Thinking of quitting drinking for a month?

It’s that time of year again. December has probably taken it’s toll on most of us. A gluttonous time spent catching up over more alcohol and food than our body could take (it was Christmas, after all), has left a lot of us feeling like we never want to see a drop of alcohol or smell a roast dinner again. If you’re within that majority, then Dry January might be on the cards for you and here’s why it could be a good idea.

The affects that alcohol has on us is varies between different health areas. It can have an effect on our bodies, our minds and our skin. We spoke to award winning facialist, Chelsee Lewis, to find out just how much it can damage our precious faces.

It’s not just our heads that get the hangover! 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.” Chelsee explained. She said 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.”

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”, Chelsee told us. 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.

It might only take three glasses of your favourite tipple to see the visible and physical effects of drinking, but what happens when we decide that enough is enough? “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 also explained that our immune system is more effective once we give up alcoholic drinks. This ensures that we get better sleep overall, which at the end of the day is super important for healthy skin.

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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