Is alcohol RUINING your looks? Expert reveals the tell-tale signs of ‘wine face’ – including fine lines, dry patches and dullness (Excerpt)
Katie White, from London, reveals that alcohol is a ‘key offender’ into ageing skin
Dehydration from alcohol effects the production of natural collagen in your face
Prep your body with bitter food and drinks to support the liver before drinking
Massaging your face with a Gua sha tool improved the circulation in your face
By SARAH FINLEY
7 October 2019
A top facialist reveals why a few glasses of wine can age your face dramatically and how you you can correct these signs with some quick tricks.
Katie White, from Hackney in London, who has just launched her own skin studio, called re:lax in East London, reveals that alcohol is a ‘key offender’ into why your face could start to see signs of ageing.
She reveals that when you drink alcohol your skin gets dehydrated – effecting the production of natural collagen, while the sugar from wine can effect blood sugar levels and start a process called glycation, which damages the skin in the form of fine lines and wrinkles.
However there are a few key tricks to limiting and reversing these signs – including prepping your body with bitter food and drinks to support the liver, such such as rocket and dandelion tea.
Meanwhile, massaging your face with a Gua sha tool to redirect energy flow and improve the circulation in your face helps to produce more collagen.
Alcohol is a diuretic
Katie, who is also a nutritionist, as well as a skin therapist, reveals that alcohol intake is one of the first things clients ask her about.
‘It is so often a key offender in skin not looking as glowy and perky as it could. When we’re dehydrated our skin lacks hydration which can lead to dullness, dryness and loss of plumpness in skin’.
‘Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it increase production and excretion of urine.
‘As our body will priories vital organs such as the brain or liver – connective tissue such as collagen (which keeps skin youthful) is one of the first things to stop receiving hydration which can lead the formation of wrinkles.’
Alcohol effects sleep
Ever woken up after a few too many glasses of wine and wondered why you’re so tired still and you have bags under your eyes?
‘Alcohol is really effective at disrupting sleep patterns. It suppresses the body’s production of melatonin which is an essential for good quality sleep. Research has shown that a moderate dose of alcohol reduced melatonin production by almost 20 per cent,’ says Katie.
‘When we sleep our skin rebuilds collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots. Poor sleep means less opportunity to repair.’
‘Many alcoholic beverages have a high sugar content which increases blood sugar levels,’ says the skin therapist.
‘Sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin proteins in the skin through a process called glycation. This process produces advanced glycosylation end-products (AGEs).
‘AGEs damage the skin in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and sallowness. It can also interfere with the production of new collagen and elastin which we need to keep the dermal matrix strong and tight.’