What That Glass of Wine is *Really* Doing to Your Skin

Life is a game of “Would You Rather?”—from big decisions to small, everything has a potential reward or consequence. Would you rather stay home or move to a new city? Would you rather spend the money or save it? Would you rather have one more glass or… what? Sometimes, the decisions that seem insignificant can have a bigger effect than we anticipated. Embarking on a monthlong journey of sobriety is certainly one of those. For anyone dipping their toe into Dry January, it can feel like you’re venturing into the unknown. Whether you’re doing it as a detox or in pursuit of a more permanent lifestyle change, cutting back might come with some surprises. Especially the effects of alcohol on skin.

Alcohol impacts everything from coordination to judgment and sleep. And while there can be plenty of reasons to hit pause, you might be more motivated to swap out that glass of Pinot for something zero-proof once you get a better idea of alcohol’s effects on your skin.

The Effects of Alcohol on Skin

For many, healthy, glowing skin is an unintended consequence of a dive into sober curiosity. I’m all about this accidental intersection of synergy and satisfaction—the things we find along the journey that remind us why we started it. Most of us know that less imbibing can come with plenty of physical and mental benefits, including improved cognitive function and hormone health, better sleep, mood stability, and balanced blood sugar. It’s invigorating to discover yet another potential benefit of the experiment: a healthier, lit-from-within complexion.

Maybe it’s because I’m motivated by near-instant gratification, but I like seeing results as much as I love feeling them. To learn more about the effects of alcohol on our skin, I reached out to Nutrition Consultant Edie Horstman for answers and insights.

Edie Horstman

Edie Horstman

Edie is the founder of nutrition coaching business, Wellness with Edie. With her background and expertise, she specializes in women’s health, including fertility, hormone balance, and postpartum wellness.

Wine cheers at dinner party.

It All Starts in the Gut

Alcohol affects our gut health, which, in turn, affects our skin. It disrupts our gut microbiota balance, leading to an overgrowth of not-so-good bacteria and a reduction in beneficial bacteria. This imbalance can contribute to inflammation and various digestive issues.

Alcohol is dehydrating, causing dry, flaky skin and a dull complexion. It also dilates blood vessels, potentially causing redness in the cheeks, chest, and neck. Chronic alcohol consumption may contribute to inflammation, exacerbating skin conditions like rosacea and acne.

There’s also research that shows alcohol can interfere with collagen production, accelerating the aging process and promoting the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How Drinking Less Can Benefit the Skin

Conversely, because so many of our internal systems work in tandem, it makes sense that the residual benefits of cutting back on alcohol would promote a healthy glow. Horstman cites the following as skin benefits you can expect from drinking less:

  • Improved skin hydration
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Reduced redness
  • Fewer fine lines

Plus, drinking less leads to better sleep quality, which further promotes overall skin health and a more radiant complexion.

If you’re sober curious, these are some of our favorite non-alcoholic drinks to stock up on. (Consult our full list of editor-approved, zero-proof drinks.)

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Woman drinking red wine.

Nutritionist-Approved Tips to Support Your Skin If You Choose to Drink

Though we’re beginning to better understand the negative impacts of alcohol on our health, it’s still present in our world today. Horstman lists the following as key things to keep in mind to promote skin health.

  • Stay hydrated. Drinking water and electrolytes between drinks isn’t just good for preventing hangovers. It helps keep your skin hydrated and dewy as well.
  • Moderation is key. Moderate alcohol consumption is generally defined as one drink per day for women, but consuming even fewer drinks is better.
  • Choose clear spirits (vodka or gin). These have fewer congeners, which are fermentation byproducts that can contribute to skin irritation. Mix with unsweetened sparkling water and citrus instead of sugary mixers.
  • Nibble on antioxidant-rich foods. Think berries, veggies, and ginger to help combat oxidative stress and inflammation.
  • Keep skin protected. MOISTURIZE and wear sunscreen!

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11 Beautiful Wine Glasses for the Design-Obsessed

There are two ways to approach great wine and cocktail glassware. The first is to pay close attention to the materials, volume, and curves that influence how we experience taste. The second is to simply judge by looks—the sexier the vessel the better. For the purposes of identifying the best unique wine glasses you can buy right now, we’ve taken both approaches into consideration (though, admittedly, the sexy component weighed heavier).

