Have you tried starting your day with a glass of fresh juice or any other healthy detox drink? If not, now is the time!
Besides flushing out toxins from your body, morning drinks help to maintain the health of your skin and make it appear radiant.
Here, we bring to you 6 amazing drinks that you can start your day with to flaunt glowing skin. Let's begin!
What Expert Says
“Morning drinks rich in proteins, vitamins, and other micronutrients boost hair growth and promote healthy skin.”
Priya Chavan (PG, Cosmetics & Perfumery Management), Product Development Executive, SkinKraft
Importance Of Morning Drinks
Drinking water or fresh juice first thing in the morning helps remove toxins from the body and hydrate it. A study on Dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics found that those who drank more water had improved skin hydration than participants who usually drank less water. 
Highlighting the importance of morning drinks, Priya Chavan, Product Development Executive at SkinKraft says, “When we wake up in the morning, the pH of our stomach remains highly acidic. Our metabolism remains slow too. After an overnight fast, our gut and stomach become soft which helps in the easy absorption of nutrients. So, if we begin our day with a healthy drink, the gut can absorb nutrients to their maximum capacity. This is why starting the day by consuming a healthy drink is recommended.”
She further adds, “Morning drinks rich in proteins, vitamins, and other micronutrients boost hair growth and promote healthy skin nutrition.”
6 Morning Drinks For Glowing Skin
Other than starting your day with drinking water, you can add other healthy drinks to your daily morning routine to give your skin a healthy boost. Here are some of them.
1. Lemon Water And Honey
Consuming lemon and honey with lukewarm water can work wonders for your skin. A study on Analysis on the Natural Remedies to Cure Dandruff/Skin Disease-causing Fungus - Malassezia furfur found that lemon juice is highly effective against skin disease-causing fungal growth. Besides, it contains Vitamin C that helps to rejuvenate the skin and promotes the growth of healthy skin cells.
Honey, on the other hand, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that not only remove excess oil from the skin, but also unclog pores that otherwise might lead to acne breakouts. 
How To Make
- Squeeze one small-sized whole lemon in a glass of lukewarm water.
- Add two-three spoons of pure honey to it and mix well.
- Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.
A glass of lemon water and honey not only helps in your digestion but also gives you clear skin, free of acne breakouts and pimples.
2. Fruit Juices
Freshly squeezed fruit juices contain a lot of vitamins and micronutrients that boost your skin health. Apples contain antioxidants that help to prevent premature ageing signs on the skin, pomegranate has anti-ageing properties that help in the renewal of skin cells, oranges contain vitamin C that helps to fight free radical activity in your skin . You can consume a glass of fresh fruit juice of your choice to get the glow on.
How To Consume
- Take an orange or a pomegranate
- Peel off the skin
- Use a juicer to squeeze the fruit
- Strain the juice in a clean glass and drink
3. Green Tea
Green tea helps in boosting metabolism. “In the morning, we have low metabolism so drinks like green tea helps in increasing metabolism,” says Priya.
Besides, green tea contains a flavonoid called catechins, an antioxidant that delays skin ageing.
How To Consume
- Boil water in a steel pot/pan.
- Add a spoon of green tea leaves
- Let it steep for 2-3 minutes or less depending on your choice of flavour.
- Strain the tea and add a teaspoon of honey.
- Let it cool for a few seconds and enjoy your cup of tea.
4. Vegetable Juices
Like fruit juices, vegetable juices too are rich in vitamins and micronutrients and are good for the skin. Beginning your day with a glass of fresh vegetable juice not only gives your skin a natural glow but also prevents acne, dryness, etc.
Here are two quick vegetable juice ideas.
A. Cucumber and Spinach Juice
Cucumber and spinach juice hydrates your skin naturally while the rich fiber content helps remove the toxins. Drink a glass of this power-packed juice every day for glowing skin.
How To Make
- Peel a medium-sized cucumber
- Take 10-12 fresh spinach leaves
- Wash them thoroughly
- Blend the cucumber and the spinach with ¼ cup of water
- Add a spoonful of honey (optional)
- Pour the juice into a glass and enjoy your drink.
Cucumber and spinach both are rich in vitamin A. Regular consumption of this juice helps to combat skin pigmentation issues. It also helps to get rid of dark spots, control acne and slow down the skin ageing process.
B. Carrot and Beetroot Juice
Both carrot and beetroot are root vegetables and powerhouses of nutrients. Drinking a glass of this juice every day not only makes your skin flawless but also helps to ease bowel movement, detoxifies your body, and improves liver function.
How To Make
- Take a medium-sized beetroot and two carrots.
- Wash them thoroughly and peel the skin.
- Blend with ¼ cup of water.
- You may add a slice of ginger for taste.
- Chill it in the refrigerator or add a few ice cubes and drink it first in the morning.
Carrot and beetroot juice helps to fight skin pigmentation issues. This juice also helps to revitalize your skin. Both the vegetables hydrate the skin from within and make your skin soft and supple. If you have acne issues, regular drinking of this juice can help solve your problem.
5. Turmeric Milk
For decades, turmeric milk has been known to provide several health and skin benefits. It has also been used as a traditional and Ayurvedic medicine that acts as an antibiotic and antiviral agent.
How To Make
- Boil the milk and let it cool down a bit.
- Take fresh turmeric root and grate it. Alternatively, you can use organic turmeric powder if you can’t source the fresh root.
- Mix it with the milk well. You can add 1 inch ginger too.
- If you want to remove the cream of the milk, you can strain it.
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey as a sweetener (optional).
- You may also add ½ spoon of pepper powder for taste. It will also help to absorb curcumin from the ground turmeric.
- Drink it warm.
The antibacterial property of turmeric helps to keep the skin free of acne, while the milk hydrates the skin. It is rich in antioxidants that retard the ageing process.
The high content of hormones in dairy products like milk can clog skin pores and cause the skin to become oilier, which makes it more prone to acne. Hence, oily skin people can avoid having milk.
You can use the milk malai or the cream of the milk and turmeric to make a quick skin brightening face pack at home.
6. Coconut Water
Coconut water has been a traditional drink among Indians for a long time. Starting your day with a glass full of fresh coconut water helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It helps in collagen production, maintains skin elasticity, and hydrates the skin naturally.
How To Make
You can drink coconut water directly. Coconut water has a natural sweetness so no need to add any additional sweetener.
Coconut water is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is rich in vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C. Regular drinking of coconut water prevents skin dryness, improves skin elasticity, and makes your skin glow.
Did You Know?
Coconut water has plenty of natural nutrients and enzymes and is low in calories, making it a perfect drink for weight loss. It is also recommended to curb dehydration and constipation issues.
From using various skin care products to trying out different DIY methods, we all strive to achieve healthy and glowing skin. What we often ignore is cleansing our system from within. Sipping healthy drinks during the morning not only flushes out the harmful toxins from your body, giving you clear skin but also improves your overall health. Start your day with these simple yet essential drinks and flaunt healthy and beautiful skin.
1. Dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics (August 2015)
2. Analysis on the Natural Remedies to Cure Dandruff/Skin Disease-causing Fungus - Malassezia furfur (January 2013)
3. Honey: A Therapeutic Agent for Disorders of the Skin (August 2016)
4. Health Promoting Chemical Components of Orange Juice (2013)
5. Green tea and skin (August 2020)
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