Let’s talk good skin. I mean the kind of skin you see and you have to ask even a total stranger to tell you everything they use, eat, and do to make their skin literally glow from within. I don’t have that kind of skin, but, as I’ve told you before, I’m always in search of it. Today I want to talk about how you can get on your way to enviable skin without buying any new creams, serums, or lotions. We’re talking about a good old “bottoms up” beauty remedy: Green Juice for Good Skin.
I’ve been juicing for about five years now. I really love green juice without any fruit at all, lemons are my one exception. However, you’ll see in my list below that fruits have a ton of skin super powers too! Plus, some people don’t love the flavor of strictly veggie juice. So add some fruit if it helps you drink it down easier.
I have a juicer I bought at Costco a long time ago (Jack LaLanne about $100 possibly 5 years ago). It works great and really takes down whole veggies and lemons, but it’s such a pain in the butt to clean. Anyone who has ever owned one knows what I’m talking about. There are several pieces to take apart. That just makes my fave am elixir more of a chore when done everyday. If you have a nutribullet, I have it on good authority that it’s way easier to clean and use than my juicer. And a VitaMix is basically the Cadillac appliance for juicing.
To make sure I get down all the good stuff without the mess I have found a few fab raw juice bars around town to outsource my daily green juice to on occasion, like: Whole Foods, Nugget Market, and Jamba Juice. (FYI – Jamba does not use organic ingredients.) You can pick up some cold pressed previously bottled juice at various grocery stores as well. In Sacramento, there are several other options to get your green on: Whole Hearted Juice Company, Sun & Soil Juice, Cap City Squeeze, Peel’d, and Liquidology.
So why is green juice so amazing for your skin? I researched info from the experts to provide this list for you, (my sources are at the end of the post). Here’s a list of the top ingredients and what they can do for you!
- Kale – A source lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients absorb and neutralize free radicals created by UV light. One cup gives you 134% and 133% of your daily value for skin-firming vitamin C and A.
- Orange Peel – The magic is in the oil of the peel. It contains limonene, which delivers UV-protective benefits.
- Rosemary – Regularly enjoying herbs like this one iss associated with up to a 60% reduced risk of melanoma. Plus they have a ton of antioxidants.
- Yellow Bell Peppers – There was a test group, and many participants had less wrinkles, especially crows feet, by the end off the study. Researchers aren’t completely sure why, but it may have been because of free-radical fighting antioxidants.
- Kiwi – This odd looking tiny fruit has 120% of your daily vitamin C. Which means less dryness… amongst other benefits.
- Carrots – The carotenoid in carrots give a yellow, healthier looking appearance to the skin.
- Garlic – Its antioxidants kill bacteria and it’s an anti-inflammatory. Meaning it can help with blemishes and rashes.
- Lemon – Citric acid can gradually fade spots and evens your skin tone. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help get rid of acne.
- Parsley – Because it is high in vitamin C, it can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.
- Romaine Lettuce – Crazy high in vitamin A! These lovely leaves increase cell turnover. Romaine also contains potassium with helps with circulation.
- Apples – The peels of some variations contain quercetin. This antioxidant provides UVB protection, but you still need to wear sunscreen.
- Spinach – Packed with omega-3 fatty acids is a major anti-inflammatory.
- Blueberries – Super high in antioxidants and vitamin C can help with premature aging and eliminate toxins to help clear up your skin.
- Cucumbers – These contain silica that helps boost moisture and elasticity in the skin.
If you are super ready to start your green juice for good skin habit, check out this link for a list of juice recipes from skin guru Joanna Vargas. The Super Eight looks dreamy.
These are posts I’ve written in the past all about my love affair with green juice for good skin, plus one from a 5 for Friday mama: Skin Care Regimen, Pinterest Round Up of Green Juice, Detoxing and Dry Brushing, Hillary is a believer