Of all the changes in season, the leap from spring to summer usually wreaks the most havoc on skin. Break outs, blackheads and clogged pores often crop up thanks to everything from sweat to sunscreen. And while a gentle skincare routine is a must, I’ve found that it’s not always enough to keep my skin supple and pimple-free. This time of year I love whipping up some skin-clearing elixirs to get my skin back on track.
Fresh fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help soothe inflammation and clear pores. Antioxidants reduce free radical damage in all areas of the body and help skin look smoother and younger. Vitamins A, C, and E boost skin health, elasticity and suppleness. And an extra dose of hydration keeps skin glowing.
Mix and match fresh ingredients or add in other antioxidant-rich super foods to make your own elixirs. When it comes to smooth, radiant skin, the flavor combinations are seriously endless. Plus, certain vitamins and minerals may even help boost your skin’s inherent SPF. But that doesn’t mean you should ditch the sunscreen! Just rest easy knowing that your skin won’t wither under the harsh summer sun.
Here’s how to make ’em.
Spicy ACV Lemonade
Raw apple cider vinegar has long been a skin-clearing staple. Like other fermented foods, ACV contains probiotics that help keep your gut and digestive system healthy. It’s also believed to help support the liver and flush toxins from the body. And lemon juice is loaded with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which decreases inflammation. That’s a one-two punch for your skin.
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
Combine everything in a glass and drink.
Watermelon Lime Spritzer
This miracle ingredient in this elixir is lycopene, an amino acid found in bright red fruits like watermelon. Lycopene has long been used in acne products because it helps reduce free radicals, soothe inflammation and protect skin from environmental toxins that can cause breakouts. Watermelon is also loaded with vitamin A, which encourages collagen and elastin regeneration so your skin looks youthful and supple.
- 1.5 cups watermelon
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 2 limes slices
- 7 mint leaves
- 3 cups water
Combine everything in a blender and puree until smooth. Strain out the solids and enjoy the juice over ice with extra mint leaves for garnish.
Raspberry Aloe Water
Raspberries are anti-inflammatory powerhouses thanks to flavonoids known as anthocyanins. They slow the signs of aging and reduce inflammation throughout the entire body – even in your skin. Rich in fiber, they also improve digestion and encourage the body to expel toxins. A teaspoon of beet powder adds blood-boosting vitamins like iron and zinc and helps improve circulation. And hydrating aloe vera is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that help protect your skin.
Combine the raspberries and beet powder in a glass. Use a muddler to mash the berries and incorporate the beet powder. Add the coconut water, then place the aloe leaves in the glass cut side down so some of the juice runs into the glass. Either strain out the berries before drinking or eat them for added beauty-boosting benefits.48