We’ve all heard the old adage “you are what you eat.” Several studies have proved this to be true. Sugar, for example, breaks down collagen and the elastic fibers in our skin, while certain herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables slow down the outward aging process (1).
One trick to prevent wrinkles and boost your skin’s appearance is to incorporate collagen-rich smoothies and juices into your diet. Aim to have one healthy drink a day, and you will notice an improvement in your skin.
After drinking my Wrinkle-Free Smoothie Recipe every day for one month, I noticed less nasolabial fold lines and redness around the nose. Definitely try out the recipe.
The purpose behind the Summer Glow Juice Recipe is to give your skin a Vitamin C and Vitamin K boost. This will brighten your complexion and provide antioxidants that protect you from UV-induced photodamage (aka sunburn).
Carrot are absolutely wonderful for your skin. They’re chalk full of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects collagen in your skin. Carrots are also high in B-Carotene (Vitamin A) that has been shown to protect your skin again sunburn.
Vanessa Palermo and her team studied the anti-aging properties of apple on yeast cells. In their research, apples protected the yeast cells and expanded their life. While more studies need to be done to show this effect on humans, we can draw some preliminary conclusions that apples protect certain cells. For now, we’ll toss them in the juicer.
Apple juice also pairs very well with carrot juice. Test this for yourself by comparing plain carrot juice to carrot + apple juice. You’ll find that the sweetness in apples balances perfectly with carrots.
Since celery has a high water content, it is also an inexpensive way to make more juice. Good for you and your wallet!
Kale is the mother of all greens, and I recommend it in every juice, smoothie, and salad. A little kale can go a long way to help your skin’s appearance. Just look at some of the benefits this beautiful, leafy green provides:
Vitamin A: 133% Daily Value
Vitamin C: 134% Daily Value
Calcium: 10% Daily Value
Vitamin B6: 10% Daily Value
Magnesium: 7% Daily Value (source)