One look at J.Lo’s Instagram shows she’s looking pretty damn amazing these days—possibly the best she’s ever looked. Her skin is flawless and wrinkle-free, and her body is ridiculously toned.
In a new video Jennifer posted on Instagram, her sister tries to sell her on a night out partying, but the star doesn't budge. “When I go out drinking with my friends, it’s the best day of my week,” her sister says in the video. “She’s trying to convince me why I should start drinking,” J.Lo says to the camera. Check it out:
Jennifer, who is 46 but looks more like she’s 26, has repeatedly said she doesn’t drink, telling InStyle, "I think that ruins your skin. Of course, during celebratory toasts, everybody's like, 'You can't toast with water!' So I'll toast with alcohol and just take a sip."
Which leads us to ask—is her no-alcohol stance the reason her skin looks so freakin' good?
Alcohol can definitely impact the health of your skin, says Jill S. Waibel, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Miami.
“The consumption of alcohol is one of the most common triggers for rosacea flare-ups, causing skin to be inflamed, red, and sensitive,” she says, explaining that it causes your blood vessels to dilate, resulting in flushed skin that can even be painful.
However, the long-term damage from alcohol comes from dehydration. “Hydration is key when it comes to maintaining healthy skin,” says Waibel. Skin that’s dehydrated, on the other hand, will cause any wrinkles or fine lines you may have to be more prominent and visible.
But all alcohol isn’t created equal. Waibel recommends skipping drinks that are heavy in sugar, like margaritas or other fruity drinks, since excess sugar intake can age your skin faster, bringing out fine lines and wrinkles in the process.
If you like drinking (and, really, who can blame you?) but also like having healthy-looking skin, Waibel suggests boozing in moderation and sipping water simultaneously to stay hydrated.
While she says ditching alcohol entirely, a la J.Lo, will give you the best results, she recommends having no more than two glasses of wine a week for healthy-looking skin.
Cheers to that!
Korin Miller is a writer, SEO nerd, wife, and mom to a little 2-year-old dude named Miles. Korin has worked for The Washington Post, New York Daily News, and Cosmopolitan, where she learned more than anyone ever should about sex. She has an unhealthy addiction to gifs.