I’m really a lover of a good BOLD roast coffee bean, smooth and rich with hints of chocolate and berries. With that being said, I, like many other Americans, I consume more than my fair share in a 24-hour period, in part because I’m a hardworking business owner, always a cup-in-hand, the other is because it’s absolutely delicious! Who can resist it?
Unfortunately, coffee contains caffeine and while caffeine isn’t all bad, an over-consumption of caffeinated drinks can wreck havoc on your skin, especially if you aren’t consuming the recommended amount of water that your body needs to stay hydrated and flush out toxins.
Caffeine is actually dehydrating and skin needs hydration. Health advisers recommended that for approximately every 100 milligrams of caffeine you consume – for instance, the approximate amount in one cup of coffee or two cups of black tea – you should drink an additional cup of water to compensate for caffeine’s diuretic effect.
On the other hand, herbal teas are naturally decaffeinated (usually). Herbal teas, if store bought, are made from the dried flowers and leaves of many of the medicinal plants that we discuss in this blog. Herbal teas, are generally detoxifying, immune boosting and of course, they promote healthy, glowing skin!
Here, I share with you one of my favorite decaffeinated herbal teas. It gets skin loving vitamin c from the lemon and hibiscus which lends to glowing, youthful, hydrated skin. Drink this hot or cold.
BODYTRUTH Skin Tonic
Peel and roughly chop [or grate] the fresh ginger root and add it to your teacup.
Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, raw honey, and flower petals. Cover with hot water and let steep for 8-10 minutes.
Add more lemon & honey to taste if desired.
Strain (if preferred).
Ginger Root has many benefits from digestive support to circulation. It is used for stimulating blood circulation through out the body, which helps the skin to detoxify and regenerate.
Lemon contains vitamin C, an antioxidant which helps in slowing down the free radical damage in body and promotes a healthy glow.
Hibiscus Flower is a powerhouse in itself. It is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which exfoliate skin, speed up cell turnover, and help to control acne breakouts. On top of the AHA activity are the antioxidants, anthocyanocides. These not only protect the skin from free radical damage, but have astringent properties that help shrink pores. They have an anti-inflammatory effect as well, which soothe inflamed skin and helps calm conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis.
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