Finally, it’s that time of year again—time for new dreams and goals with Dry January upon us. For countless people, the challenge of abstaining from drinking is part of this journey… but the consequences can be merciless on our skin.
It couldn’t be more true during the winter air that comes along with the lack of hydration due to not reaching for a beer or glass of wine.
Having dry skin or making it look dull can become a real predicament. You didn’t choose this path just to have your skin also suffer! There are easy ways to provide your skin with nurturing love during these trying times in order for it to stay healthy!
Lucky for us, we have some great tips handy to help keep our skin refreshed even as we brave up for a month without tipples!
A good night’s sleep is essential to maintain your healthy skin and it becomes even more important when you decide to go sober during the entire month of January.
Alcohol messes with our regular sleeping patterns as it prevents us from getting to the deep stages of sleep, which are extremely necessary for letting your body do its stabilizing processes like cellular renewal and developing more collagen in the dermis layer.
That’s why a Dry January should be thought out as one with plenty of restful nights.
Adopt a consistent bedtime hour, don’t take any late night snacks or caffeine before laying down, and your beautiful complexion will appreciate it.
Making sure you focus on what you put into your body during Dry January is just as important as taking a break from alcohol!
Eating antioxidant and vitamin rich foods like low inflammatory fruits, vegetables, nuts and oily fish will keep your skin clear and prevent any premature aging or broken out complexion.
Making sure to consume natural collagen is essential for healthy maintenance of the skin during this period.
Why not take it one step further and try adding some impressive supplements such as collagen or probiotics to give an added health benefit while sobering up?
These may even come with dramatic improvements on your complexion when reaping their benefits synergistically. If a glowing, blemish & inflammation-free manner is how you want facial features this holiday season – look no further than complimenting eating habits with an array of helpful natural additions!
Drink plenty of water
Are you drinking enough water? It’s easy to overlook the importance of drinking water in our daily routine, but this is crucial for maintaining healthy, hydrated skin. The typically recommended amount of water intake is around 8 glasses per day; however, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it may be more like 12 to 15 glasses. Check in with your doctor to be sure.
It’s not just important to drink enough water, but also that the water contains enough essential minerals and nutrients — this helps flush out all toxins from your body and reduce the chances of you experiencing breakouts or any other skin irritation.
You can stick with regular old H2O or jazz things up with some herbal teas and fruit-infused waters! Remember: staying hydrated is key for beautiful skin.
Choose Beauty Products Carefully
Shopping for beauty products can feel overwhelming, but never fear – there’s definitely something out there just for you! If your skin needs extra hydration, aloe vera and glycerin are two wonderful options. They help lock in moisture while soothing any inflammation or irritated areas.
Unfortunately, alcohol and fragrances in certain products could cause additional dryness – a disaster you don’t want to face!
However, some products have a ‘dryness’ label on the packaging – which proves they have been specifically designed to include ingredients especially suitable for anyone with your unique needs!
Moisturize After Washing Your Face
Take your skin care routine one step further and incorporate an oil based moisturizer! Natural oils like jojoba or coconut oil are perfect for sealing in moisture and leaving the skin hydrated throughout the day.
To really maximize the benefits of oil based moisturizers though, make sure to exfoliate a few times a week. Gently scrub away any dull skin cells so that hydration can really sink into your hair follicles and give you that silky soft feel. The key here is gentle!
Avoid harsh cleansers that strip away natural oils from your face; instead, opt for a mild cleanser that won’t leave your skin feeling dry or tight after washing. Look for an exfoliant with natural ingredients like crushed walnut shells or oatmeal to gently remove built-up dirt without irritating delicate facial tissues.
A gentle cleanser is also important for maintaining healthy bacteria on the surface of your skin which helps combat breakouts or irritation.
Finish off your facial treatment with a nourishing serum loaded with antioxidants. After washing your face morning and night follow up with an oil based moisturizer then locking in the hydration with an enriching antioxidant serum gives you triple protection against premature aging and other skin sensitivities.
Get ready to bask in cool relief of supple, baby soft skin all day!
Treat Yourself to Face Masks
Why not treat yourself to a spa night each week? Slather on a face mask to give your skin some nourishment and deep hydration. You can shop at your favorite store or even create your own DIY face mask with natural ingredients!
When used during dry winter months, you’ll easily see—and feel—the amazing difference. Plus, a little extra down time will do wonders after an alcohol-free day (or week!). And if you’re looking to turn it up a notch—try having a spa night get-together with friends! What better way to indulge than with some DIY face masks instead of the classic martini?!
Enjoy… but don’t forget those important cleanup steps afterward.
Dry January doesn’t have to be all “doom and gloom.” Taking care of your skin is essential to look and feel your best in 2021! Not sure where to start? Don’t worry! We’re here with some top beauty tips specifically for any damage caused by steering clear from alcohol in January.
Try this: create an at home skincare routine that fits your schedule, get creative when the urge to drink strikes; tea time or add a splash of your favorite flavor into sparkling water, keep hydrated by guzzling lots of H20, limit sun exposure and moisturize often.
We get it – January can be a tricky month. But we got faith – you can totally do this! Even if temptation takes hold throughout the month that’s okay too – just pick up where you left off and never give up until you reach your goals. Good luck out there – battle on!