Six Tips for Healthy Skin

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5. Dial Back on Coffee, Alcohol, and Soda

Just as water is essential to keep skin looking young and bright, too much coffee, alcohol, or soda can have the opposite effect. Because those beverages are considered diuretics, consuming them prompts the body to flush its fluids, sometimes to the point of dehydration. The result is that your skin is left looking dry and dull. Alcohol has the additional risk of dilating facial blood vessels, causing redness that could eventually lead to permanent spidery facial veins. Those with skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema may find themselves experiencing flare-ups after alcohol consumption, as well.

Limiting coffee, alcohol and soda can be tricky for those that truly enjoy a good drink; but, it is not impossible. If you must drink coffee, consider switching to a ‘lighter’ espresso blend, or a decaffeinated version instead. Or better yet – consider one of the many, delicious varieties of ‘coffee substitute’, currently on the market. Coffee substitutes are all-natural, grain-based powders with the appearance and flavor of coffee, without the caffeine. If you must drink soda, you can apply a similar technique: search for fruit-based, or all-natural sodas with no added sugar, or caffeine. Plain, sparkling water is an excellent substitute for soda, may be rich in minerals, and may also be embellished with fresh organic fruit, or fruit juice.