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Shae Killey4 years ago

If you live in Townsville & enjoy a drink, read on!

It's no secret that drinking alcohol on a regular basis can cause some long-term health issues, but how exactly does it affect us cosmetically? If you're a Townsville local who likes to drink, but also likes to look good, you may not know the full implications of your actions. If you've spent one too many afternoons drinking beer at the Barrier Reef Hotel or consistently overindulging on red wine after dinner, you may start to notice a change in your skin's appearance - for the worse. But why is this so? We've done our research and found out how exactly alcohol abuse affects our skin and a few ways you can reduce the effects.

Alcohol promotes aging

Anyone who has suffered a hangover before would know all about the affects of alcohol dehydrating your brain. But, a lesser known fact is that it also dehydrates your entire body (particularly your skin)! Alcohol forces your kidneys to work harder and leaves your organs (skin included) parched. Dry skin not only accelerates the aging process, but can sometimes even cause greyness of colour.

Suffer from skin issues

Alcohol increases blood flow and dilates the little blood cells closest to the skin, often causing broken capillaries and sometimes causing permanent redness. If you suffer from skin conditions like rosacea, these can worsen with alcohol consumption.

Facial bloating

Just like over consumption of alcohol can bloat your belly (also known as beer gut), it can also bloat your face! Because alcohol is dehydrating your body, your body tries to store all the fluids you ingest, causing your tissues to swell all over your body!

It even affects your hair

Just like dehydration causes you to bloat and age, it also affects your hair. Lack of moisture in your hair can cause it to become weak and predisposed to split ends. Also, over-consumption of alcohol has also been linked to hair loss.

Tips for reducing effects

I know it seems like the obvious answer, but the less you drink, the less likely you are to suffer from any of these negative skin impacts. If you’re looking for more solutions, the next best thing would be to drink more water. As most of these skin problems are caused due to dehydration, if you stay on top of your fluids throughout the night and before you go to bed, your skin is less likely to suffer. Also, you may want to consider eating before drinking, choosing what type of alcohol you drink very carefully and washing your face before hitting the sack.

Need professional help with your skin?

Michelle’s Skin & Body Solutions

Tried these tips and still suffering from bad skin? Head down to Castletown Shoppingworld and have the award-winning team at the Michelle’s Skin and Body Solutions take a look. These skincare specialists have been treating the skin of Townsville locals for over 30 years. Whether you need skin treatments, facials, waxing or electrolysis, book an appointment with the Michelle’s Skin and Body Solutions and they won’t let you down.
Where: Cnr Woolcock Street & Kings Road Castletown Shoppingworld Townsville City QLD

Skinworx Skin Cosmetic & Wellness Centre

Looking after your skin can be a hassle, especially if you have a disorder which is yet to be diagnosed. The staff at Skinworx Skin Cosmetic and Wellness Centre are experts in skin diagnostics and corrective skin health. They offer a range of services including sclerotherapy (injection of veins), skin cancer treatments, non-surgical facial rejuvenation and contouring. Not only will they find out what exactly is making your skin misbehave, but they can tailor premium treatments to suit your needs; so what are you waiting for?
Where: Nathan St Vincent QLD

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