Alcohol intake reduces the level of vitamin A within the body. Vitamin A is a substance found within the body that is directly responsible for some important tasks related to skin. First, it promotes skin cell turnover, which helps to push new cells to the surface. As a result, the skin enjoys a healthier appearance. Second, vitamin A has antioxidant properties that can help reduce damage caused by free radicals. Because free radicals can cause the breakdown of *collagen fibers and *elastin, limiting their spread throughout the body preserves the structure and flexibility of the skin.
So the next time your out enjoying a few drinks, remember moderation, and remember your skin!
- Collagen – a type of protein; fibrous in nature. It connects and supports other bodily tissues, such as skin, bone, tendons, muscles, and cartilage.
- Elastin – another type of protein in connective tissue that is elastic and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin helps skin to return to its original position when it is poked or pinched, for example.
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