Many of you will be surprised to know that cranberry juice isn’t just a delightful mixer for the traditional double vodka drink, it is, in fact, actually very good for you. Especially for your young, greasy, and possibly acne filled skin.
I’m not a scientist as many of you will be shocked to hear, but I do have a lot of personal experience with cranberry juice (mostly without alcohol). It’s been my favourite juice drink since primary school so ever since then I’ve been drinking it on a regular basis. On occasion I find myself drinking a litre of the stuff a day which obviously isn’t good for my teeth but it’s better for me than any fizzy drink.
I very rarely wear any makeup, not out of any feminist stance, I genuinely don’t like the feel of it on my face and I find myself more self-conscious with it on than off. My skin isn’t perfect but it’s far from what would be deemed as ’bad skin’. I’ve never had acne, I very rarely get spots and if I do they don’t tend to last long. I dedicate all my skin success to drinking cranberry juice.
Cranberries have recently been classified as a Superfood. These are foods which are known to be full of nutrients and are especially beneficial to human health and all-round wellbeing. Cranberry juice is rich in anti-oxidants. I don’t necessarily know what anti-oxidants do, however, I have been assured by scientist friends that they are a good thing.
Cranberry juice contains flavonoids and salicylic acid, both of these are commonly synthetically created and added to many acne and spot treatment creams and gels. Many of these creams are expensive and for students can be out of their price range – ironically this happens to be the demographic that would need these creams the most – So cranberry juice can work as an all-natural substitute for them. Salicylic acid is also the active ingredient in Aspirin so cranberry juice can also act as a mild pain relief. Cranberry juice also contains calcium, potassium and proteins that aid the rejuvenation of skin cells. So it’s worthwhile continuing to drink the juice even after your skin has cleared up.
The typical cup of cranberry juice contains 45 calories – with different brands varying due to the amount of sugar added. Due to this cranberry juice fits in with typical dietary guidelines of consuming 2,000 calories per day for women, and 2,500 for men. Comparing this to the 138 calories contained within 1 can of coke, it’s obvious to see that cranberry juice is a superior drink on the market.
Cranberry juice can also help fight against:
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Respiratory Diseases
- Colds and Flu
- Kidney stones
So kids, next time you’re on a night out why not opt for cranberry juice as the mixer of choice, it may not help the hangover, but at least your skin will look spectacular while you’re slumped over a stranger’s toilet bowl.