Whether you’re a hard-core party girl who likes to indulge in a drink or two or you are someone that likes to wind down with a book and a glass of wine (or three!) after a long day at work – either way, alcohol will have the same effect on your skin. And we get it, ignorance is bliss. However, denying facts won’t get you anywhere, so don’t just skim through this article. Read on to know how and what alcohol is bad for your skin.  
 
Without further ado, here is a list of 5 alcoholic drinks that are detrimental to your skin.
 
Red wine

Red wine

Everyone loves that natural flush on their cheeks – unfortunately though, red wine gives you a face flush that looks closer to a rash. As a vasodilator, alcohol widens your blood vessels, including those that are closest to the skin. This in turn increases the blood flow to your face, to the point where your skin appears irritated and unnaturally red. Red wine has the largest impact when it comes to skin, making it one of the worst alcohols for your skin.
 

Margaritas

Margaritas

No matter how good this salty-sweet drink tastes, you can’t ignore what downing this drink can do to our skin. Everyone knows that sugar is bad for skin, but did you think about salt?  When in combination with the high levels of sodium that comes with the iconic salt-rimmed glass, this drink definitely does not do your skin any good. Salt can contribute to bloating, which makes your face look puffy and basically makes your skin look bad.
 

Sweet cocktails

Sweet cocktails

Despite their deceivingly innocent appearance, cocktails have the double negative of both high levels of sugar and a sufficient amount of alcohol to harm your skin. Sugar is like cancer to our skin – just because it’s hidden in a drink, doesn’t mean it’s not there! Even worse, cocktails are often mixed with juices or sodas, further increasing sugar levels in your drink. By increasing the amount of insulin that is present in the blood, sugar triggers the inflammation of your skin, giving rise to acne and other skin issues.
 
 

White wine

White wine

Similar to red wine, white wine is also harmful as it can aggravate skin conditions like rosacea by elevating the amount of blood that travels to the face, thereby enhancing your already red complexion. In addition to this, white wine also makes you more susceptible to developing skin cancer, otherwise known as melanoma.
 
 

Beer

Beer

Beer is another alcohol that harms the skin. Because of the way it is fermented, beer has a significantly higher carb content than red or white wine. This makes you more susceptible to the skin troubles that come with consuming lots of sugar. In addition to this, beer also has relatively high salt content, which dehydrates your skin and enhances your eye bags.