Alcohol Can Damage your Skin

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE understands how important a good skin care regimen is, but feeding your skin from the inside is just as important is feeding it on the outside.

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some beauty secrets that will help keep your skin looking young, healthy, smooth, and supple. Of course, that means the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural family skincare line on the outside, but we want to concentrate on feeding your skin from the inside as well.


Everyone likes a cocktail now and again, but what does it really do to your skin? Is a shot of tequila worse than a beer or vise versa?

According to Dr. David Colber, founder of the NY Dermatology Group, alcohol is a hepatotoxin. Alcohol also contains congeners. These substances are produced during fermentation. Those same congeners cause hangovers.


Alcohol also dehydrates your skin. This means when you wake up in the morning your skin will not be as fresh or as plump as it normally is.

Alcohol isn’t the only thing that can affect your skin. The mixers that you add to clear shots of tequila, gin, and vodka can be loaded with salt or sugar. The best alcohol to consume would be clear shots like gin, rum, or vodka, but it is important to remember that people tend to drink more when they are imbibing with shots.


Next on the list would be dark shots of tequila, rum, or whiskey as there are fewer additives, however, the difference between dark and light alcohol is the extra fermentation that goes into dark alcohol. The more congeners in your drink, the faster your skin will age.

Sweet mixed drinks can lead to systemic inflammation. That along with the extra carbs in drinks like Mojitos and Pina Coloda’s can cause cell damage, which will age your skin. The less sugar you consume in your alcoholic drinks the better. Avoid drinks mixed with energy drinks, soda, or orange juice. Remember, sugar can also cause acne as it spikes your levels of insulin. Sugar hangovers mixed with a regular hangover will result in bloodshot eyes and sallow looking skin.


Beer and wine can also affect your skin. Beer contains salt, which could give you thirsty skin and swollen eyes. It’s your body’s way of telling you that you need to drink water to rid your body of the salt.



Red wine has benefits, and can actually counteract the aging process as it supports the health of your skin. White wine on the other hand contains both salt and sugar leading to bloating and swollen skin. Unfortunately, white wine does not have the same health benefits that red wine does.