Juicing fruits and vegetables had become a staple in my skin care routine. If you don’t own a juicer, I strongly urge you to consider getting one.
The number one food I juice is carrots, by far. I never juice without carrots, and there are a few reasons for that:
Juicing can be pretty pricey, but carrots are cheap. You can get a huge 5 pound bag of organic carrots for only a few dollars at most local grocery stores.
Vitamin A=Good Skin
As you know I’m a huge fan of vitamin A and believe that a deficiency in it is one of the leading causes of acne. Carrots are chock full of vitamin A and therefore make a perfect ingredient to your juice.
Juicing carrots, however, is not enough to fulfill your vitamin A requirements. Carrots contain beta-carotene a for of vitamin A, but not actual retinoids which is the superior form in my opinion. Nonetheless beta-caratne is stil great for the skin.Carotenoids are:
“…an antioxidant responsible for the red colouring found in, for instance, tomatoes, peppers, plums and carrots. That redness eventually imbues the human skin with yellowness, or rather a healthy-looking golden glow.” (The Guardian)
Remember Cod liver oil is an essential ingredient to acne, but juicing carrots does help a great deal.
Vitamin C Content
Carrots don’t have the highest vitamin C content of fruits and vegetables, but when you’re juicing a bunch of them, it’s a good amount.
Why is Vitamin C important for skin?
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagensynthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topicalascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage. However, the effects of vitamin C in the skin are not well understood due to limited research. This article discusses the potential roles of vitamin C in the skin and summarizes the current knowledge about vitamin C in skin health. (Oregon State)
If you’re not familiar with biotin (vitamin B7), it is well reputed for its importance in maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails.
… biotin is necessary to build healthy fats in the skin. These fats keep the skin supple and moist, and when they are gone, the skin becomes flaky and irritated. (WH Foods)
Carrots are a great ingredient for any juice. They not only mix well with other fruits and vegetables, but they’re also easy for any juicer to grind up.
Juicing Your Carrots
I don’t get too caught up in recipes and serving sizes. My juices are mostly composed of what I have in my fridge. I do however, have “templates” for my juices. Here’s an example:
As you can see I have:
- A ton of carrots,
- 1 small serving of fruit for taste (1/2 an orange)
- 1/2 lemon
Lemons are great for juicing, but that’s for another article.
How Does it Taste?
I’m not really too concerned about the taste of my juices. My number one priority is getting the nutrients into my body, and if that means the juice will tastebad that’s fine by me. My juices rarely taste bad though, this one wasn’t too bad.
What Kind of Juicer Do You Use?
I use the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus for juicing and haven’t looked back. I chose this one because it’s affordable and does everything it needs to. This model is about $150, which is on the lower end for juicers. However, buying a juicer is still an investment. Do some research before you plunk your money down.
As you can see though, juicing fruits is vegetables is great for skin. Even more importantly it’s great for overall health.
Let me know how your juicing goes!