When inflammations appear on the skin, we often think about their cause. The relationship between proper nutrition, diet and "clean" skin seems to have become an axiom. Do drinks affect our skin? Yes, more than. In order to understand which drinks are harmful to the skin, it is worth remembering how the different components of these drinks affect its condition.
Preliminary list of enemies
The worst enemy of the skin is sugar. Moreover, not only in the form of sweets, but also in the form of sausages or potatoes, not to mention soda and packaged juices. Sugar, along with free radicals, is also responsible for the glycation process (glucose molecules adhere collagen and elastin).
In second place, alcohol, or rather alcohol, is literally breathing sugar into the back. And even more precisely - the products of the breakdown of alcohol in the blood, namely acetaldehyde. Compared to ethanol, it is more toxic, but it is metabolized and excreted faster. Acetaldehyde has a damaging effect on the walls of blood vessels, mainly small capillaries, disrupting the trophism of the skin. In addition, alcohol causes aggregation (gluing) of erythrocytes, which also interferes with blood flow in the capillaries, and fluid retention, which is replaced by severe dehydration and mineral imbalance.
As a result, the face takes on a characteristic appearance: edematous, with very dry skin prone to redness and fine wrinkles. If the "spree" was a single one, then after 3-4 days of sleep and increased fluid intake, the person will return to normal. If intoxication becomes regular, then the oval of the face is disrupted, constant swelling causes severe stretching of the skin, as a result, the person looks much older than his age, and the dehydrated skin becomes covered with age spots. The portrait is very recognizable: it will not work to make a secret out of a pernicious hobby.
We should also mention caffeine, which is both harmful and useful at the same time. On the one hand, it is a strong antioxidant, on the other, it is a powerful diuretic that reduces the tissue's ability to absorb nutrients and removes minerals and some B vitamins. A cup of coffee or black tea is more of a plus, a liter is a big minus. After such a dose, dullness of the skin, dry lips (the most common complaint of coffee lovers), loss of tissue tone may appear. Green tea has a milder effect on the body. In addition to the caffeine mentioned, it contains powerful antioxidants and does not remove fluids as much.
Enemy list (main)
If we return to drinks, then carbonated drinks will be in the first place in terms of harm to the skin (and humans in general).
It is a sugar bomb filled with artificial colors and flavors and reinforced with carbon dioxide. Due to carbonation, sugars are absorbed faster (in addition, carbon dioxide stimulates appetite, and you can eat a glass of drink with a portion of not the most healthy food), and dyes can provoke an allergic reaction (it is because of them and because of sulfurous acid salts in some people a glass other soda provokes a pressing headache). As a result: faster aging of the skin due to multiply increased glycation, swelling, tendency to skin sensitivity. And that's not counting excess weight and the likelihood of stomach ulcers. Oops!
This refers to any mixture of several types of alcohol with juices, carbonated drinks and other components. And this mixture is in second place not because it is healthier than soda, but because not everyone will be able to regularly drink several liters (unlike the same cola, 2.5 liters of which can only be drunk at lunch).
In general, the mix turns out to be even more impressive: sugar, alcohol, several chemical and several natural dyes. As a result - puffiness, dryness and sensitivity of the skin, acceleration of aging processes, a high likelihood of rashes, which can be caused by both increased sebum production and allergies.
Alcoholic energy drinks should be included in a separate category of "increased danger". In terms of the effect on the circulatory system, one jar can be equated with a weekly binge, since caffeine, guarana and arginine have a powerful stimulating effect. Yes, immediately after such a drink, the body experiences a surge of energy, but in fact this cocktail does not bring real strength, but takes the latter from the emergency supply. Regular stimulation will lead to a gradual depletion of reserves. The body will forget about the skin - ATP will cease to be enough even for the banal maintenance of blood pressure.
Yes, red wine does contain resveratrol, an extremely powerful and beneficial antioxidant. But for a rejuvenating effect, you will have to drink a few liters, which does not fit in with the amount of acetaldehyde that will enter the blood. Therefore, good red wine is simply the most harmless variant of an alcoholic beverage. Alcohol combined with sugar will still do the trick.
Industrial-scale coffee and black tea
Two to three cups of coffee of moderate strength a day will have a beneficial effect on the skin: after all, it is an antioxidant. But an overdose threatens with increased dryness of the skin, a dull complexion and dehydration wrinkles. Fortunately, limiting coffee consumption (or drinking your favorite drink with a glass of clean water) quickly brings tissues back to life.
But no: instead of a storehouse of vitamins, we get a storehouse of sugar (except that glucose is slightly diluted with no less high-calorie fructose), and sometimes also dyes and flavors (if we do not prepare the juice ourselves, but buy packaged ones). In addition, the habit of drinking freshly squeezed juice on an empty stomach has led to a catastrophic increase in gastritis and ulcers. Although the complexion is at the first stage, before the onset of inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, it will certainly delight, thanks to vitamins and antioxidants. In general, we advise you to perceive the juice not as a drink, but as food, moreover, quite high in calories.
It is highly questionable as a harmful drink, as there is a lot of evidence that milk causes acne and promotes weight gain, as well as scientifically based evidence of the opposite process. US dermatologists (in particular, William Danby) insist on the dangers of whole milk for everyone who can no longer fit under the table on foot, citing the presence of estrogens, antibiotics, or lactose in it, which part of the world's population really does not tolerate. His opponents just as zealously argue that not a single large-scale study that clearly confirms the hypothesis has been carried out, and it is not an easy task to find estrogens in milk produced at a large factory of a reputable manufacturer. There are suggestions that there is a connection between whole milk and acne, but the pattern has not been revealed: someone has a clear relationship between diet errors and rashes, someone drinks kefir and snack on cheese, while having perfect skin. Therefore, the harm should be calculated individually by 2-3 weeks of avoiding dairy products. Are you feeling better? Welcome to the lactose-free section of the supermarket.
Milkshakes, loved by the younger generation, instead of healthy milk contain a lot of sugar, thickeners and flavorings. In fact, they are no healthier than soda, and in terms of calorie content, they overtake cakes. If you really want to pamper your child, you should prepare such a dessert yourself: then milk will really enter into it, but sugar and milk fat will not decrease.
The article was compiled with the joint participation of a dermatologist, medical expert of the VICHY brand Elena Eliseeva.