You might not be into caring for your skin through lotions and potions (or what is referred to as a skincare regimen) – not yet that is! Therefore, I suggest achieving a healthy glow in your skin, through your diet. As men, you’re expected to know how much protein and carbohydrate intake is recommended for building muscle and toning down, but the question is what are you drinking with your food? Here, I recommend a few drinks to maintain that healthy outer layer to pair with those guns and pecks:
Green Tea: Did you know that the Journal of Nutrition found that those who drank four cups of green tea per day for 12 weeks, lowered their risk of sunburn by 25 percent, plus their skin density and elasticity?! It’s always funny how many men are concerned with the collagen in their skin, and I guess this shows when watching the men’s skincare products on the shelves. According to the study, the antioxidants in green tea (catechins) absorb UV light and therefore assist in protecting the skin. For an even more added benefit, add lemon juice which has Vitamin C, to help preserve the flavonoids found in the tea herbs as well as boosts the power of the Vitamin C.
Coffee: You may just be looking for that boost of energy from your coffee in the morning, however a Harvard Medical School study found that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop (melanoma) skin cancer than those who don’t. Furthermore, they found that three cups of coffee a day lowered the risk by 20% in women and 9% in men. Researcher Fegju Song, Ph.D., thinks the caffeine in coffee helps reduce potential cancerous UV-damaged cells by stimulating them to naturally die off.
Red Wine: Researchers at the University of Barcelona found that OPC’s (proanthocyanidins), which are the antioxidants found in red grapes, help prevent free radical damage often caused from sun and environmental exposures. This oxidative reaction can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. So the next time you’re looking for a nightcap, remember the recommendation of one a day for women and two for men. CHEERS!
Inspired content from Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.