Do you enjoy going out to dinner, perhaps meeting some friends after work? Are there a few cocktails involved? With all the recent conflicting information available about the healthy or unhealthy effects of wine, we can tell you that alcohol can absolutely wreak havoc on your skin.
Alcohol dehydrates your skin. So when you drink, your skin will often appear less plump and much drier in the morning. Alcohol (along with caffeinated drinks like coffee and soda) has the opposite effect of water on skin -- alcohol depletes your skin of nutrients. In fact, doctors believe that those who drink heavily are depriving their skin of what’s needed to stay healthy-looking and young!
When you drink, try to drink the same amount of water as alcohol. Always ask for a glass of ice water and drink it as you drink your cocktail. When you’re at home or at a friend’s, refill your glass with water and drink that before you have that next glass of wine.
Your Skin and Your Cocktail Choices
If you’re going to have a cocktail, are some choices better than others? Hard alcohols are the worst because they’re often mixed with something sugary, or in the case of margaritas, salt. Beer has a few redeeming qualities like antioxidants.
White wine can lead to swollen skin and bloating. Red wine also has antioxidants which may help counteract some aging processes. If you’re going to have a drink, it may be the best drink to have to support skin health and minimize aging risks.
- Beware, though, if you suffer from rosacea: 76% of people that drink red wine have a flare up.
- Red wine can also cause histamine release in some people, leading to flushing.
- If you happen to suffer from hot flashes, it can exacerbate them.
Alcohol in Anti-Aging Skin Care Can Be Coconut Oil-Derived – and Beneficial
If alcohol consumption is bad for your skin internally, is it equally bad when it’s used topically – in your skin care? You’ll find three different types of alcohol in skincare: aromatic alcohol (a preservative that stabilizes essential oils for fragrance), simple alcohols (anti-bacterial, but very drying), and fatty alcohols. Fatty alcohols have both emollient and occlusive (preventing moisture loss) properties making them very non-drying. When in your skin care, they help create a smooth feel when you apply a cream or serum to your skin.
Lifeline’s Eye Firming Complex contains cetearyl alcohol, a fatty alcohol derived from coconut oil which helps the formula to glide onto skin. Eye Firming Complex, a stem cell serum, can then help smooth away lines and wrinkles and replenish lost moisture.
Our Daily Defense Complex contains cetyl alcohol, another coconut oil derivative, to help it smooth across skin and prevent dehydration. Daily Defense Complex (with human stem cell extracts) will help replenish moisture to reveal a brighter, more even-looking skin tone.
Night Recovery Moisture Complex also contains cetyl alcohol to help your skin retain moisture, while the stem cell extracts go to work to replace older, damaged skin cells. Recovery Night Moisture Serum works while you sleep, to restore the moisture barrier and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Can you have a cocktail and still maintain your youthful look? Of course. Choose red wine, be sure to drink plenty of water, and be sure to help keep your skin hydrated morning and night with anti-aging stem cell serums from Lifeline.