How to Juice Your Way to Better Skin

Rachel Krause
Photo: ImaxTree

Photo: ImaxTree

Juicing is the healthy craze that just won’t die, and for good reason: While an all-juice diet may not be something we necessarily recommend, adding fruit and vegetable juices to your daily routine is a great way to fit more vitamins and nutrients into your diet than ever before. The other upside, of course, is the physical benefits. Juicing is perfect for getting all the ingredients you need to target your most troublesome skin concerns all in one place. Whether you’re breaking out or suffering from signs of premature aging, here’s what you need to drink to get your skin back in shape.

For Breakouts
Dark, leafy greens are essential for any healthy diet, but they’re particularly useful for fighting acne, because they’re full of carotenoids and beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. In fact, high concentrations of vitamin A are the active ingredient in acne treatments like Accutane and Retin-A. The ascorbic acid in lemon juice, a natural astringent, is also highly effective in clearing breakouts and scarring. Look for juices that contain spinach, kale, kiwi, carrot, broccoli, lemon, and parsley.

For Dullness
As with acne-prone skin, the vitamins A and E in carrots, lemons, and dark leafy greens are ideal for adding a glow to skin that’s looking less than radiant. Anti-inflammatory, nutrition-packed beets are also instrumental in ridding the body of environmental toxins that could be keeping your skin from reaching its full potential. Dark berries are full of polyphenol antioxidants to fight free radicals while stimulating blood flow. Look for juices that contain dark leafy greens, green apple, blackberries, beets, and lemon.

For Dryness and Aging
Fruits and vegetables high in water content, like celery and cucumber, are ideal for hydration from the inside out. Aloe vera is also an incredible source of healing, repairing and hydrating nutrients—just as the gel soothes surface wounds and burned skin, aloe water absorbs toxins, moisturizes and stimulates the growth of new cells for better collagen production and more supple skin. Antioxidants found in berries are also key for rejuvenating the skin and reducing signs of aging. Look for juices that contain cucumber, berries, beets, and alfalfa sprouts, a great low-calorie source of antioxidants.

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