We know that good nutrition equals good skin, but did you know that good nutrition also means what you drink as well as what you eat? Drinking enough water is the first step to good skin. Eight or more glasses a day contribute to plumper, more elastic skin. Plus, ample water intake helps detox your system, leading to fewer blemishes. Beyond water, here are my picks for good-for-you drinks. Sorry, but champagne’s not on the list.

  1. Green Tea – With green tea showing up in skincare, this light beverage is chock-full of antioxidants which help protect skin from UV radiation by decreasing the chance of sunburn. And they help decrease redness and inflammation. Try it iced or hot.
  2. Pomegranate Juice – This deep red delight not only tastes delicious, but it contains loads of antioxidants (even more than green tea) and helps stimulate collagen-building fibroblasts in the skin, helping to keep it tight, wrinkle-less and youthful.
  3. Soy Milk – This creamy wonder lightens your coffee and your hyperpigmentation by reducing discoloration. And the isoflavones protect collagen and guard against wrinkles caused by UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to grab organic soy milk.
  4. Kale smoothies – Kale is a wonder food of sorts, with Vitamins A and C and copper to help maintain optimal skin cell turnover as well as keep collagen levels high.
  5. Lemon water – Water infused with lemon not only gives you the benefit of hydration, but it also gives your skin antioxidant and detox power in the form of Vitamin C. Add several slices to a pitcher of water and sip throughout the day.

As you drink these skin-loving beverages regularly, you’ll notice tighter, brighter and healthier skin, with no trips to the dermatologist required, so for the sake of your skin, drink up!