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What Dry January Is Doing To Your Skin

By David Saunders | UPDATED: 11:28, 15 January 2020

Chelsee Lewis –  award-winning celebrity facialist finds out just how alcohol can damage our skin, and why dry January isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Unfortunately, our skin suffers from the same kind of aftermath when we’ve consumed a lot of alcohol. “Drinking alcohol dehydrates your skin incredibly and causes an erythema, which is a redness of the skin.” Other reactions can include “puffiness caused by inflammation, breakouts, hormone imbalance from an increase in insulin levels, upset of the healthy levels of important good bacteria that live in our gut and itchiness of the skin.

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The long term influences that drink has on us is deprivation of vital vitamins and nutrients. Chelsee specified that, “alcohol can cause premature ageing by depleting the body of Vitamin A, which plays an important role in keeping out skin firm and youthful.

Whether you drank a lot or a little over the festive period, your body still feels the effects of alcohol from as little as three glasses. The NHS recommends to keep health risks from alcohol to low level if you drink no more than 14 units or 7 glasses per week. So, if you’re planning a big night out at the weekend, it might be a good idea to skip on the daily glass of wine with your dinner for that week.

“When we stop drinking or give alcohol a break, the body goes into detox mode to clear the alcohol from the bloodstream. This leaves the skin looking brighter, more radiant, hydrated with fewer dehydration lines and better microcirculation.”

Chelsee’s recovery plan:

  • Drink lots of water

  • Drink coconut water

  • Try coconut oil pulling

  • Take Vitamin C

  • Take a Milk Thistle supplement 

  • Exercise

  • Use a face mask 


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