Ever notice that after a fun night of drinking with your friends, your skin looks… well… just different? I have bad news — it’s not the hangover. It’s what happens to your skin after drinking a little too much alcohol.
Knowing how to detox your skin after a night of drinking is essential to taking care of your skin. And it’s not as if the effects go away with your hangover. It can take days for your skin to recover.
The Effects of Alcohol on Your Skin
I know that for a lot of us, having that glass of wine is just what you need to unwind after a stressful day at work. But I’m talking about partying and drinking all weekend. Drinking so much that you become intoxicated. That’s what does a number on your skin — both in the short and long term.
When we drink too much alcohol, we become ultra dehydrated. So our bodies try to compensate by retaining all the water we have left — otherwise known as bloating. A lot of that bloating will appear in your face, especially around the eyes.
Rapidly Aging Skin
Over time, years of drinking can cause the skin to be perpetually dry. The dryness can contribute to wrinkles and general damage to the skin. (And it’s even worse if you’re a fan of sugary, mixed drinks.) Over time, frequent hangovers can contribute to the breakdown of collagen in the skin.
Redness and Inflammation
You might notice that whenever you start drinking, your face is a little red and flushed.
Alcohol can inflame the tissue of our skin and other organs. Our immune systems respond by sending histamines, which causes our skin to appear red. Generally, not too big of a deal. But in the long term, alcohol can cause rosacea flare-ups and permanent redness.
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol diminishes our body’s vitamin A. Without enough vitamin A, our skin cells can’t regenerate fast enough, leaving our skin looking dull and gray.
If you ate a bunch of greasy food last night, expect a breakout of acne and even worse bloating. Foods like fries, burgers, and wings are full of sodium and preservatives, which will only irritate your skin even more.