Beauty And The Beer

For all your beauty advice…

When I told my husband what the title of today’s article was going to be, he asked if it was about the two of us. Ha ha. Well, I guess I’ll take that as a compliment to mean that I am Beauty, because he’s most definitely Beer! No, this is not an article about us. I recently came across an article in a magazine that caught my eye, claiming that you might be able to reverse signs of aging with beer. According to Woman’s World, Polyphenols found in beer and wine (yippee!) are strong antioxidants, which fight off free radicals. Free radicals cause 80% of premature skin aging. You can find Polyphenols in certain fruits like blueberries and raspberries if you’re not a drinker, but this is good news for those who like to crack open a cold one after work. I started reading on it further and I found loads of information on the beauty benefits of beer.

Apparently this is old news. Really old news. Many moons ago, beer was not only offered to gods at festivals, but women used it to refresh their skin. High in vitamin B and brewer’s yeast, beer can cleanse and nourish the skin, and even clear up acne.  Certain spas around the world are even offering beer baths. It’s been noted that even Cleopatra kept her skin looking beautiful by bathing in beer. (She’s #1 on my list of who I would want to attend my fantasy dinner) I’m not sure I would want to sit in a tub of beer, but I can think of a few people who would thoroughly enjoy visiting a spa that offered that!

I’ve always heard that rinsing your hair with beer once a month is a great way to make the hair soft and shiny. The proteins found in the malt and hops are said to repair damage and add shine. People who use beer to treat their hair claim that a beer rinse also makes their hair look and feel thicker. If the proteins from the ingredients in the brew really do attach to the hair, it can strengthen the hair as well. It’s a pretty simple process to do a beer rinse. Just take some flat beer that doesn’t have a strong odor and after shampooing your hair, apply the beer to your hair, working it all the way through and rinse with warm water. I think odor would be a big issue here. I’ve been the victim of an accidental beer bath once or twice in my life, and that smell stays with you. My advice would be, if you’re going to do this rinse, do it when you don’t have to be anywhere.

So, if beer can slow down aging, cure acne and make our hair feel thick and strong, I wonder if it can do anything for the nails. After all, our hair and nails are made from the same protein so I did a little more searching . No trends on beer manicures, but I did find out that a beer and vinegar soak can kill nail fungus on hands and feet…interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see beer treatments popping up in spas all around us. I mean, if you can get a fish pedicure, why not a beer manicure? Maybe I’ll have to do some experimenting at our next Family Spa Night. More men might start flocking to spas on a regular basis if their treatments involve beer!

It was fun researching this and to see how much information is out there. I even found some products that are produced with Brewer’s Yeast, including beer shampoo. Hmmm…haven’t tried it, but if I do I will certainly let you know what it’s like. Bathe in it, drink it, or shampoo with beer, it looks like it can keep you beautiful. In moderation, of course. Even though the ingredients in beer can be beneficial to our health and beauty, the alcohol in it can counteract that and speed up the aging process…but that’s a whole different Oprah.

What about you? Have you ever rinsed your hair with beer? Tell me about it. I want to know how your hair felt after and if the smell stayed with you. Have you ever bathed in beer? I really want to hear about that!

Send me any questions you want answered for Q&A Monday at brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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