My usual morning ritual is to start my day off with a warm cup of my go to detox drink. It’s a good way to not only detox your body, but an excellent detox for your skin as well. For my morning detox drink, I boil water with ginger. I squeeze half a lemon into the cup, add a little nigella seed (black seed) oil, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and some honey. Lastly, I add the boiling ginger water to the cup filled with all the other ingredients.
As we all know drinking water helps to hydrate and nourish the skin giving it a natural glow. Water was, is and will be the best solution to cleanse your body internally. The human body is comprised of 60% water and adequate amount of fluids must be taken for proper functioning of all your body parts. Water helps the body get rid of harmful wastes and toxins leading to healthy, hydrated, glowing skin. The recommended daily water intake is 13.5 cups of water. There are so many other foods which are also good for your skin and packed with nutrients and natural antioxidants that are beneficial for the skin.
Lemons have lots of benefits in skincare including treatment of acne and acne spots, hyperpigmentation, regeneration of new skin cells, and is a rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to clear the skin from blemishes and wrinkles and also purges harmful toxins from the body. The vitamin C content in lemons is also good for the liver as it stimulates the detox functioning of the liver to rid the body of toxins which may be causing breakouts and acne.
Ginger is also good for your digestive system and helps in proper blood circulation. Proper bold circulation is essential for skin care as it aids in cellular regeneration, prevention of wrinkles, and clearing out acne causing bacteria from the pores. Ginger is packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The anti-bacterial and detoxifying properties of ginger and lemon helps in preventing pimples and acne.
Apple cider vinegar also detoxes your gut for healthier looking skin. The detox properties in apple cider vinegar promote a healthy gut that enables you to have a fairer healthier complexion. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial agent that helps to fight bacteria which cause acne. Consuming local honey also helps with allergic dermatitis seen commonly in those suffering from allergies. Nigella seed (black seed) oil contains thymoquinone, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that has benefits for the skin. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects of nigella seed (black seed) oil can improve acne. Black seed oil may be beneficial for people with other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Thus, another benefit of black seed oil is that it has moisturizing properties.
Drinking a glass of warm lemon water first thing in the morning helps to flush out the digestive system while simultaneously hydrating the body. The other added ingredients each provide their own benefits. When they say, “you are what you eat”, they literally mean it. So, let’s start eating our way to healthier, beautiful, glowing skin.