Skip Nav
Skin Care
The Indie Beauty Brands to Follow Now
Celebrity Beauty
You Won't Recognise Your Favourite Beauty Influencers in Their 10-Year Challenges
Shoppable
Everything You Need to Know About Using Lush's Shower Bombs
Celebrity Beauty
Gillette's Newest Ad Has Evoked an Emotional Response — Even From Chrissy Teigen
Celebrity Beauty
Kesha's 2019 Beauty Resolution Will Have You Throwing Out Your Foundation

Does Drinking Alcohol Increase Sunburn

You Won't Want to Hear This Dermatologist's Advice About Drinking in the Sun

Photographer: Sheila GimNo Restrictions: Editorial and internal use approved. OK for Native and co-branded use.

Sunning yourself with a cocktail in hand might sound like a recipe for ultimate relaxation. However, according to Venus ambassador and resident dermatologist, Dr. Anita Sturnham, when it comes to the health of your skin, the combination is anything but.

Sunburn can have detrimental effects on your skin health, and although that may not be news to most people, a study by Venus recently revealed that it's only a major Summer concern for 38 percent of women in the UK. If you count yourself among the number who put sun safety at the top of their Summer beauty list, you might be shocked to learn about how your seemingly harmless holiday habit is increasing your likelihood of sunburn.

According to Dr. Sturnham, it all comes down to our body chemistry. The dermatologist says, "when we drink alcohol, this can exacerbate the risk of sunburn. It is believed that drinking may increase the skin's sensitivity to light, generating molecules that damage cells." Basically, the compounds released when we metabolise alcohol can heighten our skin's vulnerability to harmful UV rays, and Dr. Sturnham points one acid out in particular, saying "Acetaldehyde, a product of alcohol metabolism, can reduce the skin's natural immunity."

This is especially worrying because your skin is already in a more vulnerable state when on holiday because with activities such as sunbathing "we have already exposed our skin to a significant level of UV damage, enough to stimulate our melanocytes to produce protective melanin pigment."

Although this is scary news, there are ways to protect your skin from sun damage without putting an end to your Summer fun. Make sure to invest in a great sunscreen all year-round, eat foods that fortify your skin against sun damage, and avoid staying out in direct sunlight for prolonged amounts of time without adequate protection.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sheila Gim
More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
Mara Beauty Universal Face Oil Review
Tatcha Violet C Brightening Serum Review
Lily Aldridge Pregnancy Beauty Routine
What Is a Gua Sha
Skincare Products Dermatologists Use
Indie Beauty Brands 2018
Does Brazilian Bum Bum Cream Work?
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review
Best New Beauty Products Spring and Summer
Best Acne Spot Patches to Buy
Best Makeup Setting Sprays
Best Non-Greasy Face Sunscreens
From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds