How Much Do Booze And Coffee Really Affect Your Complexion?
Written by Kerry Benjamin
Everyone is different, but we like to think that listening to your body is key. Have you ever had a splitting headache the morning after a few glasses of wine? While most of us would remedy this with a large cup of coffee, we should really think twice about doing this. Our bodies are trying to tell us something – give me water. Not only can the effects of booze and coffee be dangerous for your insides, but can also seriously affect your appearance!
But, Why does this happen?
Alcohol and coffee’s effect on your skin is actually very similar to its effect on the rest of your body: it sucks up all the hydration, and leaves you dry, bloated, and red. When you drink coffee and booze, it hinders the production of vasopressin, which is an anti-diuretic hormone that causes your kidneys to work extra hard to remove excess water from your system, sending water to your bladder instead of your organs. And while many of us don’t realize it, our skin is the largest organ in your entire body and drinking a lot of coffee and alcohol leaves it dehydrated!
- Alcohol also robs your body of Vitamin A, which is essential for cell renewal and turnover. This vitamin is also responsible for keeping your skin young and vibrant! Drinking too much alcohol could render your skin dull and gray.
- When you add cream to your coffee this increases the risk promoting acne due to the added hormones in our dairy products. So not only is the coffee dehydrating your skin, but it can also be causing breakouts!
3 Ways to keep your skin healthy
- Hydrate: If you are the several cups of coffee a day, and/or a daily wine drinker, make sure you try to compensate for all of the lost hydration. Being dehydrated means losing moisture in your skin, leading to more skin problems including dullness, loss of firmness and even pimples. Drink water to keep your insides healthy and use humectant and occlusive ingredients to maintain proper hydration levels for your skin. We recommend HA Hydrating Serum.
- Nourish Your Skin: Keeping your skin nourished is always important, but especially if you are a big on drinking coffee or alcohol. There are many different ways out there to keep your skin healthy and nourished, including Vitamin D and A masks to replenish your skin of its nutrients, facial treatments, moisturizing masks to hydrate your skin, and avocado or flaxseed oil. Combining and switching treatments with proper exfoliation is imperative in keeping our skin glowing and radiant.
- Moderation: Last but not least, moderation is crucial. Try cutting down on the amount of coffee and alcohol you drink, and try replacing it with water, juices, fruits and veggies! Real foods will give your skin and body the nutrients and hydration it needs to maintain healthy, glowing skin. A drink every now and then certainly hasn’t hurt anybody, but drinking in moderation is key in maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.