Good skin is created from within and what you put inside your body is far more important than what you slap on the outside. The most expensive skincare or beauty product in the world can not repair or restore the damage done by poor nutrition and diet. Our skin is the first place it will show, it will look sluggish, lack an overall glow and you may get a dreaded outbreak of spots! All due to excess junk food consumption and sugar laden beverages.
Fruits and vegetables are a great way to detoxify the system and provide those essential vitamins and minerals that your skin is screaming out for. And it’s easy to do with a cold press juicer.
Try these beautifying juice recipes to brighten and hydrate your skin.
Carrots are high in A, a vitamin helpful in maintaining skin cells, as well as beta-carotene and antioxidants that help prevent skin damage. Spinach contains high levels of beta-carotene, which offers free radical protection and converts into vitamin A in the body. Apples are great for smooth skin and are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C. Celery is rich in magnesium, iron, chlorophyll, folic acid, C and also has B vitamins and vitamin E.
Cucumbers are known to be beneficial to the skin when consumed and when used topically. Cucumbers are rich in silica, important for the complexion and skin elasticity.
Try to buy organic cucumbers for juicing, so that you can juice with the peel on. Most of the silica is in the peel.
Cabbage contains beta-carotene, vitamin C and selenium (which slows the aging process and encourages healthy skin).
Bromelain, the enzymes in pineapple, promote good digestion and good skin, it is often also applied topically in skin-clearing masks and exfoliants. Cucumber and apple are skin-purifiers that help boost hydration. They all work together to calm inflammation
Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body and most of the time it is working in overdrive to either transform or eliminate substances from within your blood stream. With literally tens of thousands of man made chemical pollutants damaging our environment is it any wonder that our livers are working harder than ever before! While weighed down with the enormous task of trying to eliminate these chemicals and other nasty contaminants it often turns to the skin by means of helping with the detoxification process.
It should come as no surprise then that while trying to get rid of all these pollutants the skin may become a little sick. The detoxification process can lead to dermatitis, eczema, acne, liver spots and rashes as well as dry skin and premature aging.
1. Beetroots – these are one of the most liver cleansing vegetables and it’s also been said that the juice can help to regenerate damaged liver cells ultimately resulting in a healthier liver and healthier skin.
2. Celery – this is highly cleansing, alkalizing and detoxifying for your body. Especially rich in silica, a mineral needed for lovely healthy skin, hair and nails.
3. Tomatoes – these are classed as a fruit rather than a vegetable and their juice is packed full of the skin protecting antioxidant lycopene. Also thought to be highly beneficial for your heart tomato juice is thought to be especially beneficial before going out into the sun for extended periods as it may help protect your skin from UV damage (although you should always wear sun protection as well!).
4. Kale – this is one powerhouse vegetable that is nutritionally potent and will particularly benefit your skin with it’s enormously high levels of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Kale will boost your skin health because of it’s vitamin C content which helps you produce collagen needed for skin strength.
5. Apple – these are an extremely healthy fruit high in antioxidant flavonoids like quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin. Apples benefit your skins appearance in a number of ways. They are very hydrating therefore brightening your complexion and can also lead to the production of collagen, vital for making skin look younger and healthier.
Any of the fruits or vegetables mentioned above will be an ideal inclusion into your diet and particularly into your juices for improving your skin health and vitality. As a general rule of thumb juice blends will be more beneficial to you as you will then be receiving a larger range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your skin will thank you for.
One of the best parts of juicing is coming up with your own juice recipes, so have fun with it and experiment with new flavours! Do keep in mind though that generally vegetable juices with a hint of sweet are going to be more cleansing and will have a greater impact on your overall skin health.
Juicing won’t be a quick fix. It will take a little bit of time for the healthy skin cells to be generated and renewed from the higher levels of nutrients and enzymes you are now adding to your diet. You may also find that you will get some mild detoxification reactions such as tiredness, headaches, skin blemishes and even bloating or gas while your liver and skin work their very hardest to rid your system of the harmful chemicals and pollutants that we ingest on a daily basis. Rest assured though these will ease soon enough and you will be feeling and looking great in no time.
In the long run good nutrition is one of the best ways to maintain radiant, younger looking, blemish free beautiful skin.
If you are new to juicing we recommend reading our blog on choosing the right juicer for you.