Partying can take a huge toll on your skin, for a number of reasons. Let’s go over these reasons, dispel a few myths, and talk about some tips for staying gorgeous while having fun.
Reason #1: Alcohol dehydrates your cells
Alcohol basically strips your cells of their moisture and leaves your skin crying for water! When your skin is dehydrated, toxins take hold and cause blemishes and spots; furthermore, dry cells means wrinkly, tired, dull skin!
Reason #2: Alcoholic drinks often contain sugar… lots of it
Mixed drinks and fruity cocktails are loaded with sugar, which is the ultimate skin sin. Consuming sugar causes pimples by stimulating the hormones that lead to increased sebum (junk in your skin) and blocked pores.
Reason #3: The effects of alcohol can lead to poor beauty behaviors
Hollywood actress Freida Pinto says it best: “Always, even if you’re extremely tired, drunk, hungover, whichever it is, take your makeup off before you go to sleep because that can really ruin your skin, when you sleep with your makeup on.” This includes eyeliner and mascara!
Also, if your hair is full of spray and product when you crash from a night of glamorous partying, try and tie it up away from your face. You don’t want to be smushing all of those chemicals onto your skin while you snooze.
Now on to a few myths…
Myth #1: “I drink beverages with lower alcohol content like beer and wine, so they won’t impact my skin.”
Truth: Not true- alcohol is still alcohol! And because it’s more likely that wine-drinkers will consume larger quantities, it may actually be causing extra harm. What’s more, beer is full of sugars– even if they don’t seem sweet.
Myth #2: “I drink mixed drinks with vodka and juice, so I am staying hydrated and protecting against the effects of the alcohol.”
Truth: Fruit juice, Kool-Aid, soda, iced tea, it’s all full of sugar. That’s what makes it taste so delicious! So even if you are consuming 16 ounces or more of liquids, think about how many grams of sugar you’re getting with it. And vodka, like beer, does impact hydration and metabolism in the body.
So what can you do to still have fun and protect your skin? Here are some tips to follow:
Tip #1: Drink in Moderation
First things first, the easiest way to protect your skin from alcohol is to simply abstain from drinking. That being said, alcohol is a popular aspect of an active social life, so eliminating it may be impractical for you. Just keep this adage in mind: “everything in moderation”. It’s fine to have some wine with dinner or go out on a Friday night, just keep yourself in check. Binge drinking or partying several nights a week can have negative effects on all aspects of your life, and it will, without a doubt, harmfully impact your skin.
Tip #2: Hydrate
If you are planning to drink, proactively counter the negative effect alcohol has on your skin by hydrating. This is not a cure-all, but it certainly helps! Drink lots of water while you’re out and before you’re going to bed. Keep a water bottle or glass of water by your bed for easy hydrating. You can also drink ultra-hydrating and delicious coconut water!
Tip #3: Stick to Your Beauty Routine
I touched on this before, but I’ll say it again: stick to your beauty routine. Don’t ever go to bed without removing your makeup, washing your face, and applying your moisturizer (also, brushing your teeth is a must). Being drunk is not an excuse!
I personally recommend taking a shower after going out and before going to bed, but if that’s not for you, please remember to wash your face and tie back your hair!
Follow these tips the next time you drink to protect your skin and remember, everything in moderation!