Drinking alcohol outdoors during the summer is something that a lot of us do. We unwind with a cold alcoholic beverage under the sun. We relax with a mojito when we’re enjoying a tropical white sand beach during our vacation or sipping on a cold beer during a sporting event. But a new study suggests that drinking alcohol may make your sunburn worse adding to the damage that the sun does to our skin. Understanding all of the factors will give you a better chance at accomplishing your skin care goals.
Alcohol is magnifying the effects of the sun
Those of us that partake in the occasional alcoholic beverage already know that alcohol has an effect on our sense of time. It also has an effect on our judgment. So it’s easy to think that your sunburn is caused by misjudging the amount of time you spent under the sun or perhaps you forgot the sunscreen all together because you may have had a few too many. However, a new study by the Italian Association of Cancer and reviewed by the British Journal of Dermatology suggests that there may be more to this.
The research suggests that alcohol may decrease the time it takes for the sun to give you a sunburn. It only takes a few drinks for you to be more susceptible to UV light. Scientists theories that when a person consumes alcohol, a person’s Carotenoid levels see a reduction.
Beta-Carotene (Carotene is latin for carrot) is a type of Carotenoid. You may have heard about the importance of Beta-Carotene for skin health. It helps produce vitamin A and a lot of other essential vitamins within the body. But Beta-Carotene is just 1 of 600 types of Carotenoids. Many of them are important for the human body.
Carotenoids is an antioxidant and is found in various plants that mainly have orange, yellow, and red pigments. That’s what gives pumpkins, carrots, and tomatoes its distinctive colors. Consuming these plants increase the antioxidants that help protect us from the sun. It has been shown that alcohol may decrease your Carotenoid levels temporarily while heavy alcohol consumption over a long period of time may have longer effects on this natural defence against the sun. This could even lead to a higher risk of melanoma.
Protect your skin
The moral of the story is that you should use sunscreen often when outside and drink alcohol moderately when sunbathing by the pool. When picking out a sunscreen, try to find one that isn’t chemically synthetic that has harmful ingredients like avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone. Try to find a mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which helps protect your skin from the sun.
And after a full day out under the sun, remember to give your skin the much needed vitamin E it needs to repair itself. You won’t find a higher concentration of vitamin E and other skin repairing elements than in the oil found from the prickly pear cactus. SHABANA Prickly Pear Seed Oil has everything the skin needs to make a full recovery and retain that healthy natural beauty.