Ban Alcohol From Baking You In Aging Oven

One Drink Irreversibly Damages Skin, Exposes to Cancer and Wrecks Coupling

Aging Oven - Healthy Living Magazine

Aging Oven - Healthy Living Magazine

We spend fortunes and a lifetime on cosmetic efforts, time and expense mounting with age. But if we only could see what a small dose of alcohol—just one drink—does to the skin on a cellular level—cutting vitamins and nutrients supply, destroying collagen, attacking membranes with free radicals, leaving cells vulnerable to grevious diseases—we would trade all the high end beauty arsenals of the world for simple abstinence. Mixing just one drink of alcohol with these youth-clinging exertions is like adding a grain of arsenic to carrot juice—neither skin nor body can respond to the good while being poisoned.

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Miswiring Of Brain Neurons Is A Major Turn Off

Do you know why a tipsy one is not attractive to the prospect’s subconsciousness? The subconscious scans for the appearance of perfect health, being genetically programmed to couple with reproductive benefits. The one with miswiring of brain neurons from even mildest alcohol consumption is subconsciously labeled as not healthy for a genetic (longterm) coupling although the attraction of an easy prey might be sufficient to be exploited. This might be the reason why coupling that occurs in drinking environments seldomly translates into respectful relationships. With another reason being an all-time classic: impaired judgment.

Active Toxins Battle Skin

The skin is the body’s largest and first organ to show alcohol damage. The skin cannot process its waste if the liver is overtaxed and there’s no question that alcohol is the organ’s number one enemy. A liver busy trying to metabolize toxic aldehydes (which cause cancer) means skin toxins remain intact, giving them the opportunity to damage cell membranes with their free radical activity.

Melted Collagen

Drinking speeds up the aging process because the body already begins losing collagen in the twenties and it interferes with collagen production, making the loss even greater. A hammer of an anti-nutrient, alcohol has absolutely no nutritional value; it negatively impacts levels of vitamin A, an antioxidant needed for mucous membranes and collagen production, lessening elasticity of the skin.

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Melanoma Brought From Holidays

According to authors of a study in the British Journal of Dermatology, which examined 16 different earlier analyses involving thousands of participants, consuming an alcoholic drink or more a day increases skin cancer risk by a fifth.

Summertime exposes the skin to greater solar exposure and a holiday in the sun involves alcohol for most people. Its ethanol is converted to acetaldehyde soon after ingestion, which renders the skin immediately more sensitive to harmful UV rays, the researchers said. Alcohol also dries out the skin, increasing its vulnerability to melanoma. Finally, drinking makes one more likely to be carelessly casual about sun exposure, staying out too long without adequate protection.

Why A Drinker’s Face Is So Distinct

Alcohol is an oxygen robber. Oxygen is needed by the skin to keep it moist.

The loss of moisture also robs the skin of nutrients since water is used to convey vitamin C (needed for collagen production) to the dermis.

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Alcohol is a vasodilator; it widens blood vessels including those that convey blood to the face. No wonder one can always tell who has had a drink by their puffy flushed skin. But here’s the rub: the next morning blood vessels won’t always snap back into place like elastic; modest alcohol consumption can lead to permanent vasodilation and blotched red skin associated with rosacea; damaged broken capillaries near the surface leave noteworthy spider-like tracks.

The skin bruises more easily with drinking because, again, alcohol robs the body of vitamin C.

Do you have a tendency to psoriasis? Women are especially prone to the dry patches that characterize the disease; even one drink can cause flare ups.

Alcohol stimulates oil-producing hormones. No wonder even after a single drink one is likely to wake up the next morning excessively groggy, perhaps hung over and with a brand new breakout.

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Altered Immunocompetence Opens Up For Cancer

“We know that in the presence of UV radiation drinking alcohol can alter the body’s immunocompetence, the ability to produce a normal immune response,” says Dr Eva Negri from the University of Milan. “This can lead to far greater cellular damage and subsequently cause skin cancers to form. This study aimed to quantify the extent to which the melanoma risk is increased with alcohol intake, and we hope that armed with this knowledge people can better protect themselves in the sun.” But that means not drinking.

Alcohol Ages Women More

The other variable is that alcohol impacts women at lower amounts and concentrations due to their smaller stature. Alcohol hits faster and harder and can overwhelm the skin’s defenses. The face’s skin ranks as some of the body’s most delicate but with alcohol-related collagen loss and capillary enlargement changes into a roughened weathered fence that eventually becomes soft with water retention.

Hangover Hardens With Age

When we are 18 and wake in the morning after a night of drinking we still look pretty; time is on our side. The wrinkles and lines aren’t there and we feel invincible, stepping out into the new day with rosy cheeks and no telltale signs of premature aging. When we turn 30 and wake after a night of drinking with puffy red skin and new lines around our eyes, we can do something about the problem with makeup and what’s left of our youthful glow. By 40, when we wake with deepened wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagging jowls or chipmunk cheeks, accented by dulled skin tone and uneven coloring, it is impossible to hide the damage—no amount of cosmetic repair can hide alcohol’s cumulative effects. The collagen and elasticity desert skin and vessels once and forever and all that can be done now is to lessen further destruction. And if you are of Asian descent, the calamity can be even worse. As many as 40% of northeastern Asians have been shown to lack an enzyme (acetaldehyde dehydrogenase) the liver needs to detoxify alcohol. Thus the morningafter effect on the skin is even more evident.

Red Bulbous Nose

A reddish bulbous nose is a telltale sign of severe rosacea and a survey of sufferers confirms that imbibing just one drink triggers the condition. For the 14 million Americans with rosacea, this link leaves sufferers appearing guilty as charged in people’s minds when it comes to drinking, but that is prejudice since other triggers also exist including excess sunlight. Still, a survey shows just one drink triggers rosacea among two out of three respondents in a 700-patient study by the National Rosacea Society.

Some drinks are worse than others. The percentage affected by just one drink of the following:

• Red wine, 76%
• White wine, 56%
• Beer, 41%
• Champagne, 33%
• Vodka, 33%
• Tequila, 28%
• Bourbon, gin and rum, 24%
• Scotch, 21%

The survey found that 9 of 10 rosacea sufferers limit alcohol consumption and 90% of these say abstinence reduces flare-ups.

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“But I Don’t Drink”

Surveys show people lie about the number of drinks they have had. “It is natural for people to underestimate how much they drink,” says the HeartQuest Wellness Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. “In surveys where people are asked how much they drink their estimates account for only about one third of actual alcohol sales. The ‘forgetting,’ underestimating and denial is consistent regardless of social status, age or sex.”

Stopping drinking, say users, is like instant rehydration of the skin. Others say anti-drinking is the best skin care diet of them all.

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