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Three Ways Alcohol Busts Your Beauty Game

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The holidays are upon us and undoubtedly, you’re looking forward to Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s festivities. And, it’s likely that you’ll enjoy a celebratory cocktail or two during the holiday party season. But before you imbibe, it’s important that you know just how that extra glass of wine may affect your skin and hair – just when you want to look your best.

Here are three ways that alcohol can bust your beauty game:

  1. Alcohol accelerates aging: Drinking alcohol can jump start the aging process by sapping your skin of essential moisture, causing wrinkles. It also robs your body of vitamin A, an antioxidant that aids in cell renewal and turnover. A lack of vitamin A can leave your skin with a pale or grayish pallor.
  2. Alcohol exacerbates existing skin issues: If you have rosacea or psoriasis, know that consuming alcohol can trigger outbreaks. In fact, a full 52 percent of 1,066 patients surveyed by the National Rosacea Society cited drinking alcohol as the top trigger for a bout of the condition. But you need not have rosacea to suffer a potentially permanent redness of the skin. Alcohol temporarily increases blood flow and dilates the tiny blood vessels nearest the outer layer of your skin. This can cause those vessels to burst, leaving an enduring redness.
  3. Alcohol can wreck your tresses: Alcohol dehydrates not only your skin, but your hair, too. Resulting dry tresses are weak, brittle and more susceptible to split ends. Plus, excessive alcohol use can trigger a zinc deficiency in the body. This mineral promotes cell reproduction, tissue growth and repair and helps maintain the oil-secreting glands attached to our hair follicles. A lack of it can lead to hair loss.

To protect your skin, hair and overall health, limit your alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water and adopt a nutritious diet. Regular facial treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion will help keep your skin glowing. And if you’re experiencing unexplained hair loss, know that treatment is available. Visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island for a consultation.

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