The collectible-worthy vessels ahead are critic-approved, beautifully crafted, and almost always come with a story. Whether they’re hand blown in Brooklyn, sustainably sourced, or inspired by vintage Japanese glassware, the following finds make any cocktail they carry all the more delicious.

This one’s for the aesthetes. Cheers!

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Image by Michelle Nash

11 Unique Wine Glasses to Elevate Any Cocktail Hour

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Casa Zuma

There’s little that gets us more excited to drink our favorite beverage–be it wine, kombucha, or a spritz-y mocktail—than a great glass. These Guatemalan-made, recycled glass goblets are perfect for whatever evening drink is on tap. They’re elevated while still lending a relaxed feel to the table. And though their gorgeous, wabi-sabi quality may seem delicate, these are some of the most durable, unique wine glasses we’ve found.

Maison Balzac

Founded in 2012 by French-born, Sydney-based Elise Pioch Balzac, this playful brand of candles and glassware elevates everyday staples with a fashionable bent. (It makes sense, Balzac worked at Hermès before launching her brand.)

La Rochère

Known by many simply as “the bee glasses,” the centuries-old French glassware brand’s best-selling collection sports the iconic Napoleonic symbol and is blessedly dishwasher-safe.

Estelle Colored Glasses

Stephanie Summerson Hall’s tabletop jewels (inspired by the antique treasure hunts her grandmother, Estelle, would take her on in South Carolina) come in an array of gemstone colors and are hand-blown by Polish glass artists.

Mamo x Coming Soon NYC

Coming Soon NYC—both the Manhattan brick-and-mortar and digital store—is a treasure trove of contemporary, design-minded brands, but they do occasionally do exclusives, like this color block collaboration with Mamo.

R+D Lab

Italian-based R+D Lab works with artisans and small traditional manufacturers to create ethical glassware informed by architecture, art, and fashion. Below, a collaboration with artist Alice Gao is crafted with jade green Borosilicate glass.

Fortessa

Here’s a fun Fortessa story for you. I once watched a neighborhood garage sale group on Facebook practically crash Nordstrom’s website when an error caused the brand’s colorful, beaded highball glasses to be listed for about a dollar each. Nordstrom canceled the orders (much to my despair), but I’ll never forget the fervor these eye-catching glasses got. They’re absolutely worth the full price.

Casa Zuma

We’d be remiss in not giving a shout-out to these wabi-sabi beauties from Casa Zuma, Camille Styles’ new line of artisan-made, nature-inspired homewares. Crafted with locally sourced recycled glass in Oaxaca, Casa Zuma has the best stemless wine glasses sized for both water and wine (or even a votive candle—they do it all).  

HotHaus

Founded by two female glass artists in Melbourne, Australia in 2019, the HotHaus studio produces delicate home goods inspired by nature and imbued with gorgeous pops of color.

Hay

Here’s a glassware-as-art endorsement for you: the Danish-inspired brand is carried at the MoMA Design Store. Hay works with talented designers around the world to craft architectural, worldly pieces, including these delicate, softly tinted glasses.

Sophie Lou Jacobsen

The French-American designer crafts distinctive collectibles that also happen to function beautifully throughout your home. And though Jacobson offers lighting, vases, and even natural linen napkins, unique glassware is her most iconic output.

This post was originally published on January 27, 2023, and has since been updated.

The Search for the Best Stemless Wine Glasses Ends Here

Let’s talk about the perfect summer evening. You’ve checked off every to-do (ideal), friends dropped by for an easy, seasonal snack, and you’re enjoying your beverage of choice on a sun-soaked patio. The vibes don’t get any more immaculate, especially when you’ve set a gorgeous table. Sometimes, we love completing this picture-perfect gathering with a fizzy, functional sipper. In that case—kombucha cocktails are our go-to. Other times, it’s our mocktail of the moment. But of course, when you want to complement the food perfectly, an easy-drinking wine is a must. And the best stemless wine glasses are essential.

