Certainly, it’s a good idea to keep up with your skin care routine all year. High quality day and night creams are recommended throughout every season, but winter can sometimes be especially hard on skin. Irritation and sensitivity can lead to unwanted breakouts.
You can help combat inflammation and breakouts by trying one of the following drinks before bed every night for a week. Judge the results for yourself. You will be amazed at the difference!
Spearmint tea has been shown to drastically decrease inflammation and breakouts, especially among those who drink 2 cups a day over a long period of time (approximately one month, although initial results will be visible after one week). Inflammation is often cited as one of the leading causes of acne and breakouts, so attacking it at the source is smart.
Remember, you are looking specifically for spearmint, not peppermint, and you want to look for organic herbal teas, not caffeinated teas. The caffeine might interfere not only with the anti-inflammatory properties, but also with your sleep.
By mixing 1 teaspoon of turmeric with hot water, you are making yourself a very powerful anti-inflammatory cocktail. Turmeric contains curcumin, which not only has anti-inflammatory properties, but also antimicrobial properties as well. An overgrowth of bacteria can cause breakouts, so turmeric tea actually targets two different possible causes of breakouts: inflammation, and bacteria.
Turmeric is found in some topical skin treatments, but it is also extremely beneficial to take internally this way. If you find the taste of turmeric a little intense, sip slowly, and give yourself time to get used to it.
Bear with us for this one. Drinking a cup of warm water might seem strange, and the benefits might not be immediately obvious, but some pretty incredible things happen when you take in this simple substance. For starters, any amount of water you take in is helping keep your skin healthy and hydrated, but the benefits keep going.
Warm water helps aid digestion, and there are many close correlations between food, digestive health, and your skin condition. When your digestive system is working properly, it can more effectively extract the nutrients your skin needs.
So, if you’re not too big a fan of herbal teas, don’t worry. Just warm water can be helpful as well.
Tart Cherry Juice
You may have seen this drink being sold in grocery stores and being advertised as a natural sleep aid. As it turns out, tart cherry juice is pretty incredible on several fronts, one of them being overall skin health. The dark, rich color of this juice means that it is full of antioxidants and important vitamins (particularly vitamin C) which will help keep your skin looking its best. Like some of the other drinks on this list, tart cherry juice is also an effective anti-inflammatory.
When shopping for tart cherry juice, look for organic varieties without added sugar. And yes, it is very tart, so just like with the turmeric tea, sip slowly and take your time.
You can start tonight by trying one of the simple drinks about an hour before bed. Remember, look for organic varieties were possible, avoid added sweeteners, and definitely avoid caffeine so close to bedtime. Keep track of the changes in your skin, and see for yourself how important anti-inflammatory drinks can be in the battle against breakouts.