The Instagram accounts of your favorite celebrities who share timely pictures of their morning routines, workout schedules, and red carpet appearances may have you wonder about one thing – “How on earth do they manage to look so great all the time? Sure enough, they have a full-fledged team working to make them look the way they do. You can’t, however, deny that these starlets make a lot of right choices (even if those choices are hard) to remain fit and look beautiful. You must be aware that your dietary choices play a huge role in helping you achieve great skin and hair (you swear by an organic diet that Miranda Kerr recommends). But, have you considered the impact that the beverages you drink have on your beauty? Here, we’ve listed down five popular beverages and the many ways they affect your looks:
- Water – Drinking plenty of water every day is the most natural way to keep your skin and hair looking fabulous. Water helps flush out toxins from the body and lowers acne flare-ups, thereby making your skin glow. Since hair contains one-quarter water, drinking 8-10 glasses of water is important for the growth and maintenance of healthy hair. Dehydration can make your skin wrinkled and saggy prematurely. Adequate hydration can reduce the incidence of fine lines and thus prevent your skin from aging faster. Water even contributes to soft lips and the growth of healthy nails. If you’re not a fan of plain water, infuse it with mint leaves and lemon for a refreshing flavor.
- Coffee – Though we all love our morning coffee cuppa, there are certain beauty reasons why you should go easy on your daily caffeine kick. Since coffee is very acidic, it can trigger stress hormones and increase the production of oil in your skin, thereby giving rise to acne. Coffee also has diuretic properties that can dehydrate your skin and make it age faster. That being said, coffee isn’t entirely bad for you. A study by the British Journal of Dermatology found that caffeine has a growth-promoting effect on the hair follicles. The key, therefore, is to drink coffee in moderation and supplement it with increased water intake.
- Alcohol – Safe nighttime driving isn’t the only reason you should keep away from that bottle of vodka. Turns out, excessive alcohol consumption can greatly damage your skin as well. Like caffeine, alcohol also has a very dehydrating effect on your body that leaves your skin parched, and thus hastens its aging process. Alcohol can also make your face bloat since it increases the storage of the limited water content in your body to make up for the deficit. Alcohol even dehydrates your hair, causing it to become dry, weak, and brittle. Need we say more on why you should avoid your frequent binge drinking sessions?
- Coconut Water – This tropical delight has all the reasons to become a part of your beauty regimen. Coconut water is a great source of vitamin C that possesses skin healing and anti-aging properties owing to its collagen-boosting benefits. It can also fight sun damage. You can even use coconut water topically as a moisturizer. All you need to do to get a supple, fresh and bright glow is mix coconut water with a few lemon drops and apply it on your skin.
- Green Tea – Ever wondered about the secret behind the great skin and lustrous hair that Oriental people flaunt? Green tea probably has a huge role to play. A study published by Phytomedicine found that the EGCG contained in green tea stimulates hair follicles and thus promotes hair growth.The polyphenols present in green tea have photoprotective benefits that help protect the skin from photoaging, melanoma, and non-melanoma cancer. Green tea also helps improve the skin’s elasticity and makes it supple. What’s even better is that it boosts metabolism and aids weight loss as well.
So, the next time, in pursuit of achieving your beauty goals, make sure that you keep a tab on your beverage choices in addition to your food selections. Stay healthy, stay beautiful!
Author Bio : Karishma Sehgal
Being an ardent hairstyle, beauty and lifestyle enthusiast, I have contributed to a number of popular lifestyle magazines and blogs. My writings are mostly targeted towards young women on a budget who enjoy the art of looking good. Follow me on my brand new blog andTwitter!!