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When it comes to supporting skin health, no beverage is better than water. But we understand drinking water all of the time can be a bit boring. So we looked into it and found some of our other favorite beverages have great skin benefits. As a bonus, the antioxidants that make these beverages healthy for skin have also been found to have benefits in skincare products. So whether you drink the antioxidants or apply them directly to skin, you will be supporting skin health.

Coffee:

When you drink it
Caffeine in coffee has long been enjoyed as a pick me up. The health benefits of coffee and caffeine have been debated over the years. One recent study published in January in the Journal for the National Cancer Institute, however, shows that coffee may protect against skin cancer. It found that the polyphenols and caffeine found in coffee may help control cancer fighting processes in the body. In addition, the study found that vitamins released during the coffee bean roasting process may protect against UV damage and caffeine itself may absorb UV rays protecting DNA from damage.

On your skin
The most effective use for caffeine in skincare products appears to be reducing dark, puffy circles under the eyes. Eye creams with caffeine help shrink the blood vessels under the eyes making them less visible. It may also be effective at reducing redness and firming skin on the rest of the face. The effect is temporary – the benefits will go away when you wash away the cream.

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Orange Juice/ Vitamin C

When you drink it
The beverage of choice for getting your daily dose of vitamin C is orange juice. Also found in many fruits and vegetables, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that has been found to boost production of collagen fibers that help keep skin smooth and firm. Vitamin C has also been linked to reduction of wrinkles.

On your skin
Your skin relies on antioxidants like vitamin C for protection against free radicals that can cause damage and speed up signs of aging. Vitamin C can be absorbed into your skin and has been shown to reduce the appearance of skin discolorations and wrinkles, enhance skin’s repair process, reduce inflammation and help skin better withstand exposure to sunlight.

Green tea

When you drink it

Green tea is power packed with flavonoids – antioxidants that help fight and may even prevent cell damage from free radicals. By impeding the effect of sunlight exposure, the powerful combination of flavonoids in green tea can help to prevent skin cancer and inflammation.

On your skin
It seems that the powerful antioxidants in green tea may show benefits in skincare as well. A study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that women whose skin was treated with green tea extract were more protected against the adverse effects of sunlight exposure.

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Red Wine/ Resveratrol

When you drink it
Studies have shown drinking a glass of red wine a day may help prevent a multitude of health problems. Resveratrol, which is found in the skin of the grape, is a polyphenol that is thought to have antioxidant properties that protects the body against all kinds of damage. Resveratrol may also help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart and improve circulation. Better circulation brings more oxygen to skin cells, which can make skin look healthier.

On your skin
Like other antioxidants, resveratrol has topical benefits as well. It has been found to protect against sun damage, improve collagen synthesis and reduces cell damage.

To drink or to apply? Good thing you don’t need to choose! Whether in your diet or in your skincare products, antioxidants are an important element in boosting skin health. Get other tips and support from your own personal skincare coach – OKU! Learn more and pre-order at getoku.com!

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