For many of us, the December holidays are about having fun and getting loose. This means that, come January, many of us feel like we want to swear off alcohol for the rest of our lives – or just for a month. This is how the #DryJanuary movement came to be, and why you are no doubt seeing it popping up all over your news feed (because it’s a lot easier to stick to your resolutions if you aren’t tipsy).
Other than having great benefits for your general wellbeing, participating in #DryJanuary can also make you look better and give your skin a healthy glow. Here’s how alcohol damages your skin and why laying off the booze is a solid beauty move.
1 Alcohol is Dehydrating
Waking up with a hangover is the worst kind of payback for having too much fun the night before. That awesome feeling of having your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth because there is not a drop of saliva in sight is because alcohol is extremely dehydrating. And while you might not feel it in quite the same way, your skin is suffering just as much as the rest of your body. Skin that is lacking hydration is more prone to fine lines and a dull complexion. Not a good look.
2 Alcohol Contains Sugar
Love getting in your fill of cocktails during happy hour? Many of our favourite drinks, such as cocktails and ciders, contain high levels of sugar. While we already know that this isn’t good for our waistlines, it can be just as detrimental to our skin – true story. And consuming a lot of sugar, whether it’s through our food or your drinks, can make you more prone to nasty breakouts – as if our hormones don’t already give us enough to be content with. So eliminating alcohol can actually help to keep pimples at bay.
3 Alcohol Reduces Vitamin A Levels
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant which is found in the body and is necessary for the production of collagen. And collagen is what keeps our skin looking youthful, plump and line-free. Retinol – the holy grail product when it comes to delaying the signs of ageing – is a derivative of vitamin A, which is indicative of just how important it is for gorgeous skin. Alcohol actually reduces the amount of vitamin A in your body which can, over time, make you appear older than you actually are. So while tequila might make you feel young, it isn’t making you look that way. Sorry!
Ready to give #DryJanuary a go? We are and a tall glass of skin-beneficial H2O has never sounded so good. Bottoms up!
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