We’ve been told time and time again that we are what we eat and that our diets can have a direct effect on the appearance of our skin. But, did you know that what you drink can be contributing to your skincare woes as well? It’s true!
In fact, there’s one drink, in particular, that dermatologists recommend cutting from your diet because of its negative impact on the skin–it’s alcohol.
Alcohol is a toxin with little nutrient value and can contribute to poorer liver function, reduced immunity, hormone disruption, cell damage, and insulin issues all impacting on the quality, appearance, and aging of your skin,” Sonya Dakar, celebrity esthetician and founder/CEO of Sonya Dakar skincare and Skin Clinic, tells INSIDER.
Alcohol can also contribute to excessive dryness and dullness in the skin because it is a diuretic. “It dehydrates the skin and will cause your wrinkles and pores to be more visible,” Tess Mauricio, MD, FAAD, and CEO of MBeautyClinic.com, explains. “Your skin will lose its natural plumpness and healthy glow.
Dakar says that the best thing you can do is slowly eliminate alcohol from your diet and introduce more water for healthy, hydrated skin. “I can always tell who is a drinker when I look at their skin and see puffy under eyes, red skin, or a red nose, pasty skin, and even broken capillaries,” she notes. “Over one year of not drinking alcohol, your liver will be healthier and better at detoxifying your body. The healthier you are, the more beautiful your skin looks, so our skin will be more healthy and glowing.”