You probably already know that indulging in several beers or gin and tonics a few times a week isn’t necessarily healthy, but there is a high possibility that you are unaware of how much it ages you.
As you grow older, you start to metabolize alcohol at a slower rate. The longer the booze stays in your system, the more alcohol builds up in your bloodstream, which puts you at greater risk for damaging effects.
A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that people who drank excessively were 33 percent more likely to have age-related gray rings around the corneas of their eyes known as arcus senilis, which doesn’t typically occur until at least age 60.
Furthermore, Alcohol can lead to wrinkles and broken blood vessels. Just one night out drinking can dehydrate your skin to a point where wrinkles and fine lines become temporarily more noticeable. It’s even worse for people who have naturally dry skin.
If you drink heavily, regularly, you could face some potentially irreversible skin damage. Alcohol also causes blood vessels at the skin’s surface to dilate. For intermittent drinkers, this causes temporary skin flushing.
However, over time, the capillaries can dilate so much that they actually burst, creating visible red and purple veins, especially across the face and cheeks.
While your skin can regain its supple and dewy complexion after several days of rehydration, broken blood vessels are a lot harder to fix. Once the changes of broken blood vessels have developed, they will certainly not reverse on their own. Treatments such as laser therapy and some topical products can help to improve the appearance.
It is however much easier to keep your skin hydrated in the first place. Health experts recommend drinking at least one glass of water before you take your first sip of wine and then “alternating alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic ones, including seltzer water, orange juice spritzers or even still water.
Drinking water between alcoholic beverages help to combat ethanol-induced dehydration, which will help your skin to look better the next day.