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Jul 13, 2017

In the quest for perfect skin, we’ll try everything--the newest serum, juice cleanse, or cosmetic fix--when one solution is staring us in the face. Forget finding the next best thing.
Cut back on the cocktails. 

The Booze
It’s a no-brainer that alcohol has a negative effect on our skin. But to what degree? 

Drinking basically makes it impossible for your body to stay hydrated. "Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes you to pee more," NYC-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, tells SELF. "But it also hinders the production of the hormone vasopressin. That hormone helps you reabsorb water. So alcohol is kind of a double whammy, in that it's forcing out water and making it harder for your body to rehydrate itself."


Thirsty Skin
Besides dehydrating your skin, alcohol inflames the tissue creating red, spidery veins. Continuous drinking through the years can lead to a facial flushing that’s difficult to remove. “Alcohol is actually one of the worst, most aggressive compounds to destroy your skin,” says New York nutritionist Jairo Rodriguez.” It strips the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients and, because skin is dry, fine lines and wrinkles can easily appear.


The Fix

Be choosy with your booze.
Stick to light liquors such as grain alcohol, gin, vodka, and white rum which all have less congeners (chemical substances) than bourbon or whiskey. Congeners, combined with the ethanol in alcohol, can make last night’s party, this morning’s hell.

Hydrate pre-party.
It won’t remedy the situation but drinking water before drinks are dealt will at least limit dehydration. Alternating each drink with water means fewer headaches, too.

You know. That thing about ditching the shot glass and going home early.