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Dry January: The beauty benefits of no booze

Dry January: The beauty benefits of no booze
Tara Ledden
Writer and expert10 months ago
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New year, new you? If you’re part of the 10% of Brits giving up alcohol this month, it’s not just your bank account that will see a boost, your skin could be in for a serious glow up too.

Reduce redness

Whether you’re prone to champagne cheeks or a full-on flush from your chest to your forehead, alcohol consumption causes unavoidable redness due to the blood vessels under the surface of the skin dilating in response to the toxins found in our favourite tipples.

It doesn’t always end when the hangover wears off either, as continued drinking can cause broken capillaries and permanent discolouration. Reach for redness reducing skincare like the Super Facialist Rosehip Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser, that contains soothing allantoin to help calm your complexion.

If you suffer with skin conditions like eczema, acne or psoriasis, drinking can make them worse too, so by going sober you can expect your flush to fade, and some skin conditions to improve.

Banish puffiness

woman using gua sha tool

If you’re a fan of salty drinks like margaritas or sugar-packed wine, you might have noticed your face feeling puffy the morning after the night before, as they encourage the body to hold on to water. It can be especially bad under the eye, thanks to the stagnation of lymphatic fluid.

To help get things moving during Dry January and drain the excess fluid now you’re off the booze, look to facial massage using a facial oil like Super Facialist Rosehip Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil and a jade roller or gua sha tool. Not only will it break down the toxins and reduce puffiness, but the increased blood flow will also make skin more radiant.

Minimise wrinkles

The dehydrating effects of alcohol, combined with the high sugar content of many drinks and mixers, can interfere with the production of collagen and elastin in our skin, leading to fine lines, sagging and dullness.

As well as scrapping the alcohol, try to cut out sugar-rich drinks all-together this month to reap the biggest rewards.

For stubborn lines, look to Super Facialist Retinol+ Anti-Ageing Restoring Serum, which contains anti-ageing hero-ingredient retinol, and add in plumping, radiance-enhancing skincare like the Argan+ Moroccan Argan Oil Hydrating Super Charged Day Cream to get your glow back.

woman applying moisturiser

Rebalance oiliness

Too much alcohol can affect the balance of our hormones, increase sebum production and inflammation of the skin, as well as lower our immune system making us less resistant to germs. So, if your skin is on the oily side or prone to breakouts, a month off the booze could work wonders.

Fast-track the deep clean with pore-purging products like the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid collection, and use a primer like Super Facialist’s Skin Perfecting Primer, to help camouflage blemishes and stop your make-up becoming an oil slick.

Boost hydration

If you’ve ever worried about ‘breaking the seal’, chances are you’re already aware of the diuretic effects of alcohol, making dehydration one of the main consequences of one too many cocktails.

Going cold turkey is a sure-fire way to boost hydration levels in the body and reduce dry and dehydrated skin.

Make sure you’re drinking two to three litres of water each day and help prevent transepidermal water loss overnight by using a nourishing night cream like the Argan+ Moroccan Argan Oil Rejuvenating Intensive Night Cream, and packing on a hydrating serum like Super Facialist’s Hexapeptide-9 Anti-Ageing Advanced Extra Firming Serum, to sandwich in the moisture.

woman with under eye masks

Diminish dark circles

Alcohol severely impacts sleep quality and sabotages our efforts to drift off too, which can leave us feeling and looking tired.

It’s not all bad news though, a whopping 70% of Dry January participants have better shut eye and increased energy, so you can expect to say good-bye to dark circles sharpish.

To brighten the area in the meantime, pop on a pair of eye patches (we recommend Dirty Works’ Good to Glow Under Eye Masks), followed by a vitamin C packed eye cream such as the Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Dark Circles Eye Cream, which will also help reduce fine lines. To camouflage any remaining shadows, use a radiance-boosting concealer.

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Tara Ledden
Writer and expert
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With a keen eye for detail and experience working across editorial and branded content at some of beauty’s biggest names, Beauty Editor Tara knows what people really want from their beauty stash. A trusted voice in the often-overwhelming beauty-sphere, Tara sees straight through sleek packaging and fancy promises to make sure every woman knows exactly where to spend their time and money.