Effective skincare has become a need of the hour, with factories working, traffic back to full swing, and air pollution on a steady and swift rise once again. Add to that the accumulation of sweat under our masks, and it's just a recipe for disastrous skin. There are numerous natural remedies you can use to keep your skin healthy, happy, and fresh. You can even switch up your diet a bit and stick to eating foods that have a positive effect on your skin.
Another route to a better and brighter complexion is through beverages. We know how sugar-filled drinks can result in breakouts and broken skin, but not all drinks are bad. We've collected this list of 10 fairly common drinks that you have probably enjoyed on occasion or maybe even regularly. If you want to ensure your skin remains clear and radiant, keep these drinks around.
Having some issues with dullness and wrinkles? Skin those tomatoes and prep the juicer. Tomato juice is an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that acts as an all-natural sunscreen. It offers the dual benefits of brightening complexions as well as reducing signs of aging.
Don’t let the word “infused” deter you. It’s just ordinary drinking water with cucumbers added to it, sliced or chopped. Add cucumber to your bottle in the morning to give your body a daily dose of silica, magnesium and potassium, and many other minerals that boost the health of the skin.
Contrary to popular belief, red wine does not have life-extending benefits. It does, however, contain a healthy amount of antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, which are known to cause inflammation in the skin. It can also aid in reducing dark spots. The next time you have a glass of wine, your skin will thank you!
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We’re used to applying aloe vera to our skin in the form of lotions and scrubs, even using it to treat sunburns. However, natural aloe vera is just as kind to your skin when ingested. The healthy part of aloe vera is the gooey fluid found in the leaves. While it can be put into lotions, it can also be mixed with water and a dash of honey and lemon to give you a refreshing drink that helps keep your skin clear and hydrated. It’s not meant to be had in large doses though!
Turmeric is another natural ingredient that is known to have countless health benefits both when ingested and when applied to the skin as a paste. The best way to have it is to add a teaspoon of it to hot water and drink it. It has antiviral and antifungal properties that keep your skin glowing, clear, and acne-free. Antioxidants also help reduce inflammation drastically.
This drink is essentially just a blend of different leafy greens of your choice and, of course, a solid amount of kale which is meant to be the main ingredient. It is packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C which keep your skin looking bright, blemish-free, and young. It’s a popular drink among celebrities for precisely that reason!
Your body will be ever so grateful to you if you enjoy green tea on a regular basis. This herbal hot beverage is not only good for the digestive system but for the skin as well. Besides containing anti-aging antioxidants, it is also full of tannins, a biomolecule that treats oily skin. An added bonus is that it can also clear any clogged pores.
Coconut water is the refreshing burst of liquid found inside coconuts, that you can usually buy packaged at certain grocery stores. Drinking coconut water on a regular basis will ensure your skin stays hydrated and free of all kinds of blemishes from pimples to blackheads. It also acts as a natural (and ingestible) sunscreen and anti-aging cream.
Fans of pomegranate, you are in luck. Turn your favorite fruit into juice and up the intake to speed up the healing of any dry or cracked skin. It's high in Vitamin C and contains antimicrobials which prevent the build-up of fungus and consequent development of acne or blemishes. It also has antioxidants that help with the anti-aging process and also keeps the skin healthy.
Just when you thought your morning coffee couldn’t get any better, it also turns out it can help your skin stay young, vibrant, and reduce signs of cellulite by increasing the blood flow all over the body. Much like pomegranates, it contains antimicrobials that keep the skin protected and strong. Coffee grounds are also used as exfoliants.
Share these tips with your friends and drink your way to healthier skin!