As promised, I wanted to share more about my skin routine and the different things I do to keep it healthy in the most natural and organic way possible. While I will eventually get to what I put ‘on’ my skin, I think it is more important to start with what you put ‘in’ your skin, as I believe true beauty comes from within (both physically and emotionally). There are two parts to what I put into my body for healthy skin: vitamins (which we will discuss later) and detox waters. Two out of three of these detox drinks use water and simple house hold items. In fact, they seem so simple you might even wonder if they make a difference. I’ve done plenty of research over the years and have pulled some facts together so you can make your own educated decision, but in my opinion detox water definitely makes a difference.
8 ounces of water + Juice of half of lemon (can be diluted more to suit your tastes)
Every morning I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, and then grab a glass of lemon water. Every.single.morning. My skin has started to glow just a little bit more, and I’ve noticed my morning breathe growing fainter and fainter. Here are some other benefits:
- Packed with vitamin C, citric acid, potassium (nourishes brain and nerve cells as well as your heart), calcium, phosphorus, magnesium
- Lemon juice in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning helps flush out toxins and replenishes body salts (also good after a workout)
- Aids in the production of bile and digestive juices which aids in your digestion and also relieves indigestion symptoms
- Enhances enzyme function which stimulates your liver and aids in cleansing your system
- Helps prevent wrinkles and acne and promotes clear skin
- The pectin fiber in lemon is beneficial for colon health as well as an appetite suppressant thus helping you lose weight
- Lemon is a powerful antibacterial and helps aid against the common cold as well as the growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and disease
- Gives you an energy boost which is helpful for those trying to cut caffeine
- Maintains healthy eyes and fights against eye health problems
- It balances and maintains healthy pH levels in your body
- Dissolves uric acids which helps reduce pain and inflammation in your joints and knees
Please note: One side effect of lemon water can be its harsh effect on your teeth enamel. It is recommended that you brush your teeth prior to drinking lemon water and then do not brush again until at least 3 hours after. You can also swish plain water around your mouth after drinking your lemon water. You can read more about the benefits of lemon detox water here and here.
8 ounces of water + 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (make sure it is unfiltered)
8 ounces of seltzer water + 1 tablespoon of vinegar + a splash of juice (typically cranberry juice…you want some that is 100% juice with nothing added)
The benefits of drinking vinegar water are similar to lemon water. It’s great for detoxing and it’s also high in potassium. I find that drinking vinegar detox water helps me to stay detoxed and debloated. Some other benefits include:
- Apple cider vinegar has all the same benefits that apples do, meaning it is packed with enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, beta carotene, calcium, iron, pectin, silicon and potassium.
- It helps keep blood pressure low
- It can aid in the prevention of colon cancer
- Apple cider vinegar helps lower glucose levels which in turn can help with diabetes
- It also aids with weight loss by acting as an appetite suppressant, reducing water retention, increase metabolism, and helping with digestion
Please note: To receive these benefits you must use apple cider vinegar that is raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, made from organic apples, and includes something about ‘the mother’ (aka the translucent film floating around in the vinegar) on the label. The brand I like to use is Bragg’s, which you can find online, at Whole Foods, or any other health store or specialty market. You can read more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar detox water here.
Herb Pharm Dermal Health Drops
8 ounces of water + 1 dropper of Dermal Health, 3x a day
While this compound is also great for detoxing your system and keeping your liver clean, its primary focus is detoxing the skin to help aid in relief of skin diseases such eczema, psoriasis, and acne. I have been drinking leon and vinegar water for years, but this detox solution is a recent recommendation. It was recommended to me by the lady who runs the herb shop in our neighborhood, and while it didn’t clear up my skin issues, I have noticed a big difference. Here are the ingredients found in this compound as well as links to pages with each of their benefits:
- Burdock Seed: here and here
- Stinging Nettle Seed: here
- Sarsaparilla Root: here
- Yellow Dock Root: here
- Spilanthes Flowering Herb: here
- Ginger Rhizome: here
Please note: This is by far the most expensive detox drink on the list and also probably the hardest to come by. The flavor is also not the most pleasant.
*Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. These are simply things that have worked for me, my research on them, and my observations of how they have worked. Please consult your physician with any questions*