THE 3 P.M. SODA AD­DIC­TION

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Fun, Fearless Beauty -

JAN­UARY 2016

Your guilty plea­sure isn’t just full of wrin­kle-in­duc­ing sugar (yes, sweet stuff con­trib­utes to ag­ing), it’s also highly acidic, says Dr. Graf. Healthy skin cells are formed when our in­ter­nal sys­tems are bal­anced at an al­ka­line (read: nonacidic) ph. When the en­vi­ron­ment is too acidic, cells pro­duce less healthy off­spring, caus­ing ev­ery­thing from flakes to pig­men­ta­tion prob­lems to deep wrin­kles.

Switch to a clear bev (dark soda con­tains more acid­pro­duc­ing phos­pho­rus), says Dr. Graf. Or spike the dark stuff with al­ka­line-pro­duc­ing lemon. Mois­ture-at­tract­ing humec­tants, like glyc­erin or hyaluronic acid (in Kiehl’s and Mu­rad’s, re­spec­tively), help strengthen weak skin cells.

WHAT’S The b ig d e Al?

The f ix

If you can see through your

soda, it’s bet­ter for your skin.

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