Ladies it’s time we had “the talk”.
We are all blissfully aware that drinking alcohol is not good for you, and while the odd drink or two with the gals won’t do much harm to your body and skin, the #WanchaiWednesdays ladies night and the nonstop drinking culture in Hong Kong will definitely leave visible signs of damage way after the hangover has gone. All alcohol dehydrates your skin and if you’re prone to dry or irritable skin, you might want to hold back on the boozy brunches, but if you wanted to find out how your tipple will take it’s toll take a peek below:
Sadly we’re hitting you with the hard stuff first. Liqueurs take the biggest toll of your skin as they strip the nutrients (such as vitamins A, B3 and C) away whilst dehydrating your body and lower the oxygen levels in your skin. However, dark liqueurs such as whiskey and dark rum take their toll the most due to the extra time that they need to ferment and therefore contain more impurities.
If you’re partial to the hard drinks and cocktails you’ll notice over time that the higher alcohol content not only leaves you with hangovers for days (#30sFun), but it will also mean increased redness from dilated blood, so you’ll see flushed cheeks and a reddening nose. Which is why Asian’s aren’t the only people prone to flush! If you’re a heavy drinker, be careful! You can actually stretch your blood vessels, leading to broken capillaries (which means permanent redness, whether you’re drinking or not) and spider veins. Sexy- not.
Whilst our dearest love, wine, has a lower alcohol content and contains anti-oxidants (a brilliant reason to treat yourself to a glass at night), it also contains high amounts sugar which is never good news for your skin. Wine also contains tannins, which can cause irritation and flushing, especially in sensitive skin. However wine isn’t all bad for the skin, especially if you don’t drink it, and using it for your skin instead; which is why we’re such a fan of Caudalie facials and have even tried to make our own wine based facials!
Just like wine, beer contains anti-oxidants and also has some nutrients in there which are brilliant at tackling anti-aging signs. However just like wine, it is better to mix these into a facial than to drink it all at Beertopia. The reason for this? Beer has a serious salt problem, which should come as no surprise to anyone, but you may not realise that it’s also the most dehydrating drink you can choose. The reason behind this is that unless you drink ultra hipster gluten free beer, most conventional beers are made from grain, aka gluten. Gluten raises your blood sugar, which is why we always feel blissfully happy eating pizza, pasta and delicious french bread which not only makes you crave more sugar but also destroys cells faster and lowers vitamin B levels.
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Ladies it’s time we had “the talk”. We are all blissfully aware that drinking alcohol is not good for you, and while the odd drink or two with the gals won’t do much harm to your body and skin, the #WanchaiWednesdays ladies night and the nonstop drinking culture in Hong Kong will definitely leave visible…