By Tahlia Knowles, Beauty Compass
A typical festive night usually entails an over-consumption of vodka, lime, and sodas (or any other alcoholic beverage of choice). This is followed by a mild-to-severe hangover. How do we cure ourselves? By throwing back copious amounts of caffeine, of course! Sound familiar? Following our bad health choices, many of us have started the new year by establishing a resolution that promises more exercise and healthy eating. When getting back on the wellness wagon, we often forget to make a conscious commitment to increase our water intake. Without sufficient water, we are left less high, and more dry. Let's look at what alcohol and caffeine do to our bodies and more closely, the effect it has on our skin health. We'll share some hydration tips to help you glow all the way through 2018.
The effect alcohol and caffeine
According to Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, Triple J’s ‘Great Moments In Science’ host, when we are dehydrated, the body produces, anti-diuretic hormone, which allows the body to hold on to water, and in turn, keeps us hydrated. Consuming alcohol and caffeine reduces how much anti-diuretic hormone you make and consequently increases the passing of water. This, in turn, leads to dehydration.
How to get your glow back
Most of us know that dehydration isn’t an ideal state to be in but let's delve into it a little deeper and see what it does to our skin. Dermatologist, Dr. Justine Hextall, agrees with Dr. Kruszelnicki and further suggests that excess alcohol ‘will show on the skin, turning it dry, tight and flaky.’ Hextall suggests using a rich moisturiser to reduce the irritation and dryness. If you’re looking for the perfect moisturiser (or think that rich creams aren’t your thing), talk to our friends at hop & cotton. They specialize in custom-made skincare products and can create your perfect post-party skin savior.
Drinking plenty of water and eating some fruit will also help with hydration. Make yourself a smoothie with high water content fruits. The Blend suggests combining a few of the following - watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, raspberries, cucumber, iceberg lettuce, celery, green capsicum, and spinach. Take a look at all their yummy smoothie concoctions here or make up your own. Any combination of these fruits will have you feeling hydrated, stat!
Combine these tips with an early night and you’ll get that healthy glow back in no time. Now that we’ve gone through the causes of dehydration and ways to counteract it, nothing's going to dampen your New Year's resolution. It's time to kick off 2018 - your healthiest year yet!
Being a nutritionist and beauty aficionado, Tahlia finds equal joy in concocting health smoothies and applying 7+ beauty products in one sitting. Motivated by those who empower women, Tahlia created the online directory Beauty Compass to support and promote the business owners of local salons.