Juicing for your skin
While a good skincare regime on top of your skin is always important, what you put into your body is just as likely to be reflected in your complexion.
Which is why juicing is such a good thing. It’s drinking pure nutrition, delivering nutrients from fruit and vegetables directly into your bloodstream.
If you’re new to juicing, you may experience skin breakouts as your body starts to detox. But keep going. This will pass.
Juicing gives the skin hydration, nourishing the complexion and making it smooth. When it comes to effective skincare from the inside, it’s particularly effective for those struggling with acne or other skin conditions.
But what are the best detoxifiers, when you’re on the quest for a glowing complexion? Let us tell you…
Avocados are high in healthy fats which benefit many functions in the body, including the health of the skin.
An avocado provides around 20% of our recommended daily intake of Vitamin E and more than a third of our RDI of Vitamin C.
Both are antioxidants which protects the skin from sun and environmental damage which can lead to signs of ageing. Vitamin C also helps in the production of collagen which gives the skin greater elasticity.
This purple prince of veggies cleanses the blood – which is what you should do to cure skin conditions. Beetroot is an anti-inflammatory, rich in iron, potassium, niacin, copper and Vitamin C, in addition to manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, folic acid. Great for skincare.
Strawberries, cranberries and the like are powerful antioxidants to fight off free radicals causing cancer. But apart from these health-boosting properties, they are packed with Vitamin C, which helps in collagen production. Berries are the perfect choice of drink during winter as part of a skincare regime, to keep the complexion supple and smooth despite harsh conditions.
Carrots are bursting with Vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene – a powerful antioxidant which stops cells degenerating and slows ageing. Vitamin C helps the body produce collagen, preventing wrinkles and giving the skin elasticity. Potassium promotes the growth of new skin cells, and makes sure the body maintains the proper electrolyte balance, reducing acne, blemishes, scars or dark spots on the skin.
An immune system booster, Ginger is a power ingredient which is also perfect for treating acne, because it’s supercharged to reduce inflammation, and contains nutrients like magnesium, potassium, manganese, and Vitamin B6, along with anti-ageing antioxidants.
Kale is an excellent source of the finest nutrients for skincare, including Vitamins A, C, K, E, B1, B2, B3, calcium, beta-carotene, phosphorous, iron, copper, magnesium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and the carotenoid lutein. It’s also an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory food. It contains Vitamin A which promotes the repair and maintenance of the skin, and Omega-3 fatty acids add to its anti-inflammatory properties.
This powerful citrus fruit is effective as a food and medicine. Containing Vitamin C, citric acid, and B Vitamins, its benefits include clearing the skin, purifying the blood, cleansing the kidneys, and helping eliminate toxins.
Another Vitamin C-packed fruit, containing antioxidants to fight free radicals which cause wrinkles, and slow down the ageing process. Oranges help with collagen production, and can prevent skin sagging, improving firmness.
A popular herb rich in Vitamins A and C, parsley clears blemishes and maintains an even skintone, while cleansing the urinary tract, liver, and kidneys. With high levels of Vitamin K, this leafy green improves skin elasticity and speeds up the wound-healing process.
Watercress purifies the blood, and so heals skin conditions, as well as being considered a tonic for the liver. One bowl of watercress salad contains almost half the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. It also gives a good dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, beta carotene, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, folate, iodine, calcium and more. Watercress is also full of wrinkle-busting antioxidants.