Beer + BBQs = Bad Skin

The summer approaching also means tons of backyard BBQs and pool parties. As much fun as they are, these types of events (where there’s sun, junk food, and booze) can also impact your skin if you’re careless. Your skin depends on you to keep it nourished and hydrated, and when summer comes the heat alone can be brutal on your skin if you aren't protecting it – add in alcohol and some processed foods and your skin will really need some TLC.

Alcohol in general causes inflammation of the skin and has other side effects such as dehydration, enlarged pores, dullness, and fine lines, just to name a few. Many estheticians say that alcohol is one of the worst things for your skin. “Alcohol is a toxin with little nutrient value and can contribute to poorer liver function, reduced immunity, hormone disruption, cell damage, and insulin issues impacting on the quality, appearance, and ageing of your skin. Alcohol is also a diuretic, so you can lose plenty of skin cell-loving water from the body quite rapidly, leaving your skin dehydrated and dull,”  says nutritional therapist Lola Rose.

Combining the effects of alcohol with eating processed foods such as hot dogs –as delicious as they are – can be even more brutal for your skin. Processed meats contain high amounts of sodium which causes skin to be puffy and bloated the next day. Excesssugar in the diet, which often comes from highly refined grains and sugars in processed foods, can encourage the degradation of collagen and elastin in your skin. This leads to a loss of firmness, loss of elasticity, and an onslaught of premature sagging and wrinkles. On top of that, the inflammation that sugar causes in the body can aggravate conditions like acne and rosacea.

While BBQs and summer parties are a great time, the saying “everything in moderation” certainly applies to certain foods and alcohol. Indulging every so often is normal, however if it becomes a more common occurrence that’s when it can start to show effects on your skin.

Trust us, your skin will thank you!


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