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May 17, 2024 5 min read By: Polly Clover

Does Beer Make Your Skin Glow? Here's What You Need to Know

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Using beer for skin has become a hot topic, but does beer make your skin glow? Maybe. There are ways to use beer to improve your skin, which can support radiance and shine.

In this article, we’ll discuss how beer might help your skin glow. Learn about various benefits of beer for the skin, drinking beer vs. using topicals, and how to use beer on your skin. We’ll also share our favorite beer skincare products.

Benefits of Using Beer for Skin

Beer has four main ingredients: malted barley, water, yeast, and hops. Each of these has components that can be beneficial for the skin to encourage a healthy glow.

The benefits of beer for the skin depend on how you use it. For example, applying the beer itself to your skin is different from using a skincare product made with beer ingredients.

Depending on how you’re using it on your skin, beer ingredients can offer the following benefits:

  • Cleans dirt, toxins, and bacteria - Hops contain antioxidants and have antibacterial properties that deeply clean the skin.
  • Hydrates and moisturizes - Barley has zinc and B vitamins, which can help hydrate and moisturize, which can support glowing skin.
  • Smooths wrinkles and fine lines - Collagen, found in barley, is a protein that gives your skin structure, which can reduce wrinkles. It can also alleviate dry skin that disrupts your natural glow.
  • Reduces inflammation and skin irritation - Antioxidants and vitamins found in hops and barley can treat inflammation and skin irritation, promoting healthier, glowing skin.

  • Drinking Beer vs. Applying Beer to Skin

    While drinking beer can be relaxing, and you might benefit from some of its ingredients, there's no scientific evidence to prove this. Drinking alcohol can impact health in various ways, but this depends on each specific person. Meanwhile, overconsumption of alcohol can damage your liver and other organs.

    On the other hand, there are reasons to believe using beer-infused topical products may benefit your skin.

    Cindy Jones, Ph.D., a cosmetic biochemist, suggests that topicals with beer ingredients like hops and malt can improve skin health. Hops have anti-inflammatory properties, while malt exfoliates, improves circulation, and helps with anti-aging. She also says that yeast can help moisturize the skin.

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    How to Use Beer for Skin

    We recommend using products made specifically for skin care. Not only is this more convenient, but it also helps ensure you’re using safe products.

    Many beer-infused products can support glowing skin and other benefits. It's best to look for products with the following guidelines in mind:

    • Made with beer’s main ingredients, hops and barley, which can support skin health
    • Contain other useful, natural ingredients
    • Are cruelty, sulfate, and paraben-free
    • Don’t have unknown ingredients (the fewer ingredients, the better)

    Best Beer-Infused Skincare Products

    Below, we’ll share our favorite skincare products with beer for glowing skin and other benefits. They each follow the guidelines mentioned above, making them safe and beneficial for the skin. They’re also easy to use if you want to try beer ingredients for skincare.

    Beer Body Lotion

    Oakwell Cosmetics Beer Body Lotion is a nourishing blend of beer ingredients, shea butter, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil. It’s lightweight, so it moisturizes without feeling too heavy or oily on your skin.

    The Beer Body Lotion has an oats, roasted barley, vanilla, and orange aroma that smells great but not overpowering. It works well for all skin types and anyone looking for a gentle, silky, smooth lotion.

    Beer Body Lotion

    Beer Body Wash

    Oakwell Cosmetics Beer Body Wash is a gently cleansing blend of beer ingredients, goat’s milk, aloe vera, and orange essential oil. It cleans, hydrates, and nourishes the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed.

    The Beer Body Wash has a fresh smell of oats, roasted barley, vanilla, and orange. It’s a creamy wash that supports healthy, clean, and radiant skin.

    Beer Body Wash

    Beer Body Soap

    Oakwell Cosmetics Beer Body Soaps are infused with beer’s nourishing ingredients to cleanse, hydrate, and protect the skin.

    The following soap bars are also made with other beneficial ingredients, depending on your skin type and what you’re looking for:

    • Charcoal & Blonde Ale Beer Soap - made with beer ingredients, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, activated charcoal, and green tea leaves; best for oily and acne-prone skin
    • Brown Ale & Oats Beer Soap - made with beer ingredients, oats, olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil; best for dry, itchy skin
    • Lemongrass Lager Beer Soap - made with beer ingredients, calendula, olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil; best for all skin types
    Beer Body Soap

    Herbal Beer Bath Tea

    Oakwell Cosmetics Herbal Beer Bath Tea is a unique skincare treatment, kind of like a nourishing tea soak for your skin. It’s made with hops, barley, and herbs that cleanse and hydrate the skin to support a natural glow. 

    The Herbal Beer Bath Tea is the perfect addition to a warm bath. Simply place it in your warm bath water or hang it on your tub’s spout, then relax.

    Herbal Beer Bath Tea

    Calming Beer Bath Salts

    Oakwell Cosmetics Calming Beer Bath Salts can be used with the Herbal Beer Bath Tea or on their own. It’s a rejuvenating blend of minerals, herbs, and essential oils with an uplifting and fresh smell. 

    Not only are the Calming Beer Bath Salts helpful for hydrating and protecting the skin, but they can also help alleviate sore muscles for the ultimate relaxation.

    Beer Bath Salts

    Peppermint Hop Lip Balm

    Oakwell Cosmetics Peppermint Hop Lip Balm is a minty, moisturizing lip balm with a touch of menthol for extra cooling. It's made with beeswax, and hops, along with coconut, olive, sweet almond, and peppermint oils.

    The Peppermint Hop Lip Balm is for all skin types, especially chapped lips. It offers long-lasting hydration and protects against harsh environmental conditions.

    Peppermint Hop Lip Balm

    Does Beer Make Your Skin Glow? Conclusion

    Beer’s main ingredients, hops and barley, have vitamins and antioxidants that cleanse and hydrate the skin, which support healthy skin and natural glow. When you use skincare products made with beer ingredients, you can experience these benefits.

    We hope you found this article helpful and are excited to try beer-infused skincare products!

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