I recently celebrated my 34th birthday. Over the past few years, I have become more aware of the lifestyle choices and what I put in and onto my body. Our skin is the largest organ. When there is an issue within the body it will often present on the skin first. You can tell a lot about an individual’s wellness by the health and appearance of someone’s skin and the clarity of the eyes. While genetics do play a role in how gracefully we age, our lifestyle has much more of an impact. While we can’t do much about the genetics we were dealt, we can make significant changes in our lifestyle to benefit our wellness. So here it is, my top secret, unbelievable beauty secret for healthy, younger looking skin—I don’t drink. Not drinking is one of my biggest beauty secrets and let me tell you why.
Alcohol is a hepatotoxin that specifically attacks cells in the liver and causes inflammation. The liver is responsible for removing all toxic substances from your blood. Alcohol inhibits collagen production; collagen keeps our skin firm and prevents wrinkles. Combined with the constant dehydration, wrinkles tend to become very pronounced in heavy drinkers, specifically between the eyebrows, an area on the face that Chinese medicine links to the liver. Alcohol dilates blood vessels and eventually causes capillaries to burst on the face and eyes. The cute blushing you may have experienced in your twenties can turn into a permanent red completion later in life, especially if you have fair skin.
Alcohol can also trigger rosacea and cause a permanent disfiguring of the facial tissues, especially on and around the nose ( think W.C. Fields). It’s also notorious for creating enlarged pours. Pours will enlarge in a frantic effort to expel toxins. Over time they lose their ability to close back up. If you are able and willing to limit your drinking to an occasional glass of wine, or stop drinking all together, your liver and skin will certainly thank you. Let me be real here, alcoholism is a serious disease, one that can have devastating effects. If you or a loved one is having trouble with their drinking, there are many support resources available to you. If you decide to cut back or stop, there are holistic protocols to support your liver and reverse and arrest some of the damaging effects of alcohol. Let’s chat.