I am super excited to present this guest post from the editors at The Clear Skin Project!
As the body's largest organ, your skin is asked to handle a lot of abuse and wear and tear on a daily basis. It has to be in tip-top shape in order to look and perform its best, and while there are plenty of elements out there that can harm your skin (too much sun, chemicals, smoking), there are things - such as juices and drinks - that are actually good for your skin.
Here are 5 ways for you to boost the health and beauty of your skin, just by pouring a glass.
1. Green Tea - According to a study released in the Journal of Nutrition*, women who drank 4 cups of green tea each day for 12 weeks lowered their risk of sunburn by 25%, while improving their skin density and elasticity (in other words, they looked younger). Green tea is filled with antioxidants and catechins that help improve your skin's health.
2. Coffee - Not to be outdone by its cousin, coffee can also benefit your skin if taken in moderation. A 2011 Harvard Medical School study found that people who drank coffee regularly (3 cups per day) were less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma (which is the most common type of non-melanoma skin cancer). The caffeine apparently helps to stimulate your skin's cells, which can also help keep your skin vibrant, alert, and ready to fight off infections or bacteria.
3. Red Wine - You've heard that red wine can be good for the heart, but its powerful antioxidants can do much more than that. The proanthocyanidins (antioxidants) found in red grapes can help to present oxidative reactions in your skin, including acne, wrinkles, and sunburn.
Vegetables are loaded with good-for-skin minerals and vitamins, and what better way to fill your body and skin with good vegetables than to throw everything in a blender and chug it down? These juice recipes not only work well, but they taste great.
4. Carrot Juice - The Brighten Up** drink is made up of 4 carrots, a handful of spinach, a handful of parsley and a 1/2 apple. Blend it all together to enjoy a juice that will reduce water retention and stimulate the lymphatic system (thanks to the parsley). Spinach helps your skin glow, and apples (particularly green ones) are known for their skin benefits, including brightening and toning.
5. The Detox Drink - The detox drink known as the "Stomach Cleanser Green Smoothie"*** is not for the faint of heart. You probably want to start off with some other juices first before you work your way to this powerful punch. but if you're looking for clear skin, this juice drink is the one for you.
You'll need 3 cups of water, juice from 1 lemon, 1-inch piece of ginger, a 4-inch piece of cucumber, 1/4 cup of mint, and 1-2 handfuls of ice.
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until it's smooth, and enjoy. But why does this drink work so well? Mint is a great blood detoxifier and reduces bloating, while the lemon flushes toxins from the lemon and kidneys. It's strong, but tastes good, and is an extremely effective way to start your morning.
Never overdo the sugar
Acne has been referred to as the diabetes of the skin because of acne's close link to sugar. You probably have heard that you should avoid sweets and candies whenever possible if you're hoping to fight an acne outbreak. But be sure to keep your eye out for those hidden sugar sources, such as milk and juices. While refined (white) sugar is the worst culprit of all for your acne, sugar in general can have adverse effects (including those found in fruits). Some of the juices/drinks above work great in moderation, but also contain sugar. The simple rule of thumb is don't overdo it. Keep in mind that too much sugar might cause an outbreak. If you're suffering from an acne outbreak or looking for a way to get on a healthy skincare regiment, browse our articles, and be sure to fill out our free questionnaire to help you get started on the road to health and beautiful skin.