Watch Out: Alcohol Effects to Your Skin

Hanging out with friends? Alcohol. Want to let loose? Alcohol. Want to interrogate your partner? Alcohol. Most of our nights are associated with alcohol. Not that it’s bad for you, but too much of it sure brings bad things.

 

In fact, alcohol creates inflammation throughout your body and skin. Not only causes dehydration but it also has dullness, enlarged pores, discoloration, sagging, fine lines and lack of resilience to your skin. Alcohol causes small blood vessels in the skin to widen, allowing more blood to flow close to the surface and produce what you usually see as flushed color and warmth feeling.

It also tends to have a high sugar content, especially in white wine and cocktails. Overindulging in those could cause breakouts and hormone disruptions such as negative effect on thyroid and sex hormones, causing hormonal imbalance and skin problems.
Not all alcoholic beverages are bad, red wine can actually provides the body with protective antioxidants known as polyphenols. Drink it with your meals, not after, not before. Why? It helps avoid a rapid rise in blood sugar, which could otherwise cause a burst of inflammation throughout the body.

If you still insist on drinking, there are some tips you might want to follow:
  1. Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water please.
  2. Don’t drink with empty stomach.
  3. No coffee as antidote. It will just make you felt worse.
  4. Avoid sugary mixers and use soda water or tonic as change.
  5. Consume vitamin C if you feel like you over-indulge.
Writer: Ervina Michelle Liem
Editor: Olivia Elena Hakim&Galuh Tathya
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