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6 Skin Healing Beverages to Significantly Improve Your Skin

By Jacqueline / June 16th, 2019

Natural skin care products are essential for healthier skin, however, what we ingest also plays a big role in our skin health. Check out our top 6 beverages, when incorporated into your diet, can yield amazing results for your skin and overall appearance.

1. Warm Water

Water, in general, is critical for our health and keeps our bodies hydrated. This prevents flakey skin and even reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Drinking warm water has even more benefits— it can increase your body temperature and cause you to sweat. The sweat releases toxins from pores and can help to clear your skin. Adding lemons to your warm water gives an extra boost of vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production and reduces the signs of aging. 


2. Bamboo Leaf Tea 

Bamboo leaf contains silicon, an organic compound that promotes collagen synthesis. Collagen is the protein that maintains skin elasticity and strength. As we age, collagen levels slowly decrease, which leads to the appearance of wrinkles. Thus, bamboo leaf tea is effective in increasing levels of collagen and helping the skin appear youthful. Silicon also reduces the rate of hair loss and makes hair appear brighter. Because it is naturally found in the body, silicon has no side effects or health risks. Yess!


3. Tomato Juice

Tomatoes contain high levels of an antioxidant known as lycopene. Lycopene has cell protective properties and also reduces skin damage caused by UV rays. When applied topically, tomato juice soothes sunburns, but it should not be used as a replacement for sunscreen. It also helps reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and any redness caused by irritation or acne. Reduce inflammation from the inside out with tomato juice!


4. Juice of Carrot, Orange, and Ginger

Each of these three ingredients provides incredible benefits for your skin. Carrots and oranges also contain vitamin C, which helps boost collagen production. This gives the same benefit as adding lemons to your warm water. Carrots also contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects the skin against UV-induced damage and redness. Gingerol is the active component in ginger. It has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which reduce skin inflammation and signs of skin aging, respectively. This is important because an inflammatory environment can lead to irritation, redness, acne, and other skin conditions. A combination of these 3 in a juice can result in a brighter, more radiant skin tone!


5. Green Tea

Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks you can choose from. It contains numerous antioxidants that slow down the process of aging. A component in green tea known as EGCG (a type of polyphenol) protects against UV rays and can actually reduce the risk of skin cancer because of its DNA repair properties. However, green tea contains many other polyphenols as well, and studies have shown that the administration of these green tea polyphenols (GTPs) significantly reduced the incidence of skin cancer in mice compared to the groups that did not receive GTPs. 


6. Coconut Water

We know how important hydration is for youthful, plump-looking skin. Coconut water is extremely hydrating, but it also contains tons of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for the skin. It contains vitamin C, A, K, and the B vitamins. Many of these vitamins act as antioxidants, which reduce the signs of aging, such as wrinkles. It also has anti-microbial properties that can fight bacteria on the skin and, therefore, eliminate the root cause of acne.

The cleansing and nutritive factors of these 6 beverages make them great choices when trying to achieve healthier skin naturally. A healthy body is the foundation for a more beautiful, healthy, and youthful skin. Yes to healing the body & skin naturally!


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