Sip Your Way to a Better Complexion With These Skin-Loving Drinks
Once the temps drop, it’s time to crank up your K-beauty game. Besides revamping your vanity with cold-weather skincare products, add these toasty skin-loving drinks to your daily rotation so you can sip your way to a more beautiful complexion.
There’s nothing like sweater weather to make us frequent our fave coffee spot more often or brew up a cozy cup of something hot at home. We all know curling up in a soft blanket on a cold night just isn’t the same without a cup of hot cocoa.
So this cold season, while we’re sipping on something anyway, why not make it count? Warm up with hot skin-loving drinks that’ll benefit your pursuit of near-perfect skin. Here’s a menu of beverages your derm would approve of.
As if we needed any more reason to drink coffee on the daily, here’s the best one yet. Consumed in responsible moderation, it works wonders not just for your energy and alertness levels but for your skin as well. A cup of coffee is brewing with flavonoids, the key antioxidant player in your daily drip. That means your cup of joe helps fend off signs of premature aging caused by exposure to free radicals, heat, UV rays, and pollution.
If you’re trying to kick caffeine for whatever reason, you can still enjoy its beauty benefits by using it as an exfoliant or scrub to smooth skin or as a facial mask to stimulate and boost blood flow. Good morning, fresh and awake skin!
The sisters that broke the Internet claim one of the secrets to their age-defying skin is drinking lukewarm water every morning. Sounds not-so-Internet-breaking, but science actually backs up this claim. Drinking very warm water in the morning flushes toxins out of the body by dissolving food in your stomach faster. This not only relieves your digestive system from working so hard, but it leads to healthier, more youthful-looking skin, as fewer toxins mean a clearer complexion, increased skin elasticity, and fewer signs of premature aging. Drinking warm water also enhances blood circulation, which can help you score that lit-from-within glow.
On second thought … but first, hot water.
Hailed as “golden milk,” turmeric lattes are especially popular in the UK for their health and beauty benefits. Generally comprised of cold-pressed turmeric juice and some type of non-dairy milk (such as almond or coconut), this cocktail is especially amazing for your skin. Spiced with antibacterial qualities, turmeric can relieve redness and irritated skin, while its antibacterial powers target breakouts and acne. It’s also known to aid in moisture retention, helping to prevent wrinkles and dry skin. Not to mention, the gorgeous golden hue also makes for a seriously likable Instagram post.
Matcha is a magical powder form of green tea that’s bursting with powerful beauty benefits for your skin. In short, it can regulate sebum, reduce inflammation, and banish blemishes. How? Over-oiliness leads to blocked pores, which aggravates inflammation and also leads to acne. Matcha contains EGCG, an antioxidant polyphenol that balances out hormone levels related to the production of excess sebum. The powerful green tea variety also boasts anti-fungal properties and can control yeast production, which empowers your skin to fight against acne.
Chai tea is so popular that it’s almost considered #basic, but it still deserves a spot in your flat lay. This powerful black tea is infused with energizing herbs — most commonly ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and black pepper — and stimulates blood circulation. This increases the supply of blood flow to the skin to reduce puffiness and dark circles, as well as for that covetable glow. A lot of the ingredients are also packed with powerful antioxidants that fight free radical damage and regenerate new skin cells, averting signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. As if that weren’t enough to sell us, drinking chai tea also alleviates inflammation and can help reduce blemishes.
Before you raise your pinkies up, please note that drinking piping hot liquids is dangerous and can even lead to esophageal cancer. So remember to wait till your drink cools down a tad bit before tea-timing to better skin. Bottoms up!
What’s your default drink in colder temps? Will you be adding any of these skin-loving drinks to your menu?