Well and truly in the festive spirit? Same here! With at least three events to attend each night and the obvious excuse to catch up with old friends, it’s notoriously difficult to avoid alcohol without being called a party pooper. Without sounding all Scrooge, before we well and truly embrace the ‘eat, drink and be merry’ Christmas ritual, it’s worth considering what alcohol actually does to our skin.
Tis the season for giving
Alcohol steals the good hydration from your skin and in return (very kindly) it will leave dryness, redness and bloating. Not a good look if you’re hoping to meet someone dreamy under the mistletoe.
Skin is the largest organ in your body and drinking lots of alcohol leaves it dehydrated. When skin is dry it’s more likely to wrinkle, which obviously makes you look older. On top of this, alcohol also strips your body of Vitamin A, the key for skin renewal, hence why you might look rather grey after a night on the tiles. Alcohol can also affect pre-existing skin conditions like rosacea or psoriasis, causing it to worsen or flare up more often.
If you are out for a ‘big’ night, staying hydrated is key. Drinking water is the only way to combat the drying effects of alcohol. When lacking what it needs, your body stores whatever it can. So if you are dehydrated, your skin and body will often swell as tissues retain water. Along with plenty of water, make sure you have a good moisturiser to hand, to help combat dryness. We LOVE the ultra-soothing effect of Cloud 9 Skin Tranquility.
Top tip for the party season
Alternate between alcohol and soft drinks (ideally water) and you’ll look much better the next day, will avoid a hangover and less likely to endure any office embarrassment!