcohol has the ability to expand the pores of the skin, leading to white and blackheads. When left untreated, pimples can cause inflamed skin papules and cystic acne. This will increase the risk of permanent acne scarring and wrinkles.


The Perfect Routine to Reverse Alcohol Damage

The first step to reversing damage is to go without alcohol for thirty days. Not only will this do wonders for your skin, it will help the body recover from its dehydrating effects. You must also assess your daily routine and stop using harsh products they may enhance the dry symptoms. That means you must:

  • Use gentle cleansers, like the Kombucha cleanser for a deep-cleaning routine that works for all skin types to remove excess oil and pollutants without damaging the skin.
  • Use the Mild toner with cucumber, rose, and elderflower to regulate moisture and soften dull skin.
  • Apply the Restoring Face Serum to help repair and replenish the skin with vitamin-rich geranium, evening primrose oil, and carrot.

The Repair & Restore range of products from Green & Spring are a perfect way to get started on reversing the damage from alcohol and taking better care of your dehydrated skin. And if you’re dealing with rough patches, a few drops of Rose and Jojoba face & body oil can have skin looking renew within one use.

While a quality glass of red wine can do wonders for our skin, the same cannot be said with high alcoholic beverages. Instead, stick to drinks with low alcohol moderation and if you must, drink in moderation. That way, we can effectively protect the skin from damage while still enjoying a glass or two. 

Written by Jenny D

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Anastasia Volodchenko