While summer and cocktails go together like a bathing suit and SPF, the truth is, the more you’re tossing them back, the more damage you’re doing to your skin. For starters, consider that alcohol is a toxin void of nutritional value. It’s also a diuretic, so it leaves your skin dehydrated, dull, and flaky, all of which make fine lines and wrinkles more prevalent due to the lack of water in your skin. Other undesirable side effects include: puffiness and redness due to its inflammatory effect; breakouts because of sugar consumption; elevated insulin that can have an adverse effect on sex hormones and thyroid; and microbiome disruption which can have a negative impact on your immune system and skin conditions such as eczema.
While there’s nothing wrong with drinking in moderation, swap out some of those margaritas (rated one of the worst drinks for your skin, by the way) for one of these hydrating, yet delicious mocktails so you can have skin that’s as glowing as the summer sun.
VIRGIN WATERMELON MARGARITA
1 medium seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
4 tsp agave
1/3 cup sparking water
Puree enough watermelon chunks until you have 4 cups of puree. Add lime juice and agave and mix again. Divide the mixture amongst 4 glasses. Top with sparkling water.
6 cups water
½ cup light-colored honey
⅓ cup dried lavender
1 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
Bring water and honey to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Gently crush the lavender and add it to the pot before removing it from the heat. Cover, refrigerate, and steep for 2 hours. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve. Stir in the lemon juice and serve over ice.
COCONUT, CUCUMBER, LIME, AND MINT COOLER
4 cups of coconut water
2 cucumbers sliced very thinly
1/2 cup of lime juice
1/4 cup of chopped mint leaves
Combine coconut water, cucumbers, lime juice, and mint leaves. Let chill for 1 to 2 hours. Serve over ice.
AÇAI BLUEBERRY MOJITO
10 fresh mint leaves
10 fresh blueberries
5 ounces açai juice
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Splash of club soda
Muddle the mint and blueberries together in a cocktail shaker. Add the lime juice and açai juice and shake with ice. Pour over ice and top with a splash of club soda and fresh mint sprig garnish.