This is how long it takes your skin to recover from a hangover

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    This is how long it takes your skin to recover from a hangover
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    Splitting headache, blurred vision, vomiting, beer fear…hangovers are just the worst. But it turns out that long after the paracetamol has kicked in and the chundering has ceased, our skin still suffers the consequences of a champagne campaign.

    ‘It takes about two to four weeks for your body to regulate after a night of drinking,’ Hollywood dermatologist to the stars, Dr Lancer told Metro.co.uk.

    That’s right. Two to four weeks, people.

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    The man credited with helping to maintain Kim Kardashian’s flawless complex, says: ‘A glass of the finest red wine is 400 calories of sugar, and sugar triggers acne by inflaming the lining of the stomach – which in turn triggers a brain signal to produce more testosterone.’

    In the days after a big night out (or in…whatever), skin looks dull and eyes become encased in dark bags. Which is fair enough if you sank six tequilas and rolled home at 4am, right?

    But Dr Lancer says those are signs of dehydration which can put your skin at risk of premature aging.

    ‘Alcohol is a diuretic that dehydrates the entire body – as is evidenced by the intense thirst of a hangover’, he says.

    Alcohol drains the skin of moisture and vital nutrients which then gives it a dull appearance. And when it’s like this, he says, it can become scaly and taut which in turn, can lead to wrinkles.

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    ‘This is one of the many reasons that I greatly emphasize the importance of diet in the anti-aging work I do,’ he tells us.

    ‘You can put any number of expensive treatments on your skin, but if your body and diet are unbalanced, you are not likely to see the results you are looking for.’

    So if we don’t want lines and saggy skin, should we be swerving the strong stuff?

    Well, Dr Lancer is encourages moderation rather than abstinence.

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    ‘A glass or two of red wine with dinner now and then is not a problem,’ he reassures. ‘But regular, habitual, excessive drinking is. And if you have rosacea (reddening flushing), sensitive skin or acne, excessive alcohol can exacerbate flareups’.

    But you can do things to keep your skin under control if you’re planning to continue your party lifestyle.

    And the first thing – you guessed it – is to drink a tonne of water.

    ‘Staying hydrated is essential for beautiful skin and good health. You need it to digest food, circulate blood and flush out toxins – to name but a few functions. So, it’s a good strategy to drink a glass of water every time you have an alcoholic beverage.

    ‘Secondly, lightly exfoliating to increase circulation can make a visual difference in skin and will help ‘wake up’ the complexion.

    ‘Third, thoroughly hydrate skin with an antioxidant-based moisturizer and protect with SPF,’ Dr Lancer prescribes.

    So there we have it. Hangovers ruin everything and water can solve everything.

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