Are you experiencing breakouts, dry skin, dull skin, puffiness or noticing lines forming? Well I bet you haven’t thought that a major contributing factor could be related to what you are DRINKING?! Yep, that’s right. You are what you eat, but who would have thought that this funny saying might also apply to the things that you drink as well? See below the effects that juice, soft drinks, tea and alcohol can have on your skin!
Increase your intake of natural juice, gals! Juice can provide so many benefits for your skin. Drinking natural juices that contain fruits and vegetables high in vitamins A, B & C (such as carrots, spinach, strawberries and pineapple) can help to improve circulation. This can therefore increase blood flow and oxygen delivery to your skin tissue and provide nourishment - leading to flawless, younger-looking skin. When it comes to juice, I believe that fresh is best. I recommend using the whole fruit or vegetable (including the skins) where possible.
Try this delicious skin-food recipe!
4 chunks of pineapple
1 handful of strawberries
1 handful of spinach
Did you know soft drinks can add up to 10 teaspoons of sugar to your diet? Not to mention the amount of unnatural chemicals that they contain! Yuck! Not only can sugar give our liver a run for it’s money, but it can also wreak havoc on our skin. Sugar is believed to be a major contributor to the aging process. This is because it can cause the body to produce inflammatory products, which can result in aged and dehydrated skin, dullness and puffy eyes. No one wants to have to deal with that! Try replacing these sugary drinks with fruit infused water instead. Create your own delicious combo using some of the following ingredients:
- Herbs: Rosemary, thyme, mint, basil, cilantro, parsley
- Spices: Cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, fresh ginger, cloves, vanilla bean
- Edible flowers: Rose, lavender, citrus blossoms, hibiscus, pansies, violets (just make sure that they are 100% pesticide free)
- Fruit: Berries (fresh or frozen), melon, tropical fruits, citrus, apples, pears
- Vegetables: Cucumber, celery, fennel, carrots
If you are a lover of green tea, then keep drinking it as this beverage can provide enormous benefits to your skin! Not only can it flush out toxins, but it may also helps to heal blemishes and scars, and reduce inflammation. The catechins (a type of natural antioxidant) in green tea can help to fight nasty skin bacteria, which may help to to reduce the severity of acne.
Alcohol can be your skin's worst nightmare. It can leave it dehydrated and deprive it of essential vitamins and nutrients making it appear dull, dry and flakey. Keep your water intake up and cut the weeknight wines. Limit your alcohol consumption to special occasions only.
Achieving healthy, glowing skin is all about moderation - eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and using me at least once a week!
Stay Clear! Xo