Super juices are all the rage. From London to L.A., the power of fruit is being hailed as the new miracle cure for better skin and of course, promoting that healthy lifestyle too. So should we all go Californian and invest in blenders right away?
What are the benefits of super juices for my skin?
“A diet rich in anti-oxidants can be especially helpful for acne-prone skin, and juices are a great way of getting these into your diet” confirms Nutritionist and expert Dr. Michelle Braude, founder of The Food Effect. “Regularly supplementing your diet with foods rich in antioxidants, particularly in the form of juices, can help prevent breakouts giving you healthy, acne-free skin. Juices or smoothies allow a big dose of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients to be delivered directly into the digestive system. They’re raw too, which means that the nutrient content of the fruit and vegetables hasn’t been compromised by cooking.”
But, what are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are molecules that eliminate harmful free-radicals present in the body. Free-radicals damage healthy cells, causing damage to our skin and the immune system. Fighting free radicals thus helps combat inflammation and breakouts.
Which juices and antioxidants help with acne treatment?
“The three main antioxidants contained in food that are crucial for healthy, glowing skin and helping to fight acne are vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E” says Dr Michelle Braude.
Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that promotes healing, growth and tissue repair within the body. It’s also essential in the production of collagen, a protein that creates new skin and maintains its structure, thus encouraging skin regeneration. Try juicing oranges, grapefruit, kiwis, blueberries, pomegranate, mango, papaya, and red and yellow peppers.
Vitamin A is perfect to boost the immune system, preventing breakouts and inflammation associated with acne. It’s found in sweet potatoes, carrots, dried apricots, mango, spinach and kale. As for vitamin E, it keeps the skin young, smooth and free of cellular damage. Avocados, almonds, peanuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, salmon and olive oil are all great sources of vitamin E. Delicious, nutritious and good for the skin, it looks like the blenders and juicers are in!