Hangover. No one likes to hear or feel that word. However, it still happens and many people don’t realize that drinking alcohol in excess can have a negative impact on one’s appearance. Alcohol dehydrates your body including the skin, affecting many aspects of it. Those extra cocktails can be adding years to your face, including poor texture and lack of radiance.
Here’s a look at what alcohol can do, damaging your appearance:
Alcohol will dehydrate your hair, making it more prone to breaking and split ends. Weak, brittle hair can not only premature wrinkling but can also add ten years to someone’s appearance. Brittle hair makes it difficult to style and takes away for that effortless look.
Dark circles and bloodshot eyes:
We have all been there before. Waking up after a night drinking, looking in the mirror, and not recognizing yourself. Drinking can impair sleep, making it difficult to reach a full cycle. This in return, causes extreme tiredness, dark circles, and bloodshot eyes. It also makes your skin look dull and suffocated due to a lack of hydration.
Some tips to avoid a “skin hangover” include:
1. Staying hydrated:
This is number one. Never forget that while drinking cocktails, drinking water is also important. Drinking a full glass of water for every cocktail you have will help your skin immensely. Ensure to drink more water before you go to bed to flush the alcohol out of your system, waking up less dehydrated and puffy. If it helps, eat a small, healthy snack like whole wheat crackers or popcorn to rid the body of alcohol.
2. Take care of your skin before bed:
Do NOT forget to fully wash your face before going to bed. Hydrating the skin with an effective moisturizer serum is also key. If worse comes to worse, keep a pack of cleansing towelettes in your bathroom for nights you are too tired to wash your face.
4. Best makeup tips:
To camouflage, the redness in the face, use a green-tinted primer before applying makeup, which helps neutralize redness. If you must use foundation, look for a lightweight, moisturizing formula. Avoid excess makeup the next day to allow the skin to breathe and revitalize itself.
6. Last but not least, choose your booze wisely:
If you are going to consume alcohol know that different alcohols have different effects on the skin. One of the most important rules: the clearer, the better. Vodka, gin and tequila leave your system the fastest. Most dermatologists agree that although everyone metabolizes alcohol differently if you remember to drink in moderation and stay hydrated, you can save your skin. So, be smart about your drink preference, drink a lot of water, and treat your skin with respect!