“Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” – Derek Zoolander
The merman had a point—we all know that well-hydrated skin is beautiful skin. That’s why we obsess over finding the most emollient moisturizers, taking regular hyaluronic acid vitamins, and using sheet masks on the reg to keep skin looking fresh and youthful.
But true glowy, dewy skin starts at a cellular level. The fastest way to reverse signs of aging and rehab haggard, thirsty skin? Get hydrated. Of course, chugging H2O all day long will get you that radiant look you’re going for, but drinking 64 ounces of water a day just gets kind of boring (and calls for excessive bathroom breaks …) You can drink your way to better skin without forcing yourself to refill your water bottle every hour. Just follow this simple, 24-hour guide for the ideal beverages to drink for no-filter skin.
Sip eight ounces of water with a touch of lemon. The water instantly makes skin more bouncy and plump, which helps to fill fine lines and wrinkles and soften the appearance of undereye bags. Lemon is a natural detoxifier, and after a few days of drinking lemon water you’ll likely notice a decrease in breakouts and redness. Add a little squirt of lemon to your reusable water bottle (we like Cheeky’s double insulated stainless steel bottles because they maintain temperature so well and have a wide mouth that makes for easy cleaning!) so you can sip flavored water all day long.
Contrary to popular belief, coffee isn’t actually too dehydrating for your skin. In fact, the caffeine in a cup of joe can temporarily tighten skin, which helps it look more youthful. Plus, coffee beans have antioxidants that undo free radical damage from sun exposure and other toxins. Bulletproof coffee is a drink made with coconut or MCT oil—both are healthy fats that promote hydration.
You’ve probably applied aloe vera topically to soothe a painful sunburn or cooking burn, but did you know that drinking aloe juice has the same cooling effect on the inside of your bod? Not only is aloe water extra hydrating for skin, it also improves digestion—making it the perfect lunchtime bevvie.
During that afternoon energy drop-off: green tea or kombucha
Kombucha is made from green tea and has powerful probiotics that can fight acne, but if you don’t love the vinegary taste of ‘booch than order yourself a green tea. Tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins and polyphenols, which help protect skin from UV radiation by decreasing the chances of sunburn.
Want something a little sweet, but not heavy? Stir a spoonful of Moon Juice’s Beauty Dust powder into fresh almond milk. The Beauty Dust contains luminizing ingredients like pearl powder and Schisandra berry, and almond milk contains healthy monounsaturated fats that give you an internal glow.