The yeast used to make lagers and ales has the unexpected power to make everyone a little bit prettier (and we’re not talking about beer goggles here). “You see it listed as adenosine triphosphate in many organic beauty creams. It’s very effective on wrinkles and restoring skin,” says Keith Wallace, President & Founder of The Philly Beer School and author of Corked & Forked: Four Seasons of Eats and Drinks.
“Most are familiar with the benefits that red wine has on your skin but is has been shown that drinking beer, which has silica in it, can prevent free radical damage to the skin and internal organs,” says Maria Rianna-Boyajian from White Tea Med Spa in New York City. Drinking, great! But wearing? Maybe even better!
Beer’s sediments (brewer’s yeast) can help improve the symptoms of acne by slowing down the sebum production and killing off the bacteria that triggers acne, says Marta Worhle of Truth in Aging. This main ingredient of the beverage, inactive yeast that no longer has leavening power, is known to be a great asset in maintaining a balanced pH level in the skin.
Get Glowing Skin
Funny how people call your booze habit toxic when beer actually helps to flush out the toxins in your skin, at least when drunk at less-than-excessive levels. The result: glowing skin. The Vitamin B present in beer helps to soften skin as well. Kind of like a wine flush, but legit.
“When beer is applied topically it can clear up your complexion, treat dry flakes, and make the skin smooth and supple thanks to the pantothenic acid and vitamin complex,” says Rianna-Boyajian.
Founder of The Beauty Bean, Alexis Wolfer is a fan of a beer-based foot soak and scrub, which softens and breaks down dead skin cells. The B Vitamins, proteins and yeast in beer can soften your feet and nourish your skin. Wolfer recommends going for a richly hued beer for this (stouts, dark lagers or Guinness). They aren’t as processed or diluted, so they contain more of the antioxidants, nutrients and proteins you want.
Fight Bad Bacteria
Wine may be good for your heart, but beer will keep your organs in check. Consider that beer is shown to have antibacterial properties, which protect against the heliobacter infection in the stomach, but it also might be an effective weapon against kidney stones.
Much like the antibacterial qualities fight acne, beer’s astringent component makes it a helpful when cleaning out pores. Also, hops just happen to be a stellar exfoliant. Bet you didn’t know that!
When you soak, rinse, or spritz your hair with beer, its natural ingredients coat each strand and lend hair-nourishing benefits. Makes you wonder why football players drench each other in Champagne after a big win and not a brewsky, right?
“In addition to B vitamins, the proteins found in malt and hops are said to repair damaged hair and boost overall body. Meanwhile, the maltose and sucrose sugars in beer tighten the hair’s cuticles for enhanced shine,” says Worhle. Beer will make your hair shiny, bouncy, and add volume.
Now, we’d never recommend you empty the entire boozy contents of your fridge into your bathtub. That’d probably be wrong. However, if you want your skin and hair to have all of beer’s benefits at once? Obvious solution.