I really love juicing – it’s has changed my life. Having lost 50lbs and then actually keeping it off for the last 4 years, due in no small part to my adoption of juicing, I am part of juicing’s growing legion of fans. I think every home should have a juicer and it should be used often. With weight loss comes a number of other benefits that include better skin. Of course, diet and exercise play a key role in weight loss, that’s a long help fact, but I also attribute my weight loss and improved complexion to the incorporation of juicing into my life.
Now I am a 25 years old and somewhat realistic about things. I’m not perfect and I still can be known to indulge my drunk tooth a little too much, but when I’m in that state of remorse, I make juice – and it helps. Seriously. So when I say that drinking juice is good for skin, I am saying it not only because dermatologists recommend it, but because I know it works. I’ve stared into a mirror feeling nothing short of death and still managed to somehow look OK. And that is the power of juice!
My routine, which I try diligently to adhere to, looks like this:
- In the morning I chug one cup (250ml) of fresh lemon juice.
- Throughout the day I drink a combination of equal parts water and cucumber juice.
- Every day around 3ish, I have a smoothie made up carrot juice, orange juice and frozen blueberries, and oftentimes I throw in some Greek yogurt just for fun.
- Ask any of my friends and family and they will tell you that I love soup, so I juice tons of tomatoes and use it in equal parts with low sodium chicken broth.
And here is why I chose this daily cocktail:
Cucumber Juice ~ because of it’s high water content, it’s extremely hydrating. It’s often used topically for swollen eyes, burns or dermatitis as well. The two compounds in cucumber, ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, prevent water retention and offer hydration from the inside out.
Citrus fruit (lemons, oranges, grapefruit, limes) ~ what can I say that hasn’t been said! Citrus is high in vitamin C, which is needed for clearer skin. But since vitamin C is water soluble, it leaves the body pretty quickly and needs to be regularly present in your body in order to see long term benefits.
Blueberries ~ of course blueberries are full of antioxidants and are widely considered a superfood. They are a great source of phytochemicals, which neutralize free radicals and encourage younger looking skin.
Tomatoes ~ high in lycopene, which has been shown to reduce skin cell damage and redness. But in order for a chemical like lycopene to be efficiently absorbed it needs to be in an environment that contains a healthy fat (olive oil, for example).
I have said it before, and I will say it again – right now, in fact – the power of juice is amazing.