Cheers to Healthy Skin!

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “garbage in, garbage out?” It’s mostly used in the computer science world, but it’s also true for skin. As an outside indicator of good health, our skin shows not only if we’re eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet and getting enough hydration, but also if we’re taking in too much garbage or poison—like alcohol. Allow me to elaborate.

Doctors and beauty experts agree that there’s a direct correlation between alcohol and skin aging. For one, alcohol increases the rate at which the body excretes water—and we all know what happens when our skin gets too dehydrated. Dehydrated skin ages more quickly, making it more prone to deep lines and wrinkles. Alcohol also causes blood vessels to dilate, producing flushed, coarse skin and worsening existing skin conditions like Rosacea. Finally, alcohol limits the absorption of nutrients vital for skin health like amino acids, minerals and vitamins.

While we can’t avoid occasional drinking with friends, there are other liquids that we can drink to counter the aging effects of alcohol. Here they are…the best drinks for healthy skin!


WATER
Drinking plenty of water rejuvenates skin cells. More than hydrating cells, it also helps cells get toxins out and essential nutrients in. Nutrition expert Liz Lipski also says that when the body is properly hydrated, it sweats more efficiently, keeping our pores clean and clear.


GREEN TEA
Green tea is rich in antioxidants that reduce inflammation and protect cell membranes. Because it’s said to be high in polyphenols, compounds that help eliminate cancer-causing free radicals and reactivate dying skin cells, some say it’s very effective in reducing the damage of sunburns and overexposure to ultraviolet light, which makes it a good prevention weapon against skin cancer!


RAW FOOD SMOOTHIES

Drinks made with blueberries and carrots don’t just taste amazing after an intensive workout; these are also one of the most nutritious drinks for the skin. Experts consider blueberries as the highest food source of antioxidants and phytochemicals, protecting the skin cells from damage and disintegration. It’s also an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E and riboflavin. Carrots, on the other hand, are an excellent source of vitamin A, which is a required nutrient for healthy skin. Carrots are also a superior source of fiber, biotin, vitamins K, C and B6, potassium and thiamine.

And since we’re talking about beauty drinks, I can’t help but mention Borba Clarifying Skin Balance Crystalline – Pomegranate. This fruity drink is not just perfectly refreshing during hot summer days. It also delivers all the essential nutrients to keep my skin well-hydrated, healthy, radiant and youthful-looking!

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