When it comes to skin, you are what you drink. It’s all in the H-2-0. Experts recommend at leas t3 litres day however, bringing yourself to drink that much water in 24 hours is a feat, and we’re always looking for ways to trick ourselves into swigging back more. One solution that has been informing our Pinterest boards of late is fruit-infused water. There are a ton of tasty, gorgeous options. So many in fact, we became curious as to what fruits are richest with skin-fortifying ingredients. We asked New York based nutrition communications consultant Jessica Fishman Levinson of Nutritioulicious, who advised us to look for fruits like citrus, melons, and berries, with a higher water content for hydration and antioxidants that help damaged skin.
Dr. Levinson’s Fruits with High Water Content Cheat Sheet:
Citrus: “Plays a key role in the formation of collagen and is an antioxidant.”
Rasberry: “Contains vitamin C, which plays a key role in the formation of collagen; rich in antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which help reduce inflammation.”
Blueberries: “Rich in antioxidants vitamin C, anthocyanins, flavones, polyphenols.”
Watermelon: “Rich in antioxidant lycopene, which fights aging.”
Pineapple: “Excellent source of vitamin C, but can actually cause skin redness and rashes for some people when eaten in excess.”
Mango: “Excellent source of vitamins A & C, antioxidants that help maintain healthy skin.”
Kiwi: “Excellent source of antioxidants including vitamin C and E; contains zinc, which helps keep hair, skin, teeth, and nails healthy.”
Now that you know the game-changing benefits of these sweet fruits, here are 6 spa water recipes that’ll help you drink your way to glowing skin.
1. Blueberry Lavender Water
1/2 pint Blueberries
Edible flowers (use Lavender Flowers) – to taste
64 ounces Water
Add Fruits and edible flowers to a pitcher of water. Cover, and chill for at least 30 minutes. Strain, then add ice and pour into tall glasses and serve.
2. Mango Berry Water
1 cup mango, frozen
1/2 cup mixed berries, frozen
2 cups water, purified
1 lemon, sliced
Directions: Add all ingredients to a large glass, cover with lid and allow to chill overnight in the refrigerator, drink throughout the day.
3. Strawberry Kiwi Water
1/2 gallon cold water
2 kiwis, sliced
6 strawberries, sliced
Mix all ingredients and leave to chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving. Discard after 24-48 hours or when fruit starts to taste bitter.
4. Blueberry Orange Water
6 cups of water
2 mandarin oranges, cut into wedges
a handful of blueberries
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse. You can also squeeze in the juice of one mandarin orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor a bit. Serve cold.
5. Watermelon Water
1/2 gallon cold water
5-7 mint leaves
3 cups watermelon, chopped
Mix all ingredients and allow to chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving. Discard after 24-48 hours or when fruit starts to taste bitter.
6. Pineapple Mint Water
Directions: Add a sprig of mint to the jar—you can throw in the whole sprig; or, remove the leaves from the sprig if you prefer to have the mint swimming around. Muddle the mint—don’t pulverize them into bits. Add pineapple pieces, press and twist with the muddler to release juices. Add ice to the top and then water. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.