What you shouldn’t drink for beauty sake

drink for beauty sake

I don’t know about you but of all the beauty tips that I hear so often, the one I detest most is to drink eight glasses of plain water! I mean, water is bland and tasteless. While I always try to drink it, I can’t always drink that much per day. So I was very glad to learn from this article, the wonders of water, that we no longer need to worry about drinking specific amounts of water. Instead, we can simply satisfy our thirst with any beverage.

Well, that sounds good except that you still want to be careful about what you drink as any beverage may not be good news for our skin. In fact, some beverage can prevent our body from making efficient use of minerals and vitamins, hence contributing to tired-looking greasy skin with spots.

Sugar sweetened soft drinks can cause wrinkles & promote acne
Your can of aerated drink, or that fruit punch maybe tastier but it could result in more skin problems because sugar is bad news for our skin as I’ve written in my earlier entry cut down salt and sugar intake to look younger. It can promote wrinkles and leathery looking skin too because sugar hastens the breakdown of collagen and elastin as it triggers a process in the body called glycation.

Not only that, according to the book Gorgeous Skin In 30 Days by Erica Angyal, such sugar content can produce a surge of an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1. This can lead to an excess of male hormones, which causes pores in the skin to secrete sebum, a greasy substance that attracts acne-promoting bacteria. Also, IGF-1 causes skin cells known as keratinocytes to multiply, a process that is associated with acne.

Alcohol dehydrates our skin
In my entry on Skin Sins, I mentioned that alcohol is said to be a diuretic and so it dehydrates our bodies, resulting in skin that loses its plump, firm and dewy appearance. In fact, our face can appear puffier and our undereye becomes darker because alcohol is a vasodilator which opens blood vessels. Drinkers also have a sallowness in their faces, a direct result of an overstressed liver having difficulty with its detoxifying duties. And alcohol actually promotes the growth of “bad collagen” or scar tissue in both the skin and liver.

Caffeine contributes to dark undereye circles
I also highlighted in the same entry that caffeine affects our body the way alcohol does. Hence, excess caffeine can cause dehydration, disrupt sleep, trigger stress hormones and because it engorges viens, it can also cause broken capillaries. Too much caffeine also contribute to dark undereye circles.

Drink fresh vegetable fruit juice for their beauty minerals
If you dislike drinking plain water, drink fresh fruit juice instead! It would be even better when mixed with vegetables because both fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants and are loaded with beauty minerals such as silica, magnesium, calcium and sulpher which are important for good skin. In fact, I think if anything should replace water, this should be the beverage because a mix of fresh vegetable fruit juice would also contain lots of vitamin C.

Water is necessary to flush out toxins from the skin
Well, the bottom line is you don’t necessarily have to drink up to eight glasses of plain water per day if you’re also drinking fresh juices but you can’t avoid drinking water altogether. Like it or not, water plays an important role to keep our system healthy. In fact, drinking water in adequate amounts is necessary to flush out toxins out of the body via the excretory system. This is essential to prevent toxins from building up in the body and escape through skin pores which can contribute to acne. However, note that drinking water alone cannot prevent or get rid of acne as acne is caused by the overproduction of sebum or hormones but by flushing the body internally with water, acne breakouts are less likely to occur due to toxins released through the skin.

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Comments

  1. says

    Great article!!
    I know what you mean about water being a bit boring. Sometimes I add a few drops of unsweetened lemon juice for flavor.

    Jen: Ah, you remind me about lemon! I add that sometimes but maybe I added a tad more, it usually makes me very hungry!

  2. andrea says

    every one in a while i drink the v8 fusions that have fruit & vegetable juices in it. great article btw :D

    andrea: v8 fusions? I don’t think I have seen it around. But it sounds healthy!

  3. akiki says

    i am the biggest fan of water!!!
    i drink a lot of water that i have to carry my 1 liter bottle with me no matter where i go!!
    even thougth it doesn’t suit my outfit…
    lol~~

    akiki: That’s great becos water is really good for our general well being.

  4. says

    Can add a table spoon of fruit enzyme, fruit enzyme is good for our health, eg:
    – maintains healthy flora in the intestines
    – detoxification
    – removes heavy metals & mercury from our body….and a lot more

    if anyone of u need the recipe for fruit enzyme, pls do not hesitate to contact me : jojorass@hotmail.com

    “ You are what you eat” ~ Hiroma Shinya

    :) cheers

    Isabel: Thanks for offering the information! :)

    • sesame says

      Depends on the size of the glass but typically 8 glasses translate to 2000ml which would mean 4 of those 500ml bottles.

  5. says

    hi! Renew rose hip oil not only good for scars and uneven skin tone but it can also use it on our lips and i found the effects is much better then any other lip balms. don’t worry it is very safe to eat. I’ve very dry skin, usually i will apply Renew moisturising cream after rose hip oil, the effects is fantastic! One more thing, only genuine natural ingredients will attract small insects such as ants and bees. if your skin care attract them which mean you are using genuine products.

  6. laura says

    If you don’t like plain water, try adding lemon juice to it. This helps detoxify and cleanse your body and it’s tastey (just a few drops or else it will probably be super sour!)

    I don’t believe we should have to force ourselves to drink more than our bodies need. Just drink when you are thirsty. Your body will tell you how much you need. I keep a water bottle with me all day and sip so I never really get extremely thirsty. Don’t try and force down gallons of water, your body doesn’t need it and you will spend the whole day peeing! lol.

    • Jeffrey says

      If you drink when you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. Water is also essential to muscle tone and elasticity. It is also important to note that if you increase exercise or have extra pounds you need more than 8 glasses of water per day. Lack of water to rid body of toxins also will result in urinary tract infections. After 29 years in the medical field it is amazing to see how much people avoid plain water.

  7. laura says

    OH Also, caffein in small amounts is not bad for you. Only in excess, as many things. In small amount cafein has health benefits. For every cup of coffee or strong tea you have, just drink one extra cup of water so you don’t get dehydrated :)

  8. says

    I have recently included in my
    before- bedtime regimen to drink a glass
    (200ml) or two (as recommended) of REDJUICE…it’s a mixture of 35 vegetable & fruit juices…it tasted nice though…it aids detoxifiation…

  9. Shazadia says

    I like sooo much water. Because when i have realized that water is very helpfull to lose our wait when i drink 10 to 12 glass in per day. And now because of drinking water i have lose my waight.

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