While staying hydrated this summer, you can take the opportunity to work some skin rejuvenating ingredients into your cool-weather cocktails. Guest blogger, jenny Yergensen, is here to tell us all about how to improve our skin with what we drink:
I’m sorry to say I’m not talking booze here…although red wine does contain important antioxidants and resveratrol, both great for younger looking skin. While less fun and exciting, there are some other awesome ways to drink up for a younger you.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar – referred to as ACV by cool kids and health nuts alike – is all the rage these days for a myriad of reasons…whiter teeth, cleaner counters, and increased energy. One of the most awesome benefits of ACV is its effects on your skin when ingested internally and used as a topical agent. Drink 2 teaspoons with 8 ounces of water a few times per day and you should start seeing brighter, clearer skin after about a week.
Boost those benefits by applying topically as a toner to regulate the pH of your face and dry out any blemishes. Just mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water and lightly blot around your t-zone 1-2 times per day. I’m not going to sugar coat it…it’s not delicious and will not smell so great on your face. But believe it or not, you’ll get used to the taste and even start to enjoy in a way you won’t even understand. At least this is my experience!
Collagen in powder form was introduced to me by a friend who refers to herself as not just a “granola”, but “the crunchiest type of granola out there”. I was skeptical but after reading up on it a bit and trying it out for a few months, I’m sold. Maybe it’s just the fact that it’s incredibly easy to ingest since it dissolves in any liquid (cold, warm, or hot) and has zero taste. But I do see improvement in my skin and also believe the long-term effects make it worth throwing into my ACV cocktails on a daily basis. Studies show that hydrolyzed collagen stimulates collagen production by densifying fibroblasts in the skin. Collagen provides essential amino acids needed by the body to build connective tissue structures and is also great for join pain.
Made from unfermented tea leaves, green tea is well-known for its high levels of antioxidants, which of course are great for skin and your health in general. A study was recently published in the journal “Photochemistry and Photobiology” on the benefits of green tea for skin rejuvenation. A few cups per day were shown to prevent free radicals from generating in the skin when sun damage occurs and also reduces ultraviolet-related inflammation.
I know this one is obviously helpful when it comes to achieving vibrant, healthy skin. By staying hydrated you can avoid dry, dull skin and also prevent wrinkles to a certain degree. Try to get your eight recommended glasses per day or more as water reaches your internal organs first before ever reaching your skin.
I realize all this drinking may seem like a lot of work but start small and work your way up to a regimen that works for you. The good news is that none of these drinks cost much. ACV can be purchased at your local grocery store for around $5-$15 depending on the size your purchase. A box of green tea is typically around $5 and the brand of hydrolyzed collagen I purchased is $21.49 and will last me a few months if not longer.
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More About JennyJenny Yergensen graduated from the U of U and has been working for several years as a marketing manager at Utah Facial Plastics. Part of her job is to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends in the plastic surgery world, and she’s a great source of information for The Younger You!