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How Drinking Affects Your Skin

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The holiday season is upon us, and your inbox is probably starting to fill up with party invites.  Alcohol will be flowing, but before you partake, let’s go over how alcohol affects your skin and which ones to choose for the least amount of damage.  
Alcohol is a hepatotoxin.  This simply means it is a poison to the cells that detoxify the body.  It also contains congeners which are the main cause of hangovers. The more congeners you consume, the worse your hangover will be, and the worse you’ll look in the morning. It also dehydrates you, which leaves your skin dry. Dry skin is more likely to wrinkle and make you look old! Alcohol also depletes your body of Vitamin A, which is essential for cell renewal and turnover.  Without this, your skin looks dull and possibly even greyish.  
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:) Here are some helpful tips on what and how much to drink this holiday season to keep your skin glowing and flawless. 
  1. DRINK WATER - this is the best and simplest tip! Water is the only way to hydrate you from the inside out.  A good rule of thumb is for every drink, have 8 ounces of water.  
  2. PACE YOURSELF - Binge drinking is considered 5 drinks in 2 hours for men, and 4 drinks in 2 hours for women.  The average American consumes TWICE that in a night out of drinking.  The more alcohol in your system, the worse you’ll look the next day, so try pacing yourself to a beverage per hour.  Drinking that glass of water in between drinks will also help you slow down. 
  3. CHOOSE WISELY - Clear liquors like vodka, gin and tequila are a good choice, ONLY if you are not putting sugary mixers in it. They also have less congeners than dark liquor.  Choose a vodka soda with a splash of cranberry for a low sugar, but still tasty cocktail.  Red wine is also a good pick if drank moderately.  It contains antioxidants which actually benefit the skin.  Skip this if you have rosacea though, red wine can actually cause a flair up. 
Enjoy yourself this holiday! Drink wisely, and above all else, be safe! 

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