beer-flightYou know that saying “You are what you eat”? Most people can recognize the truth in this saying to a certain extent, such as being able to connect that greasy piece of pizza that we ate and why our skin broke out later. What a lot of people don’t know, is that other things that we consume can have a big effects on our skin & bodies. One example, is alcohol. As men’s skin care experts, your team of friendly barbers and stylists at 18|8 Westwood recommend keeping your consumption of alcohol to a minimum. Here are a quick guide to alcohol’s negative effects on your skin.

Redness & Irritation

For some people, drinking alcohol results in the skin on their face taking on a pink or reddish appearance, and is commonly referred to as “rosy cheeks”.  What causes this redness and flushing is the release of something called “histamine” that comes from consuming alcohol.  This histamine causes our bodies to react similar to an allergic reaction, hence the redness, irritation & occasional swelling.

Draining Vital Nutrients

Even though you are drinking liquid, alcohol dehydrates you. When your body becomes dehydrated, you lose the essential fluids that contain nutrients to keep your skin, and the rest of your body, healthy.  If you drink too much, you’ll start to notice that you skin will look and feel dry and flaky.  Also, your body’s natural response to dehydration is to try to store water, so often times you’ll notice bloating or puffiness around your eyes.

Long-Term Damage

If you’re a regular drinker who consumes more than two alcoholic beverages per day, your skin is  constantly being robbed of the vital fluids and nutrients it needs.  This will lead it to age prematurely, eventually developing fine lines & wrinkles and making you look older. Long-term consumption of alcohol can also worsen pre-existing skin conditions like rosacea to leave your skin swollen, red, dry and flaky.

Taking Care Of Your Skin

The best thing you can do to avoid skin damage due to the consumption of alcohol is obviously to stop drinking, or at least cut back and be smart when it comes to how much you drink on a regular basis.  We also recommend visiting us at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon for an invigorating and rejuvenating facial to help your skin look and feel it’s best.  Just book your appointment with us online through our online booking form, give us a call at (781) 917-3333, or stop by the salon in Westwood, MA.