We know cutting down on our Friday night wines will do wonders for our liver, our waistline and our bank balance but we’re wondering what this month sans grog has done for our skin…
As most of you would already be well aware of, alcohol is incredibly dehydrating. Not only does this mean you wake up with a pounding headache, it can also deplete vital skin nutrients, leaving your skin dull and lifeless. What’s more, drinking alcohol causes facial blood vessels to dilate. While these affects generally don’t last, repeated over-indulgence can lead to permanent damage. If you have a skin condition like rosacea or psoriasis, be warned, alcohol can lead to a flare up.
We mentioned alcohol’s affect on the liver but did you know the liver plays a role in your skin’s appearance? When the liver is stressed out, it can leave your skin looking sallow and far from the glowing gorgeousness you’re aiming for.
Vitamin A promotes skin cell turnover and boosts collagen production meaning the ageing process is slowed. So you wouldn’t want to decrease your Vit A levels, right? Well, our friend Mr Sauvignon is responsible for reducing levels of Vitamin A, meaning lower skin cell turnover and a decreased ability to fight free radicals. And when free radicals spread you’re up for a deterioration of collagen and elastin, meaning hello wrinkles, hello fine lines.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, you can have your wine and drink it too, just be wary of over-indulging, make sure to drink plenty of water and enjoy nutrient-rich foods the next day.