Beauty beverages are appearing more often on store shelves. Several companies sell beauty elixirs meant to make our skin beautiful from the inside-out. And it's no joke that what we put into our bodies affects our skin. Nutritionists and dermatologists affirm that a healthy balanced diet filled with fruits and vegetables, lean protein, good fats and whole grains is the best prescription for skin health. But can you boost your skin quality and glow factor with a potion?
The jury is mostly still out. You can't eat a terrible diet filled with fatty junk food and think a beauty elixir will bring you gorgeous skin. However, makers of the elixirs says sometimes a good diet alone isn't enough, so why not add skin-specific liquid ingredients to your healthy diet as part of your beauty routine?
Ideally, skin enhancing tonics are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids that technically benefit the skin. Elements like rose hips, tea, mushrooms, cucumbers, algae, pomegranates and more are perfect for pick-me-up skin tinctures, so putting them in a beverage won't hurt. With the popularity of home juicing, adding a skin-centric cocktail to your regimen should be no sweat. But be sure to drink plenty of water for skin health and only use a beauty boosting brew in addition, not as replacement, to a healthy diet and plenty of H2O. We've rounded up some homemade beauty elixirs to try.
1. Glow Green Juice
This juice filled with lots of fruits and veggies builds collagen and reduces fine lines.
- 1/2 lemon, squeezed
- Grating of ginger, to taste
- 1 sweet apple (such as red delicious, pink lady)
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 bunch parsley
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 red beet
- 1/2 handful kale (optional)
- Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a juicer and add a grating of ginger to taste
- Combine remaining ingredients with lemon and ginger and juice.
2. Mirror, Mirror Matcha
This warm and milky tea restores both your glow and your hydration.
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2-3 teaspoons honey, to taste
- Mix boiling water with matcha powder until dissolved in a large mug.
- Heat almond milk in small saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to boil, stirring slowly.
- Pour hot almond milk into the matcha mix and add honey to taste. Drink as warm tea.
3. Sweet Skin Smoothie
This smoothie will leave your skin dewy and smooth.
- 1 cucumber
- 1/2 lemon, peeled
- 1 cup purslane
- 1/2 cup pomegranate fruit
- Handful of cilantro
- Put all ingredients through a juicer or heavy blender.
4. Rosy Cheek Rose Hip Tea
This herbal tea has anti-aging properties.
- 4 heaping spoonfuls of rose hips
- 4 cups of water
- 4-6 spearmint or peppermint leaves
- 1 lime
- Stevia extract or powder to sweeten to taste (optional)
- Combine rose hips and water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer five minutes adding mint leaves at this time.
- Remove from heat and strain into a pitcher. Squeeze the juice from the lime in to the pitcher and sweeten to taste if desired with Stevia. Serve over ice.
5. 'Magic' Mushroom Juice
Your skin will feel rehydrated and regenerated, and you'll notice a reduction in dark spots.
- 1 apple
- 4 carrots
- 1/2 red beet
- 3-5 small cremini or bella mushrooms
- Slices of fresh ginger, to taste
- Put all ingredients through a juicer or power blender.