The Camille Styles team knows a thing or two about selecting the best stemless wine glasses for any occasion or blend. We love those that sit at the intersection between beautiful and satisfying to handle. So whether you’re looking for the perfect glass for a red or white, something unique, or a set that can handle your outdoor sipping excursions, we have them all. Keep reading for our top picks of the best stemless wine glasses—tested, loved, and reviewed.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Image by Michelle Nash

Designing and developing the best stemless wine glasses is a tall order, but Target delivered. These are made for portability and aesthetic Instagram stories alike. While other stemless wine glasses rival medieval goblets (e.g., they’re huge), these retain an elegant shape while still holding a hefty pour. We love that the shape tapers inwards toward the top and that the glass is thin while still being durable. Sleek, dishwasher-safe, and affordable. Can your Riedel glass compare?

  • Size: 12 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
Image by Michelle Nash

These recycled glass tumblers are near and dear to our hearts. The entire Camille Styles team has our own sets at home and consider them the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys beautiful, hand-blown glassware. Their wabi-sabi quality means that each glass comes with its own unique character. And speaking from personal experience, it’s this organic, artisan vibe that’s dominated many a table conversation when these are brought out. Perfect for dinner parties or daily use, these are a must for every design enthusiast.

  • Size: 10 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

FAZEEK, the Australian homewares and lifestyle brand, knows everything about leveling up your life at home. From its tableware to home goods collections, everything speaks to the joy and vibrancy found by incorporating color into your space. And while most stemless wine glasses retain a clean and classic appeal, these wavy vessels are totally on-trend for 2023. It’s true that FAZEEK has considered every detail, and because it uses borosilicate glass for its pieces, these glasses can handle both hot and cold temps.

  • Size: 380 ml
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

While our pick for the overall best stemless wine glasses were affordable, these CB2 bodega-style vessels impressively blend budget with beauty. Each stemless glass comes in at under two dollars while still ensuring the signature CB2 quality you know and love. The feel is distinctly European, bringing an effortless elegance to any happy hour. We love how the smaller construction fits in the hand and the stackable function keeps them looking sleek if displayed in open shelving. And with an average 4.6-star rating from over 800 reviews, it’s clear we’re in good company.

  • Size: 8 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

While I always pack light for a camping trip, I make room for the essentials: a good book, card games, and boxed wine. (I write that with zero shame.) Of course, I’ve long been on the hunt for the best wine tumbler that’s chip-resistant and boasts unparalleled durability. But y’all, I was after the basics—so when I found these gorgeous tinted glasses, I scooped them up immediately. Designed from the brand’s signature Tritan Copolyester—a shatterproof, durable, and dishwasher-safe material—these are perfect for backyard hangs and camping trips alike. It’s just a little way I love elevating the everyday.

  • Size: 16 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Growing up, my mom kept separate shelves for her favorite red and wine glasses. As a kid, of course, I thought this was a bit ridiculous and unnecessary. But now, as a discerning adult, I get it. Red wine glasses tend to be taller and boast a larger bowl. This allows for the aromas and flavors of bigger, bolder wines like Merlot or Malbec to fully emerge and develop, upping the experience all the more. But as a result, red wine glasses often take on the dreaded, aforementioned goblet-like shape. No thanks—we’re still sipping with elegance in mind. That’s why I love these glasses’ tapered, edgy silhouette. Each glass still allows you to enjoy a red to its full potential, while keeping you from feeling like you’re drinking wine from a basin.

  • Size: 17 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

These white wine glasses keep things simple but stylish. We prefer a thinner glass that still maintains its durability—and this set stacks up. As white wine glasses go, these have perfected the shape. They boast a narrower bowl, slight tulip shape, and a tall frame that helps retain the fruity flavors of your favorite white or rosé.

  • Size: 15 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes

No roundup of the best stemless glassware is complete without a nod to bubbles—and even without the stem, these glasses are a beautiful evolution on the classic champagne flute. They’re durable while still looking sleek in hand. Plus, if you’re a champagne lover like myself, you’ll enjoy that the long-tapered construction enhances the bubble-sipping experience.

  • Size: 10 ounces
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes (place on the top rack only)