If you drink alcohol you may be doing lasting damage to your skin. However, the good news is that there are some things you can do to reverse any damage done and also reduce the effects that alcohol has on your skin.
A drink every now and again is not going to do major damage to your skin, but even a glass of wine with dinner every night, depending on your age, can have lasting impacts on your skin.
One of the main reasons alcohol can damage your skin is dehydration. Alcohol actually takes all of the fluid out of your skin. This can cause serious damage over years of drinking. If you were a casual drinker in your 20s and now you have a drink every now and again, you likely won't see many effects. However, if you drank heavily in your 20s and still like to have one to two alcoholic drinks a night, the damage to your skin can be devastating.
There is also the problem that alcohol causes inflammation in your skin. At first it may take the form of redness in your face or neck, but over time this inflammation can have lasting impacts on your skin that can be difficult to reverse.
The good news is that both of these issues can be fairly easy to take care of by taking some simple steps.
The first step is to reduce the amount of drinking you are doing. If you're drinking two glasses a day, you might want to cut down to one per day. If you're more of a once a week drinker, try once a month instead. The reduction in consumption is one of the best things you can do to make sure your skin stays radiant.
One of the other major things you can do that will have a tremendous impact on staving off the damage done by alcohol to your skin is to hydrate while drinking alcohol. Here, the general rule of thumb is to have one glass of water for every drink that you have. Keeping yourself hydrated will help you stave off dehydration of your skin as well as prevent you from becoming overly intoxicated.
When drinking you should do so responsibly, both for your skin, but also for your overall health.