My mom would always tell me, “Drink your milk. It’ll make you pretty.” I don’t know if the milk worked or not, but I drank it anyway. Nowadays I don’t drink milk every night at dinner as I used to. (Wine every night for dinner? Yes. Milk? Not so much.) So instead I have tried my best to eat and drink lots of other things to make me pretty. My Pretty Skin Juice is one of them.
Stressors, both internally and externally, affect our skin in a big way. What you eat and drink, medications that you take, pollution, UV rays, harsh climate changes, all have consequences when it comes to our skin. Only 20% of aging is due to genetic factors. That means that 80% is under our control. (Being a person who likes being in control – yes, I own that flaw proudly – I love this percentage!) Making sure we were sun protection every day, having a regular skin care routine, using safer and highly effective products from companies like Beautycounter, and consuming skin-friendly foods like those in my Pretty Skin Juice can make a huge difference.
My girlfriends and I just had this discussion. What’s the difference between juicing and just throwing everything into a blender?
Juicing: If you aren’t a fan of pulp or thick drinks, this is the way to go. Juicing removes all of that and because it is less dense, it makes it easier for your body to absorb all of the nutrients. You get an instant infusion of vitamins and minerals from whole, raw vegetables. If there’s a negative it would be that juicing does require a lot of produce to make enough juice to drink. Juicing also makes it easier for you to consume a large number of fruits and veggies. Let’s be real, none of us are getting the recommended amount that we all need. Juicing makes it easier to do that.
Blending: This is definitely the easier of the two choices when it comes to clean up. When throwing everything into the blender, your smoothies will be fiber-filled for sure. This is great for making you fuller for longer. Because you are using the whole fruit and vegetables you will make more and be able to put less into your smoothie (unless you’re planning on passing them out to all the neighbors.)
Pretty Skin Juice
Much like my Detox Green Juice, this is very easy to make. You will need the following:
- 8-10 whole carrots (soak in water for 30 minutes prior to juicing)
- 2 handfuls of organic spinach
- 2 golden apples
- 1 pound fresh/frozen cranberries (if frozen, thaw before juicing)
Place all in your juicer. Can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Spinach: Green leafy vegetables are great for your skin. Contains vitamins C, E, and A that have antioxidants that are great for your skin. Antioxidants help fight free radicals and all kinds of skin issues like acne, sun protection, anti-aging, skin repair and complexion improvement.
Apples: Contains toning abilities. Also rich in pectin which helps prevent acne.
Cranberries: Cranberries have more antioxidants than any other fruit. They also contain a lot of vitamin C which is important in preventing and reversing the signs of aging. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen which helps replace dead skin cells and gives our skin strength and elasticity.
Because cleaning my juicer can be a pain, I often make big batches of juice while I have it out. My two favorites (Detox and Pretty Skin) are so yummy and good for you, they don’t last very long!