The 7 Worst Alcoholic Drinks For Your Skin

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The 7 Worst Alcoholic Drinks For Your Skin NBC

The holiday season is nearly upon us, which means that a lot of you might be kicking back and enjoying the time off work with a drink with some good mates. 

But while you’re getting all dolled up with a killer outfit and stellar makeup, only to come home and make sure you wash it all off before bed to avoid getting bad skin - you might not realise just how bad the drinks were for your skincare regime… 

But are there certain drinks that will be worse for our skin than others? You betcha!


Dr. Sam Bunting, a leading dermatoligist in London, spoke to Cosmopolitan U.K to rank the 7 drinks in order from ‘bad to worst’ for your skin!

7. Tequila 

According to Dr Bunting, "Tequila has less sugar than most other alcoholic counterparts, so it's less likely to trigger inflammation and breakouts.

"Skip the salt, and there's less chance of a major hangover. This is because tequila is a highpurity spirit and doesn’t contain the congeners of darker spirits like whisky or rum.” 

BUT, if you drink lots of this stuff, your skin is really going to suffer. 

So will your head. 

6. Beer

"Whilst beer does contain some salt, it also has some redeeming qualities.

"It contains antioxidants and other anti-ageing benefits.

"Plus, beer has less alcohol in it than spirits and people tend to drink it slower so it will have a less dehydrating effect than other more potent forms.” 

5. Gin & Tonic OR Vodka Tonic

"Gin and vodka are both free of congeners (so less likely to produce the symptoms of a hangover). They are also relatively low in sugar and salt, provided you go for diet tonic, so all in all the spirits are less unkind to the skin than their cocktail counterparts.”

4. White Wine

"White wine is high in sugar, which leads to systemic inflammation, this means that it ultimately contributes to cell damage and increased skin ageing.

"White wine has zero redeeming qualities, as there is nothing in it to offer the skin in terms of health benefits.”

3. Mojito 

"As we just covered, sugar anywhere in the diet, along with other excessive carbs, leads to systemic inflammation, which can lead to increased skin ageing. The less sugar you take in with your alcohol, the better for your long-term wrinkle risk. Unfortunately mojitos are loaded with sugar/sugar syrup, as are drinks mixed with Red Bull, fruit juices or Coca-Cola.

“Sugar also causes acne by spiking your insulin levels, causing inflammation throughout the body.” 

2. Margarita 

“A margarita serves up as a double-whammy due to the dangerous due of sugar AND salt.

“This leads to the puffy faced look we associate with a hangover, not to mention the other potentially ageing effects of sugar long-term.” 

1. Red Wine

"Alcohol is a vasodilator, meaning it promotes the opening of blood vessels in the skin, which is how it leads to increased redness. Red wine is one of the worst culprits, as it’s also a histamine releaser which again promotes redness and flushing. 

"This makes it the worst drink, particularly if you're prone to redness or with rosacea."