Drinking for Good SkinSep 15, 2016
Our skin is an outside reflection of our internal health. So, can we hydrate boost our skin's health from the inside out? Possibly. The simplest, most basic form of hydration is water. For those needing a little flavor, there are alternatives that provide vitamins and anti-oxidants that can be good for our skin. Remember, not all drinks are created equal.
Three Hydration Powerhouses
Water hydrates all three layers of skin. When the dermis and subcutaneous layers are well hydrated, the skin maintains more of its fresh, youthful fullness. A hydrated epidermis improves skin's elasticity.
Green tea provides hydration and packs some potent anti-oxidants. Catechins absorb UV light to help minimize the effects of the sun on skin. Polyphenols are plant based chemicals that pair with other anti-oxidants to soothe redness and inflammation.
Juices and smoothies are flavorful ways to stay hydrated. If your skin and body are feeling depleted, a fresh-squeezed juice or fruit & veggie smoothie containing vitamins A & C may do the trick. Choose fruits and veggies rich in vitamin A such as pumpkin, carrot, and spinach. Vitamin C is found in more than just oranges and grapefruit. You can also go with strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, and cauliflower. Mangoes, cantaloupes and kale do double vitamin duty to help maintain and rebuild collagen in the skin.
Mix and match ingredients for unique flavor combinations. You can also create an infused water with any of the above fruits and veggies.
Three Hydration Zappers
Coffee does keep many of us awake and alert, but at a cost. Besides staining the teeth, coffee contains enough caffeine to dehydrate the body and consequently the skin. Dehydrated skin allows fine lines and wrinkles to show.
Soda is a triple threat. Tooth decay from the sugars and acids are bad enough, but the puffiness and dry skin that come from too much sodium and caffeine age your skin quickly.
Be smart about alcohol use if you don't want to accelerate your skin's aging. Alcohol dehydrates as it pulls water from cells. Unless you are able to go one-for-one, water to alcoholic beverage, avoid puffy eyes and sagging skin by avoiding alcohol altogether.
Hydrated skin looks healthier. Drink choices can keep skin looking fuller and more youthful. Choose wisely.