With the United States’ 45th Presidential election over with, let’s jump into a post about beverages. Whether it be a celebratory drink or a drink of misery, many participated in an alcohol-filled reprieve. While alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer can be beneficial for skin, over-consuming brings out the less than desirable effects of redness, dryness, and/or puffiness. Hangovers are never friendly. Plain ole water is always a good advocate for skin health, in addition, there are other beverages that are beneficial in moderation.
You’ve heard it: drink 6 to 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day …blah, blah. So few actually do it though. It would be helpful to know why drinking unsweetened, non-caffeinated, unflavored water is beneficial. The human body is about 50 to 65% water, even more so at birth. The kidneys and other organs need water to remove toxins and keep things running smoothly. Water greatly determines blood pressure. Not drinking enough water can result in feeling sluggish, tired, dizzy, and thirsty. These symptoms that your blood pressure is getting out of whack. Just like old oil in a car leads to an engine full of sludge, so does a lack of water give ‘sludgy’ thick blood. Blood needs to be at its optimal consistency to carry nutrients throughout the body. Not supplying the body with the water it needs can lead to all sorts of skin problems, like dry skin or skin that is oily from overcompensating because of dryness. Both of these problems can lead to acne, discoloration, blackheads, scaling, and dandruff.
Time for moderation.
Antioxidants are abundant in red wine. When consumed in moderation (once a day, once a week, once a month …) these antioxidants can help restore the protein collagen, which is responsible for wrinkle-free skin. Grape juice is nice, but won’t contribute the same benefits, because of the fermentation that wine undergoes and the whole fruit is used in the fermentation. Many people love red wine and pairing it with great meals makes the food so much better.
Two ingredients in beer give great acne fighting power and sebum (the skin’s natural oil) control: brewer’s yeast and hops. Together, the inactive yeast and hops have an abundance of nutrients and antioxidant power. When consumed in moderation, a good quality beer (I like IPAs and dark brews) can help with beautiful glowing skin.
Teas are a great way to get great skin also. There are many types of tea, such as black tea (think Lipton), green tea, rooibos, Yerba mate, herbal, oolong …etc. The most well known for skin health are black tea, green tea, and chamomile (an herbal tea). Black tea contains a higher caffeine content than green tea, but all contribute powerful antioxidants that help fight over-aging and diseases. In Maryland, Teavana in the Towson Towne Center, is a great place to try and buy different teas. Now, residing in northern Idaho, relying on Etsy to discover great tea shops has been an amazing experience.
With 3 hours of sleep, and the whole day ahead to conquer, coffee can become a love affair. Growing up in Maryland and finally settling in northern Idaho, with a pit stop of 3 years in Wyoming after getting married in my early 30s, I saw only 2 drive up, shed-like coffee shops in my life. Well, here in the Pacific Northwest, they’re in every crevice of the map! Naturally, I’m drinking a lot more coffee now (part of that is having three young children). It’s a good thing though, because coffee is packed with antioxidants and caffeine! Drinking a cup o’ joe helps combat skin destroying free radicals, but be careful to not make 3 or more cups a day a habit. Caffeine tells your body to urinate …a lot. It’s only a matter of time before all 8 of those eight ounce glasses of water come flowing out like Niagara Falls, resulting in severe dehydration.
There are products with one or more of these beverages in them. I use chai tea in a lotion to get ridiculously soft skin and coffee in a scrub to remove dead skin cells and reduce puffiness. Immersing the body for long periods of time in water isn’t helpful for skin, but drinking lots of water helps skin to look it’s best from the inside to the outside. Enjoy everything else in moderation. Cheers! 🍷