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Tipple time, healthy ingredients to mix with drinks

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Most of us will probably often indulge (or indeed, overindulge) on alcoholic drinks. While there’s no denying that alcohol isn’t skin’s best friend, having a tipple doesn’t have to mean being dry and flaky come the morning - providing your mixers are suitably skin-friendly.

We’ve compiled a list of the best garnishes and additions to your festive cocktails to ensure you’re suitably hydrated.


We’re a big fan of lemons - they have our same viewpoint on alkalinity. Lemons actually become alkaline when eaten or drank, meaning they’re excellent neutralisers. This helps to stimulate the liver and rid the body of toxins, meaning your skin will glow from within.


Coconut water

Packed with potassium, coconut water maintains your electrolyte balance meaning that you reduce puffiness and fluid retention in the morning.


Another puff-reducer, pineapple is full of Vitamin C and an enzyme called Bromelain. They help your digestion, meaning your skin’s free from congestion and can glow all month.


Vitamin A, when consumed regularly, is a great booster to a healthy complexion, and spinach is full of it. So skip just adding it to smoothies - blend it into a cocktail too!



Lycopene can help protect your skin from UV rays and improve skin integrity. Tomatoes are a great source of the antioxidant, and make a delicious Bloody Mary. Win win.


Made from 96% water, cucumbers help your body produce collagen and are fabulous hydration boosters, helping minimise those morning-after dryness lines.



High in antibacterial and antifungal properties, limes are also high in Vitamin C and flavonoids - protecting you from infections and skin problems. Mojito... yes.


Hannah de Gruchy BSc(Hons)

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Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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