The 1 Surprising Trick That Saved My Damaged Skin

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For a couple months now, I've been pretty diligent about keeping up with my skin care routine. I wash twice a day. I exfoliate at least once a week in addition to doing a deep-cleansing clay mask. And I'm generous with the moisturizer to make sure the winter chill doesn't make my face all dry and flaky.

But after the holidays, I gave one more simple beauty trick a try ... and I'm in awe of how much of a boost it's given my complexion.

Though while I'm happy that I look more refreshed ... I can't say I'm exactly thrilled about this method of improving my appearance.


You guys? I kicked booze to the curb. No more martinis. No more wine. No more bubbly. And no, I'm not preggo. 

I just felt so sick and tired of being bloated and feeling blah after indulging in holiday treats that I decided to go back to clean eating ... which also means forgoing the alcohol. Don't get the wrong idea, I'm not giving it up altogether. My rule is that I'm only allowed to have it if we go out to eat, and when we do, I can only have two drinks or glasses of wine. (Not three. Or five.)

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Back to what getting off the sauce has done for my skin. It's so crazy ... it's like it's suddenly woken up or something. I catch myself touching my face several times a day because of how soft it is. And when I look in the mirror, I notice this naturally rosy glow, which definitely wasn't there before without the help of blush.

Most of us get so focused on taking care of our skin from the outside that we forget that we need to nurture it from the inside too. And if we're putting unhealthy things into our bodies ... unfortunately it winds up "written" all over our faces.

And I cannot wait to see if my complexion improves even more for every day I choose to have water instead of wine. If it does? Ugh. I guess that means I'm going to have to stick to my "booze only allowed at restaurants" rule for a lot longer than it takes to kick my extra pounds to the curb.

Do you notice that what you eat and drink affects your skin?


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