The foods we eat can have a big affect on your skin — and similarly so can the drinks we consume on a regular basis. Most importantly, you should make sure you drink enough water to help keep your skin looking youthful and bright, but there are other skin-healthy ingredients you can start incorporating into your diet to further see the youth-boasting results.
One of the biggest complaints women have as they age is that their skin tends to lose its elasticity and sags. This common issue is only aggravated by the fact that topical creams and lotions simply can not penetrate deep enough to make an impact. But Kwan Dermatology reminds us that this is where dietary choices play a major role in maintaining healthy skin.
“Your lifestyle choices are your first defense against premature aging. Avoiding excessive sun exposure and smoking will help prevent sagging skin. Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+, along with the use of a daily moisturizer fully-loaded with peptides and lipids will help prevent the skin from aging prematurely. Diet plays an equally important role in your skin health. It is no real surprise that what you put into your body will affect the appearance of your skin.”
To help give your skin that extra boost of hydration and keep it looking its very best, experts recommend drinking aloe vera. Most of us know of aloe vera as a soothing plant-based ointment that can be applied to sunburns and distressed skin to help promote healing but in addition to its topical use, the ingredient is being used more often in drinks to promote a healthier complexion. Ever heard of aloe vera juice shots and more elaborate aloe vera smoothies?
The advantages of drinking aloe vera juice are believed to be pretty extensive -- for your entire body -- and include helping with conditions like diabetes, asthma, epilepsy and brittle bones, according to Livestrong. Aloe vera extract itself is “recommended for skin tightening, skin brightening, acne, and dry skin. It is said to increase collagen production and thus improve the texture of your skin.”
The ingredient is used in a slew of skincare creams and lotions, including ones that might already be in your beauty regime. By adding aloe vera into a drink once a day, you can help give your skin extra hydration and encouraging the production of collagen, for younger-looking skin.
Before adding aloe vera into your diet, check with your doctor. Try this Green Drink With Aloe Vera recipe to get your fix.