Cheers to beautiful, healthy-looking skin

12.10.2012, 12:05 CST | Posted In: Dry Skin, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Holiday party, champagne toasts

With holiday parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations, ’tis the season for overeating and drinking. And while the holidays provide a great time to connect with friends, family, and coworkers in a relaxed setting, ’tis also easy to get carried away. We’ve all been there before: one cocktail turns into two, and before you know it you’ve had a bit too much to drink. The next morning, alcohol is to blame for more than the hangover—did you know alcohol can also do damage to your skin? Take care of your skin and be aware of the negative effects that drinking alcohol can have before you celebrate this holiday season.

Continual alcohol abuse, amongst other things, can affect your skin by leading to a Vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A is essential for good health, including maintaining healthy skin.1 Vitamin A metabolism can be inhibited by excessive and habitual alcohol consumption, causing a deficiency of Vitamin A.2 As a result, skin health may suffer. The consumption of alcohol also increases fluid loss from the body, which can lead to dehydration, the drying out of your skin, and signs of premature aging.

If you do decide to enjoy a cocktail or two, be sure to drink plenty of water to combat dehydration and help your body nourish its skin cells. And for that extra boost the next morning, roll on our ELASTIderm® Eye Serum to help minimize the look of under-eye puffiness that might be the the next-day effect of those spiked eggnogs from the night before.

We here at Obagi would like to wish you and yours a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!


  1. The effects of alcohol & vitamin A. Web site. Accessed November 7, 2012.
  2. Alcohol effects on vitamins. Web site. Accessed November 14, 2012.


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