Healthy skin is important for a lot of reasons; besides making us more confident in our bodies, it’s a way to keep out infection and quiet surface irritation. It’s easy to forget that the skin is an organ, the barrier between our insides and the environment. Showering too often (as in, every day), washes off oils that actually protect the skin—every other day is a better method. What you eat and drink also affects skin health; some juices will make your skin glow.
1. Lemon juice
Lemons and limes are strong detoxifiers; drinking a glass of their juice in the morning cleans out the body, particularly the liver. Both of these fruits are full of vitamin C, which helps to build collagen in the skin, and supports the immune system. Collagen keeps skin elastic and youthful.
2. Carrot juice
A root vegetable, carrots are packed with health benefits, and juicing them loses none. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, an antioxidant that fights off free radicals in the body, slowing down the ageing process. The beta-carotene in carrots neutralizes damage from the sun (this is also why it helps the eyes); other phytochemicals in carrots even out blemishes and skin tones, reduce acne, and keep the skin well hydrated, for a healthy glow.
3. Pomegrante juice
When you open up a pomegrante, its dark red color and pretty pink seeds hint at what it does in the human body—pomegrante helps renew cells. For this reason, pomegrante juice keeps the skin from wearing out as we age, and it purifies the blood, keeping skin soft and supple.
4. Apple juice
An excellent choice for healthy skin, apple juice contains antioxidants that slow down premature ageing and prevent wrinkles from forming. Grown up apple juice (read: hard apple cider) also contains these helpful plant chemicals.
5. Grape juice
Red grapes contain an impressive amount of antioxidants, some of which cure acne and signs of ageing. Grapes also have a good dose of plant fiber, so a glass of purple grape juice will help relieve constipation. It’s worth pointing out that all of these juices are best without excess added sugars, which causes blood sugar spikes and crashes (not so good for the skin)—when shopping for juices, check the labels. When making them at home, try adding agave or stevia instead of refined sugar.
6. Cherry juice
Tart cherry juice is one of the most powerful detoxifiers you can drink. It’s recommended for fighting off urinary tract infections, and for reducing the gout flare-ups; these same detoxifying benefits also help keep skin looking young and soft. When the liver has to work extra hard at clearing out toxins, this fatigue actually shows up in the skin.
7. Tomato juice
Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which gives them their red coloring; this antioxidant fights off cancer-causing free radicals, and keeps skin youthful to boot. The phytochemical shrinks large pores, reduces sebum secretion in oily skin, prevents acne, evens out skin discoloration, and helps heal sun damage. One glass of tomato juice a day is enough for all these benefits.
8. Orange juice
Like lemons and limes, oranges are packed with the antioxidant vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body eject toxins, which culminates in better skin texture and a clearer complexion. The vitamin C in citrus fruits also quiets a jumpy nervous system.
9. Cucumber juice
Cucumbers are possibly the most watery of the vegetables and fruits on this list; their high water content flushes the body of toxins and keeps the skin well hydrated. A glass of fresh cucumber juice with a mint leaf is a delicious summer drink, which will keep your skin glowing and your complexion flawless.
10. Mosambi juice
A popular juice in India, Mosambi (sweet lime) juice is highly nutritious. It cures dry and rough skin, detoxifies the body, cleanses the blood, and clears up acne, dark spots, and blemishes. These fruits can be a little hard to locate—check in an Indian grocery, or health food store.
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