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Your skin is exposed to dust, smoke and smog on a daily basis. Having clear, glowing skin requires you to feed on a combination of essential nutrients, which means there is no one magical ingredient that gives you perfect skin.
We are told to make sure there are nutrients in the food we eat, but do we stop to consider what we drinks? We eat about 3 – 4 meals a day, and with all those meals we have drinks. And throughout the day we get thirsty, especially in sunny Singapore, and what do we do? We drink.
In a perfect world, everyone would drink water, which is what is best for our body and skin. But let’s face it, most people want something with a little more flavour. So the next time you look for a thirst quencher, try to have something that has one or more of the following.

Vitamin A

Retinoic acid, a converted form of Vitamin A, is crucial in making new skin cells. Skin cells are your body’s first line of defense against physical damage and disease and so are produced and replaced rapidly. Vitamin A is also needed for producing glycoproteins, which give cells structure and help them attach to each other.
In other words, Vitamin A supports firmer skin and helps prevent fine lines and skin damage. A deficiency in Vitamin A can lead to hard scaly skin.

Vitamin B

There are many types of Vitamin B and some of them play a role in the health of your skin. Biotin supports the creation of fatty acids within the body while riboflavin (Vitamin B2) supports the breakdown of fatty acids for various cell needs; the lack of either of these can lead to different kinds of skin disorders, or dermatitis.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) supports the one of the most basic functions: the process that turns your food into energy; a deficiency in niacin can lead to red and rough skin.
Folic acid (Vitamin B9), in combination with Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C, help red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, including the tissue in your face; without it, your skin would appear sallow and ill.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is responsible for the producing collagen, which is an important protein used to make skin, scar tissue, muscles, tendons and blood vessels. Collagen makes up 80% of the skin.
Vitamin C is able to attack free-radicals and also helps recycle Vitamin E so that it too can prevent free-radical damage. Vitamin C is a double-threat when it comes to protecting you skin from ultraviolet exposure. Dry, scaly and rough skin result from low amounts of vitamin C in your body.

Vitamin E

This vitamin directly protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation and supports the repair of damaged skin cells. Every day, your skin is exposed to free-radicals and even produces it during exercise.
Free-radicals are known to attack healthy cells, even DNA. Vitamin E can destroy the free-radicals before they cause damage to skin cells as well as prevent a host of chronic diseases. It is known to be an excellent skin cancer fighter. Vitamin also help to keep cells moist, helping to prevent the superficial signs of aging.

Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids

Both of these are fatty acids deemed “essential” because your body cannot produce them on its own.
Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are important fatty acids that lower the production of free-radicals and help fortify the walls of skin cells so that they hold in moisture and nutrients.
Neglecting your essential fatty acids can lead to dry and irritated skin.

Selenium, copper and iron

These trace minerals all support Vitamins A, C and E - also known as antioxidants - in the prevention of free-radical damage. Copper is vital in the production of collagen, an important component of your skin cells.

Blend your way to better skin

If you are a DIY sort of person, you can use the knowledge of the nutrients you need, and out together vitamins in various combinations to meet the nutritional needs of your skin.
It is simple to drink yourself healthy. There are many easy to make drinks that are just great for your skin. The following recipes are easy to make with easy-to-find ingredients so that you can help meet your daily requirements of skin-healthy nutrients in a few gulps - all you will need is a blender!

The V8

1/2 Tomato
1/4 Cucumber
1 Carrot
1 Celery stalk
A handful of Spinach
1/2 Red Pepper
1/2-Cup Cabbage
1 Green Onion
This may sound a bit strange, but is a very powerful skin healer, protector and cleanser.

Skin Deep

2 Beets (with leaves)
2 Cucumbers
5 Carrots
This juice is a wonderful drink to help with sunburn.

Carrot Blush

4 Carrots
1 Beet
6 Romaine leaves or Dark Green Lettuce
4 Spinach leaves
4 Sprigs parsley
This is a blood regenerator, high in iron and chlorophyll.

Skin Tonic

1 Cucumber
2 Sticks of Celery
1 Small to medium clove of Garlic
Ginger - 1 inch
Juices with cucumber are beneficial for skin care as it is rich in the mineral silica, which is good for the complexion and skin elasticity.

Runners Rise

3 Oranges
2 Pears
1 Small yam
Oranges help improve skin texture, moisture and reduce body heat.

Clear Complexion Cooler

2 Cups spinach
1 Cup of parsley
4 Oranges
Spinach is rich in iron and orange juice is full of vitamin C, which work wonders for a clear complexion.

Melon Mover

1 Cantaloupe
5 Ice cubes
Dash of cinnamon
Melons are powerful agents in the fight against skin cancer.

Strawberry Grape Surprise

8 Strawberries
4 oz Green or purple grapes
Blend these ingredients with ice to help hydrate and combat dry skin.

Citrus Crush

1 Pineapple
2 Pink grapefruit
2 Lemons-juice and rind
2 Limes-juice and rind
Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps promote healthy skin.

Leave it to the experts

If you want the best that money can buy, in just the right amounts, there is a large variety of beauty foods and drinks fortified with cocktails of ingredients that promise anti-aging and skin-nourishing benefits. These formulas provide benefits you may not be able to get by blending your own juices.
Vitamins A and E are fat-soluble vitamins, meaning that they can be stored for long periods of time in fat deposits within your body. Do beware however, that you do not overload your body with these vitamins. On the other hand, Vitamins B and C are water-soluble and the body expels any excess of them.
Collagen, the skin’s natural building blocks now come in liquid form if you want to supplement your body’s natural production. You can also sometimes find selenium, copper and iron combined with each other or with others nutrients in drinks.
There are also drinks that have many other ingredients which are said to boost your beauty and fortify your skin. These include aloe vera, coenzyme Q10 or other phytonutrients and antioxidants.
So don’t just drink to quench your thirst! Your skin needs beverages too! LW

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