The perfect beauty potion for this New Year's

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No alcohol for you this New Year’s Eve? No problem! Mocktails are a great alternative when you want to join the party but for various reasons, be it pregnancy, taking medication, or you just need a break and you won’t be drinking alcohol.  They are also great fun to make with kids and they have beauty boosting nutrients too!

Watermelon Beauty Benefits

Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit that’s hydrating and packed with antioxidants including vitamins A and C.  The vitamin A found in watermelon is in the form of beta-carotene which your body converts to vitamin A as required making it a safe way to get your vitamin A. It helps to keep skin firm and healthy from the deeper layers of the skin.

Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant, protecting cells from oxidative damage that could otherwise lead to premature ageing and disease. It also facilitates quick wound healing and the formation of new connective tissue and collagen. 

Watermelon contains another carotene called Lycopene that helps give it its bright red colour. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin from UV damage that can lead to photo ageing and wrinkles. 

During the summer months dehydration can become an issue and the skin is first to display the signs through a dry and dull appearance.  At 90% water and containing beneficial electrolytes, watermelon can help maintain hydration and keep your skin moisturised from the inside out.

Watermelon Mocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

·        8 cups seedless watermelon cubes

·        1 Tbsp raw honey

·        ⅓ cup fresh lime juice

·        1½ cups water or sparkling mineral water

·        Fresh mint leaves

Method:

Cut the watermelon into cubes and put them through a juicer, blender or mash in a bowl.   If you’ve used a blender or the mashing method, you will need to strain into a jug through a sieve, pressing down gently on the pulp to extract all the juice.   You can skip this step and pour straight into the jug if you prefer a thick texture like a smoothie.

Mix the raw honey and lime juice in a separate bowl and then combine with the watermelon in the jug, adding water and stirring well.

Pour into cocktail glasses filled with ice, adding mint as a garnish and you’ll be ready to see in 2017 with healthy drink in hand!

Yours in natural health,

Penny