Did you know that drinking alcohol can wreak absolute havoc on the skin? I recently shared on Instagram that my skin has cleared up so much since I quit boozing!
And it's not just me! Take a look at other experiences from authors who kicked the drink and the effects it had on their skin:
I shared how much healthier I felt. My face and eyes were less puffy, my skin less dry, and my little wine pouch belly had disappeared. - Bex Weller, author of A Happier Hour
Oh, and I look better, too, that's for sure. I've lost weight, my skin is healthier, I'm less puffy, and I'm making more effort with my clothes and grooming. - Lotta Dann, authoer of Mrs. D. is Going Without
I have far fewer lines, and my skin is all plump and rosy. Plus, I have white and shiny eyes. - Clare Pooley, The Sober Diaries
So what's the deal? According to Ashwood Recovery, alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it dehydrates the body. "Without proper hydration, the skin dries out and becomes less elastic."
TRANSLATION: Drinking alcohol can dry you out, making you look older! The other side effect can swing the totally opposite way, causing you to break out in a fit of acne.
"The consumption of alcohol can alter your hormone levels and an imbalance in estrogen or testosterone levels has been proven to be a direct cause of acne," says an article in Bioclarity.com.
I used to have breakouts all the time - some people thought I should cut out dairy. Some people thought it was a hormonal imbalance. I thought it was stress or my diet. And maybe all the above could still apply. However, I noticed THE BIGGEST change by cutting out alcohol.
In the day and age of instant gratification, I know we all want to see results pretty quickly. And I really did start seeing improvement around the two week mark when I quit drinking. Are you ready to take a break from drinking and see the results for yourself?
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