Nuh-uh…We are not talking yet another BB cream *yawn* or its CC reincarnation, for that matter. We’re talking about SKIN’s innovative new crop of good ol’ so-healthy-you-glow delicious BB’s – Beauty Beverages.
While the importance of a well-planned skincare regime is unquestionable, good nutrition plays a vital role to build health and youthfulness in every cell of our body. So give your body the TLC it’s thirsty for with these DIY beauty drinks that are not loaded with sugar, emulsifiers or preservatives, and drink up to gorgeous glowing skin!
Pity the trees permanently branded by increasing rings with each passing year. They don’t have the privilege of sipping this wrinkle-defender-cum-breakfast-on-the-go. This berry-licious smoothie is bursting with youth-preserving antioxidants, supplements omega fatty acids that are essential for both your heart and skin, and packs in a sweet-tasting dose of dietary fibre to keep you satiated and slim.
To Age-Proof Your Skin Sans Preservatives:
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup low-fat or non-fat milk
- 1/2 cup blueberries or strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tablespoon dried goji berries (a.k.a wolfberries)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 3 to 4 ice cubes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Blend ingredients till it’s all nice and smooth.
Back-Up Plan: No time for DIY? Try the brand new Brand’s InnerShine RubyCollagen Drink that’s fortified with Astaxanthin to help you fight free radical damage and the signs of ageing from within.
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Summer’s right round the corner. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant and your buddy against the blazing rays. While it does not replace your sunblock, it’ll form an additional line of defense as no sunscreen is 100 percent effective and most of us don’t apply enough in the first place.
To Fend Off the Spots and Sun Damage:
- 4 small tomatoes (select ripest ones for more sweetness)
- 1/3 cup onions (chopped)
- 1/4 cup green pepper (roughly chopped)
- 2 tablespoons celery (sliced)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pinch black pepper, or tabasco sauce to taste
- Stevia natural sweetener to taste (optional)
SKIN BALANCING TEA
Putting up with pimples way past puberty? Make pearl barley your new BFF. Long used to calm cranky complexions and stomachs, it is also found to have cancer-fighting potential. Green tea is another inexpensive superfood well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Combined with lemon for skin-brightening vitamin C, this makes the perfect refreshing and rehydrating beauty potion in the sweltering heat.
To Balance Sebum and Clarify Skin:
- 30g Chinese pearl barley (job’s tears)
- 1 green tea bag
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 500ml water
- 1 lemon (juiced)
Rinse barley under cold water. Place in pot with water. Boil over low heat till cooked. Strain as you pour barley water into a cup with honey and green tea. Stir in lemon juice to taste. Serve hot or chilled.
Back-Up Plan: DHC Cleacnea or Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement reach from within to banish breakouts.
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ZEN BEAUTY TEA
Rose, rose, we love you – for good reasons. Besides providing a mega dose of vitamin C to boost collagen and skin brightness, the delicately perfumed rose tea detoxifies the body, reduces water retention, ease menstrual cramps, relieves some of that edgy PMS tension and soothes queasy tummies. Longan and red dates not only add a natural sweetness, these vitamins- and iron-rich Oriental babes have been used for centuries to prevent anaemia and to nourish the body and skin against the ravages of time. Plus, all three ingredients are dried, convenient to store, and easily available at Asian grocery stores.
To Restore the Peace & Pretty During PMS:
- 2 teaspoon dried organic roses
- 3 dried red dates
- 3 dried longans
Place ingredients in a cup. Pour in boiling water and allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
Read More: How the Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Skin
– By Emily Wong