How long to quit the drink for better skin
The good news is that if you're planning to quit the drink, there's a high chance you'll be able to see an improvement.
"It takes approximately 28 days for your skin to renew itself", says Imogen. "This process varies from person to person and is age dependent, so to see a difference in the condition of your skin you would need to give up drinking for at least a month to see an improvement."
After this time, your skin should feel more hydrated, and plumper - and it’s also likely that you will have more of a ‘glow’ and healthier complexion.
What to do if you truly can't give up
No alcohol for the rest of your life would be the best way to keep your skin in top condition, but if this is completely unrealistic (preach) there are a few things you can do to at least minimalise the effects of your merlot.
"As a general rule, try to stick to the clear liquors without extra sugar or preservatives as the body can get rid of these much quicker", says Imogen. "The sugar in cocktails can spike insulin levels which causes numerous negative effects and can make the skin lifeless and pale."
Ideally, you want to consume no more than 1-2 units per day, and of course, water, water, water. One between every drink and two before bed on a boozy night if you can manage it.
Imogen also offers this excellent advice for the morning after, "have a cold, refreshing shower to help wake you up, and reduce puffiness and swelling."
This will get the blood flowing around the body and help wash away some of the toxins that have accumulated in your system.
Adapted from GLAMOUR UK. Read the original here.