We all know that alcohol isn’t great, sure, it’s all fun and games when you’re singing Beyonce to a captivated audience of night bus dwellers, but it’s not-so good for your skin…
“There’s no doubt alcohol takes it’s toll on the skin” says Sam Bunting, one of London’s leading skincare experts. “Over the long-term, heavy drinking can lead to persistent inflammation, fixed redness and broken capillaries appearing.”
The fun doesn’t stop there, “alcohol also dehydrates, leaving skin dry, tight and lacklustre. It’s also frequently ingested alongside salty nibbles, and this can lead to facial puffiness, especially in areas of the face that are naturally prone to retaining fluid and swelling, like the under-eye area.”
“Finally, alcoholic drinks frequently represent a sugar load, which causes insulin levels to spike, and this creates an environment that promotes skin inflammation – so common conditions like acne can flare up.”
With all that in mind, we asked Dr Sam to rank 7 of our favourite drinks in order of ‘bad to worst’ for your skin. Here’s what she thought…17. Tequila – Not AS bad as you think
“Tequila has less sugar than most other alcoholic counterparts, so it’s less likely to trigger inflammation and breakouts.” Says Dr Sam Bunting.
“Skip the salt, and there’s less chance of a major hangover. This is because tequila is a high-purity spirit and doesn’t contain the congeners of darker spirits like whisky or rum.”
That being said, if you drink particularly high quantities of the stuff (aka, slamming tequila shots all night long), your skin and head will suffer. Take it from someone who knows.26. Beer – Bad, but not horrific
“Whilst beer does contain some salt, it also has some redeeming qualities” says Dr Sam. “It contains antioxidants and other anti-ageing benefits.” Who knew?!
“Plus, beer has less alcohol in it than spirits and people tend to drink it slower so it will have a less dehydrating effect than other more potent forms.”
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“Gin and vodka are both free of congeners (so less likely to produce the symptoms of a hangover). They are also relatively low in sugar and salt, provided you go for diet tonic, so all in all the spirits are less unkind to the skin than their cocktail counterparts.” Explains Dr Sam.
No wonder everyone is going crazy for Lidl’s £15.99 citrus gin…44. White Wine – Things are getting bad
Most of us are all too familiar with the pounding headache brought on by a night on the white wine, and surprise surprise it won’t do any favours for your skin, either…
“White wine is high in sugar, which leads to systemic inflammation, this means that it ultimately contributes to cell damage and increased skin ageing” says Dr Sam.
“White wine has zero redeeming qualities, as there is nothing in it to offer the skin in terms of health benefits.”53. Mojito – Preeeetty bad (especially for wrinkles)
“As we just covered, sugar anywhere in the diet, along with other excessive carbs, leads to systemic inflammation, which can lead to increased skin ageing. The less sugar you take in with your alcohol, the better for your long-term wrinkle risk. Unfortunately mojitos are loaded with sugar/sugar syrup, as are drinks mixed with Red Bull, fruit juices or Coca-Cola.” Explains Dr Sam.
And it’s not just wrinkles you have to worry about “sugar also causes acne by spiking your insulin levels, causing inflammation throughout the body.”
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“A margarita serves up a double whammy due to the dangerous duo of sugar AND salt.” Says Dr Sam. “This leads to the puffy faced look we associate with a hangover, not to mention the other potentially ageing effects of sugar long-term”.
There you have it… If life gives you limes, do not make margaritas.71. Red wine – Nooooooo 💔
Yup, I hate to break it to you, but red wine is pretty much the worst drink for your skin…
“Alcohol is a vasodilator, meaning it promotes the opening of blood vessels in the skin, which is how it leads to increased redness. Red wine is one of the worst culprits, as it’s also a histamine releaser which again promotes redness and flushing.” Says Dr Sam.
“This makes it the worst drink, particularly if you’re