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alcohol_skin2If you came out of an alcohol-free January feeling a little glowier than usual, it’s not all in your head. It’s actually all in your awesomely hydrated skin. (Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s Dry January?)

Cutting alcohol from your diet—in the long term or even just for a night or two—can have awesome effects on your skin, Refinery29 reports.

“The texture of your skin is going to look healthier,” New York City-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, tells Refinery29. “Your pores will look like they’re getting smaller again. You’ll also see your undereye bags start to de-puff as your blood vessels go back to their normal size.”

The key to great skin is staying hydrated, and alcohol is a strong diuretic. “Alcohol causes you to pee more,” says Bowe (duh, we know). “But it also hinders the production of the hormone vasopressin. That hormone helps you reabsorb water. So alcohol is kind of a double whammy, in that it’s forcing out water and making it harder for your body to rehydrate itself.”

So when your body is thirsty, your skin starts to appear tired and sallow, and fine lines, wrinkles, and pores become more pronounced. (Hangovers are tough enough on their own—hangovers plus multiple-filters-required skin? No, thank you.)

Alcohol also decreases the body’s level of vitamin A, which is what gives you that booze-less “healthy glow,” Dr. Bowe says.

So…who’s in for Dry February? —Alison Feller

If you’re looking to give your skin some extra TLC, check out the Korean beauty approach: double cleanses, multiple rounds of products, and more.

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