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Drinking more than 2-3 glasses of booze per day causes premature aging and wrinkles, depleting body of minerals essential for cell renewal

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(NaturalNews) When was the last time you had a big night out and had a few too many to drink? Unless your answer is a couple of months ago, or never, we've got some bad news for you.

Although it's no secret that drinking alcohol is bad for your body and skin, most of us don't realize that the effects of a hangover aren't fixed with rehydration and a good old fry-up the day after.

In fact, according to Dr. Lancer, an LA-based dermatologist who treats Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian, it can take the skin up to 30 days to truly get over it.

Think again before ordering that second glass of red wine

As reported by the Daily Mail, many people are not only putting their health at risk by regularly exceeding the government's daily drinking guidelines of 2–3 units a day, but they are also in danger of looking older than they are due to the effects of alcohol.

Regular alcohol consumption causes bloating and dries out the skin, which may lead to premature aging and wrinkles. In an interview with the Telegraph, Lancer warns that it takes about two to four weeks for your skin to recover from a big night out.

It isn't just the alcohol

According to Dr. Lancer, our dietary habits trigger hormonal responses which show up on our skins. Sugar, one of the main compounds of alcohol, is one of the bad triggers, but not the only thing to blame.

Next to sugar and alcohol, dairy and caffeine can mess up your hormones and ruin your complexion too. Dr. Lancer explains that caffeine stimulates nerve endings in the skin which may trigger acne outbreaks. Dairy and sugar, on the other hand, inflame the lining of the stomach, which causes the body to produce more testosterone.

In women, high testosterone levels affect acne and the appearance of the skin. This can easily be remedied through eating a healthy diet packed with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that alcohol dehydrates the body and deprives the skin of essential vitamins and minerals needed for cell renewal, which, over time, can lead to permanent damage to the skin.

That's where organic extra virgin coconut oil may come to your aid. Coconut oil is an excellent natural moisturizer that helps to hydrate, nourish and revitalize the skin.

Can we still have some fun?

Dr. Lancer admits that even celebrities with their flawless skins are not teetotalers either. He said that it is still okay to have a glass of wine or cocktail on occasion, as long as you don't have three of them every day.

He further notes that celebrities also have chefs and nutritionists specifically for their skins, not for their weight. They're strictly controlled in terms of caffeine, dairy and alcohol consumption. However, when they are on tour or actively filming, there is a zero alcohol policy.

In addition to criticizing alcohol use, Dr. Lancer has harsh words for that favorite hangover cure, the fry-up.

"Ham, sausage, bacon, bread, hash browns... you may as well just shoot yourself," he says. "That is like being on a prison diet. And white bread is a total loss. You might as well paint blemishes on your face."

Rather than the typical British or American hangover breakfast, Lancer recommends a bowl of kale or chopped arugula with organic chicken, tuna, salmon or turkey, and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Finally, he concludes by saying that we can entirely control our complexions through our diets, but that doesn't mean we have to be prisoners and can't treat ourselves to an occasional glass of wine.

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