We’ve all heard of juicing for weight loss, but can drinking freshly pressed juices also help us achieve a naturally glowing complexion—and fight skin aging—faster than most skin care products? Most nutritionists and lifestyle coaches think so. No wonder everyone from beauty bloggers to Hollywood celebrities are jumping in on this trend. But how does juicing work—and what juice ingredients do you need to improve your skin? Read on.
Juicing vs. Eating Your Fruits and Vegetables
We all know that a well-balanced diet—one that’s rife with fruits and vegetables—begets a healthy body and hence, healthy, glowing skin. Fruits and vegetables nourish our body with essential nutrients while helping it eliminate toxin. But according to holistic nutritionist and author Sally Pansing Kravich, consuming fruits and vegetables in juice form boasts a more immediate skin-enhancing effect. “When I added juicing, about 16 to 24 oz. per day of veggie juice, to my clients’ daily post-surgery regimen, they healed 10 times faster, and their skin has more elasticity to it,” she said.
The reason for this lies in the fact that it has no pulp, sending all those essential vitamins and minerals directly to our bloodstreams without making our digestive system work. “The good thing about juicing is that there is no ‘breakdown time’ for digestion. The body immediately receives and absorbs the nutrients,” Kravich explains.
“Juicing is also beneficial when you consider how many fruits and vegetables you would have to eat or blend in order to achieve the concentration of vitamins that are in one serving of juice,” adds Caroline Shannon-Karasik, holistic health coach and founder of the healthy lifestyle site Sincerely Caroline. “An average 32 oz. of juice has 2 cucumbers, 2 broccoli stems, 4 stalks of celery, 1 romaine lettuce heart, 6 kale stalks, an apple, a pear and more—imagine trying to eat or squeeze that into smoothie. Start drinking now because that will take all day!”
The Best Juice Ingredients for Your Skin
Ready to start juicing your way to a more gorgeous complexion? Here are some of the ingredients our experts recommend.
• Apple (along with celery) – Helps stimulate the gallbladder, breaking down fats and flushing out toxins from the body
• Carrots - Packed with beta-carotene, a key player in skin's overall health. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body, therefore contributing to the growth and repair of vital skin tissues. It can also help protect skin from sun damage.
• Kiwi - Rich in vitamins C and E, the kiwi fruit is known for its ability to add oomph to dull skin and lifeless hair
• Pineapple - Packed with vitamin C, which fights oxidative damage that cause premature aging
• Beets – Fortifies the blood and boosts our bodies' iron reserve. Beets are also packed with beta-carotene (and other vitamins and minerals, including folic acid (necessary for the healthy production of red blood cells) and manganese (essential for building bones).