Why Alcohol Is Making Us Age Faster - Moderation is key

skin health Jan 22, 2023

As we age, our skin starts to show signs of aging such as wrinkles, loss of firmness, and hyperpigmentation. While the natural aging process can be inevitable, drinking alcohol can speed up the process and make us look much older than we actually are.

Let's explore how alcohol affects your skin, how to protect it from damage caused by drinking, how to reverse the damage, and what treatments are available for aging skin.

So if you want to keep your skin looking young and fresh for longer, drink less alcohol and book a skin consult with us now!

The effects of alcohol on skin

When it comes to aging and the effects of alcohol on skin, there are a few things to be aware of.

- Increased redness in the face - Alcohol consumption can lead to a flushed complexion and enlarged blood vessels. This is because when we drink alcohol, our blood vessels expand, causing our face to look redder and more flushed than usual.

- Dehydrated skin - Alcohol also dehydrates the skin, which in turn can lead to dryness, tightness, and wrinkles. Dehydrated skin becomes less elastic over time, leading to premature aging.

- Sun sensitivity - Alcohol consumption makes the skin much more sensitive to UV rays from the sun. This can lead to sunburns or other forms of damage from prolonged exposure.

-Damaged skin barrier - Alcohol can also weaken the skin's barrier function by reducing collagen production - this can result in inflammation and the early onset of wrinkles due to decreased moisture retention in the skin.

-Cell Damage - Alcohol consumption increases free radical production which has been linked with cellular damage that contributes to aging skin cells faster than normal.

By understanding how alcohol affects your skin and taking proactive steps towards protecting it from damage caused by drinking, you'll be able to keep your youthful glow for longer and delay signs of aging as much as possible!

How alcohol speeds up the aging process

 It is clear that alcohol consumption can cause accelerated aging by depleting the body's resources, damaging collagen and elastin, as well as promoting oxidative stress and inflammation. With this in mind, it is important to approach alcohol intake with caution in order to prevent premature aging of the skin. By limiting your alcohol consumption to a moderate amount and drinking plenty of water between drinks, you can help keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant for years to come.

The best ways to protect your skin from the damage alcohol causes

1. The best way to protect your skin from the damage alcohol causes is to limit your consumption. The recommended weekly intake for men and women is 14 units, or six pints of beer, seven glasses of wine or fourteen single 25ml measures of spirits. Drinking within these guidelines will help reduce the risk of wrinkles, dryness and age spots developing.

2. It’s also important to stay hydrated as alcohol can be dehydrating. Drink plenty of water alongside any alcoholic beverages you consume and aim for at least 8-10 glasses a day so your body has enough resources to repair itself. Additionally, try switching up drinks with a more hydrating option such as soda water with a splash of juice or a mocktail.

3. Daily skincare should become part of your routine if you are drinking frequently. Cleansers, toners and moisturizers that contain antioxidants can help fight off the effects of free radicals which cause skin damage and premature aging. Our EASTND in.house B Serum, a natural, safe alternative to retinol,  is especially beneficial as they help boost collagen production which helps make the skin look younger and smoother.

4. Microneedling is another great option if you want to reverse some existing damage caused by alcohol consumption. This technique involves using tiny needles on the face that stimulate collagen production while creating micro-injuries in the skin’s surface which encourages healing and new cell growth. Microneedling can be combined with other treatments such as chemical peels for optimum results.

How to reverse the damage alcohol has already done to your skin

Consuming alcohol can have a detrimental effect on your health, including accelerating the aging process. Although it is wise to practice moderation when drinking, sometimes this is easier said than done. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to undo already existing damage and restore your skin's youthful look.

The most effective approach:

- is to reduce your intake of alcohol and set goals like limiting yourself to a maximum of two drinks per week or switch out alcoholic beverages for non-alcoholic alternatives such as sparkling water or natural fruit juice without added sugar.

- use skincare products that include powerful antioxidants such as bakuchiol and hyaluronic acid can help repair damaged cells in the skin and reduce signs of premature aging like wrinkles, dark spots, and dryness caused by excessive drinking. These ingredients are known for their pro-aging benefits and provide intense hydration that will keep your complexion looking healthy and glowing.

- Finally, getting adequate sleep each night enables your body to heal itself from any harm caused by overdrinking. Aim for at least seven hours of high-quality rest which helps improve circulation, boost collagen production, mend tissue damage, ease inflammation levels, and retard age-related issues like sagging skin or wrinkles.

By making these lifestyle changes coupled with an effective skincare regimen featuring antioxidant-rich products containing both vitamin C & hyaluronic acid you'll be able to undo the effects of alcohol consumption on your appearance!

The best treatments for aging skin

Aging skin due to alcohol consumption can be treated effectively with a variety of options:

- The most popular and successful remedy is microneedling, which involves the use of tiny needles to stimulate collagen production in the skin, reducing wrinkles and dark spots while improving texture.

- Other treatments such as chemical peels or injections of platelet-rich plasma offer more intensive results, but should only be done by the experienced professionals at EASTND Moncton.

Natural remedies like bakuchiol and hyaluronic acid are also effective for smoothing wrinkles and restoring firmness to the skin, while nourishing oils like jojoba or coconut oil can help soothe dry or damaged areas where alcohol has taken its toll.

Ultimately however, prevention is key when it comes to preserving healthy looking skin: minimizing alcohol intake will go a long way towards keeping your complexion youthful over time!

Are you in Moncton? Take this opportunity to have a professional natural skin rejuvenation treatment with our medical aesthetician at EASTND.


MONCTON at 1.506.830.8333 or email at [email protected] 

Karen, Medical Aesthetician

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