Water is probably the most important nutrient we consume. Necessary for the proper functioning of body cells - including skin cells, the largest organ in our body - it is essential that we consume sufficient water daily (while the right amount depends on many factors, the commonly accepted amount is 2.7L for women and 3.7L for men).
It only takes a 1-2% loss of total body water content for our body to be in a state of dehydration which might not only hold long term health implications but actually have a negative effect on our cognitive ability and mood.
Most of us understand how crucial proper hydration is to our health, yet according to the European Hydration Institute, across much of the developed world, we live in a constant state of dehydration which has a long term effect on health, including skin health!
One reason could be because drinking water is well, boring! If you are one of those that shun water because it's boring, then try out these 5 delicious and healthy fruit infused water for different skin types that will not just improve hydration but also help improve your complexion over time!
These fruits-infused water recipes are easy to make and contain naturally-occurring sugars from the fruits which is super low in calories. With the refreshing taste, it makes drinking water more enjoyable, so give it a go and start drinking your way to healthier skin!
FOR DRY SKIN: ORANGE + BLUEBERRY + WATER
Suffering from dry and flaky skin? You can’t go wrong with this tasty orange and blueberry combination.
Oranges are a common source of dietary Vitamin C, a crucial element needed in the production of structural protein collagen that holds skin together. Consuming a healthy suppy can help promote smoother skin while a lack of Vitamin C can cause follicles to become damaged and make skin appear rough and uneven.
Blueberries boost blood circulation to the tiny blood vessels under the skin helping to deliver nourishment that prevents skin thinning and increase radiance. A superfood rich in antioxidants that can help combat free radical damage, Blueberries are also a rich source of skin healthy nutrients such as Vitamin C, E, Omega-3, Potassium and Magnesium.
FOR ANTI-AGEING: WATERMELON + STRAWBERRY + WATER + MINT
Trying to turn back the hands of father time? Get a regular dose of this Watermelon and Strawberry combo!
Strawberry contains skin-nourishing Vitamins A, C and E and is a rich source of antioxidants and other skin healthy minerals such as Potassium and Magnesium. They also contain two exfoliative acids - Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Ellagic Acid - that help eliminate dead skin cells. With its cooling energy, Strawberries help generate hydrating fluids that keep your skin smooth, strong and supple.
Consisting of a whopping 92% water content, watermelon is unsurprisingly known for its hydrating effect but this refreshing fruit is also packed with antioxidants such as Betacarotene that support skin health. Among other vitamins and minerals, this “wondermelon” also contains Lycopene, which acts as a natural sunblock and specifically helps to prevent discolouration, changes in texture and fine lines and wrinkles.
FOR OILY SKIN: ORANGE + LEMON + KIWI + WATER
The most common problem associated with oily skin is acne. To help manage oily skin, go for this double citrus concoction with a Kiwi twist!
In addition to being rich in collagen boosting Vitamin C, Lemons have astringent and antiseptic properties that help balance the negative effects of a diet high in processed meats and saturated fats. The purifying properties of Lemon make it ideal for combating oily skin.
Kiwi also contain Vitamin C, E and K and a whole bunch of phytonutrients and minerals such as Copper, Potassium and Manganese that help support collagen production. Collagen production helps with healing and firming your skin reducing the appearance of acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles and is key to a smoother looking complexion.
FOR COMBINATION SKIN: CUCUMBER + POMEGRANATE + WATER
If like the vast majority of people, you identify as having combination skin, don’t fret, try this Cucumber and Pomegranate mix.
The humble Cucumber isn’t a stranger to skincare and is a rehydrating beauty food that is easily found. Containing collagen building silica and skin-strengthening Sulphur that tones and firms fine skin, Cucumber is also rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K, a vitamin that promotes elasticity in your skin. With a high water content, the cooling cucumber is both refreshing and delicious.
Pomegranate is a natural antimicrobial and contains powerful antioxidant Polyphenols such as Catechins and Anthocyanins that help to strengthen the upper layers of your skin, increasing its protection. This colourful fruit is also rich in Vitamins B6, C, Zinc and Magnesium, that have a whole host of skincare benefits.
FOR DULL SKIN: LIME + PINEAPPLE + WATER
Life may be dull but your skin shouldn’t be! Spice up your hydration menu with this Pina Colada inspired fruit infusion that will leave you refreshed and your skin invigorated.
Limes are rich in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that has a variety of skin benefits such as treating acne damage, dark spots, freckles and other forms of hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C also also helps brighten your skin and protects your skin from damage caused by environmental stressors.
Pineapple is also rich in Vitamins C and E which are powerful antioxidants known to brighten and even out skin tone while promoting collagen and elastin production. This tropical fruit is not only yummy but also rich in other important nutrients such as Manganese, Potassium and Copper.
HOW TO MAKE THESE FRUIT INFUSED DRINKS1. Slice and add in fruits according to the above recipes. You may also add chia seeds or honey for an extra crunch and sweetness.
2. Add 500ml of water (If you plan to add more, do adjust the fruits accordingly)
3. Let it soak for at least 30 mins for the fruits to release its flavors before drinking. Although, you may want to take out the citrus (lemon, orange) after a few hours to prevent bitterness from the peel.
These fruit infused water recipes are simple and add some variety to plain ‘ol water. They make a deliciously refreshing drink that encourages you to drink more water while providing your skin and body with added nutrients that help keep you looking at your best. Fruit infused waters are an awesome, hydrating alternative to soft drinks, tea or coffee.
Although some fruits may be more suited for specific skin types, it doesn’t hurt to mix it up and create your very own unique drink! If you have a favourite colour, make a jar of fruit infused water to match it! Most importantly, consistency is key! Drink these fruits-infused water daily and you’ll be on the road to healthy, beautiful skin in no time!
Stay hydrated my friends!