5 Sneaky Ways Alcohol Affects Your Health and Beauty (and How to Prevent Them)
We're conditioned to think it's glamorous, but when it comes to your health and looks, drinking's insidious side effects are anything but
How to keep the "ugly" to a minimumWhile chronic heavy drinkers have bigger problems than worrying about their dry skin or bloodshot eyes, those of us who drink only occasionally can learn a few tips to help stave off a killer hangover and telltale ugliness that a night of hard partying renders.
Tip 1: Drink water. You've heard it a million times before because it's so imperative. Keeping your body hydrated by drinking a glass of water between cocktails will work wonders for keeping both your headache/nausea and green, puffy face to a minimum the next day.
Tip 2: Eat. Drinking on an empty stomach not only gets you more drunk more quickly, it also makes you feel much worse the next day. Think of the food as a sponge, it absorbs the alcohol and slows down the absorption of it into your bloodstream. A meal of carbohydrates and some protein like, say, chicken Parmesan, is thought to be the perfect pre-drink repast. (A slice or two of pizza will work too.)
Tip 3: Choose your poison. All of us react differently to different types of alcohol. Some people are allergic to the tannins in red wine while others can stomach the sulfites in white. Know what works for (and against) you and stick to it. And, of course, unless you're at an underage kegger and experimenting for the first time, know better than to mix your libations. Jagermeister and Patron shots do not mix well. (Hint: The light colored liquors like vodka and gin) have fewer of the chemicals that contribute to hangovers.)
Tip 4: Wash your face. Even if you don't have the energy to do your full regimen, it's important to remove your makeup and slather on a heavy-duty moisturizer. As we've learned over the last few slides, your skin is going to be parched from the inside out so any assistance you can give it will be much appreciated.
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