There is a new trend circling through the skincare community going by the name: The Pretty Skin Drink Menu.
Actually, it comes with a variety of names (“The Better Skin Drink Menu”; “Drink Menu for Pretty Skin”, etc.) but the premise remains the same: obtaining better skin – with drinks.
The name may change, but the menu stays the same.
The Pretty Skin Drink Menu
- 8 glasses of water throughout the day
- One green juice and one latte with soy milk in the morning
- Two cups of green tea in the afternoon
- One glass of pomegranate juice in the evening
- One glass of cucumber-infused water at night
We wanted to share this daily drink routine with those who haven’t seen or heard of it. Skincare is important, but beautiful skin starts within. This Pretty Skin Drink Menu reflects that exact message: nurture your body with healthy food and receive healthy, glowing skin in return.
Let’s take a look at why these drinks are so important to the health of our skin.
Eight Glasses of Water
Water is life and it keeps us alive – this is fact. We all need eight glasses of water a day – this is fiction.
Although most of us have grown up hearing the eight-glass-a-day mantra, the amount of water consumed depends on the individual. Your sex, age, environment and even level of exercise contribute to how much water you should drink each day. That’s why doctors recommend listening to that we listen to our body. When you’re thirsty, drink water. Another of their suggestions is to look at your urine. The darkest you want it is the color of lemonade. Anything darker, and you should increase your water intake.
Another fact is that our skin greatly benefits from water. When we drink the necessary amount, our skin becomes plump, elastic and even youthful. The structures that are responsible for collagen require adequate water. It keeps our skin from drying out and becoming cracked and flaky. Furthermore, a dehydrated body means dehydrated skin. As an act of defense, our oil glands may produce more sebum, which can result in acne and breakouts.
One Green Juice and One Soy Latte
The former certainly contributes to healthy, glowing skin. Just look at the ingredients in most green juices. My favorite, for example, contains:
- Turmeric, which brightens the skin and reduces pigmentation, creating an even skin tone.
- Parsley, which can balance your sebum production and provides antibacterial properties.
- Avocado, which is jam packed with nutritional benefits for the skin, like vitamin E.
But how is a soy latte good for the skin?
We didn’t know the facts, which is why we went to Meghan De Jong (R.H.N.), a nutritionist at Sprouted Nutrition.
“The skin is the largest detoxification organ of the body and when you consume dairy foods like milk, which can be very inflammatory, acidic, and difficult to digest,” explains De Jong, “the body desperately tries to rid itself of its toxins by pushing them out through the skin.”
“Enjoying a dairy free latte by using almond, soy, or coconut milk instead of cow’s can do amazing things for you, one of the most visible ways being your skin!” De Jong explains. “By enjoying soy, almond, or coconut lattes which contain healthy proteins and fats, you can see your skin dramatically clear up and promote that goddess looking glow all year round!”
Any dairy-free latte can work with your green juice. De Jong made an excellent point when she mentioned that some people find soy very difficult to digest; if that’s the case for you, there are a number of lactose-free alternatives to add to your morning lattes.
You can learn more from De Jong by going to her next workshop which is designed to help men and women create an ideal, healthy morning routine. If you don’t live near the Kitsilano Beach Area in Vancouver, you can always follow Meghan De Jong on Instagram @megdejong.nutrition.
We all thought that once we left our teens, we would be rid of acne. Then we became adults and discovered adult acne. Green tea provides a natural cure for acne by reducing inflammation levels. Furthermore, it has polyphenols that can protect us from the sun and is hydrates our skin when it’s dry.
Pomegranates good for the skin? This may come as a surprise to you, too. Then again, most things in nature can benefit us in several ways. Although green tea is known as a wonderful hydrant for dry skin, pomegranate juice replenishes the skin far better. It can also protects us from the sun and environment by protecting our cells from oxidative stress (our body’s inability to detoxify the harmful effects of free radicals). Drinking pomegranate juice can also help us stay younger, longer, as it stimulates collagen production.
Cucumber Infused Water
We know the benefits of water for the skin and the benefits of infused water. So it makes sense that cucumber infused water will have its share of benefits. Cucumbers are high in vitamin B-5, which can treat acne. It is said that you can meet your daily value of this B vitamin with one cup of sliced cucumbers.
In the end, The Pretty Skin Drink Menu is a menu worth reviewing.