Come the start of each New Year, a movement has been gaining force: Dry January, sometimes also referred to as “Dryuary.” Here’s the gist. Participants forego alcohol for the month of January, with the most common goal being to reset their health for the New Year. (This timing is particularly appealing after the decadence of December!)
Over here at eXO Skin Simple, our team has both participated in Dry January and embarked on seasonal cleanses, so we’re well-versed the benefits of going booze-free for a bit—particularly when it comes to your skin. Ahead, we’re sharing three reasons to embark on a Dry January, along with some added tips and tricks for keeping skin looking oh-so-radiant.
Your skin will love it. Alcohol is a natural diuretic, meaning it can be dehydrating for the body. When it comes to your skin, dehydration can make the signs of aging more apparent, plus cause issues like dullness, congestion, dark circles and inflammation due to sugar intake and blood vessel dilation. During Dry January, you’ll be freed from the dehydrated effects of alcohol, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear: Be vigilant about drinking water, particularly if you’re very active, and avoid other diuretics like caffeine. To enhance the benefits, we recommend undergoing gentle exfoliation 1-2 times weekly to remove dead skin cells and then applying a healthy layer of eXO Face both morning and evening to infuse skin with essential exosome moisture.
You will sleep better. Alcohol consumption is linked with both poor quality and quantity of sleep; drinkers not only sleep less, the amount of REM sleep they enjoy is diminished. As a result, drinking—particularly heavy drinking—can wreak havoc on your wellbeing, causing you to feel groggy, unfocused, irritable and (duh) tired. When it comes to beauty matters, a good night’s rest is invaluable for putting your best face forward, so relish in this wine-free time to get that all-important sleep.
You will have more energy and potentially lose weight. Dovetailing our sleep discussion, might we add that saying “bye-bye” to booze will give you more energy? Coinciding with that, cutting back on alcohol is equivalent to cutting back on calories; calories that often go unaccounted for when drinking, given they’re consumed in liquid form. The truth is, alcohol can slow down your metabolism, while also inhibiting your body from effectively absorbing nutrients. A double bummer! So, go on, use this sober time to up your exercise regimen and antioxidant intake. (Did we mention that our moisturizers are loaded in Vitamin A, C and E?!)