Having a healthy complexion isn't just about what you put on your skin â€” it's about what you eat and drink as well. Vitamins and antioxidants from certain foods, like kale, avocado, and beets, help your body keep your skin hydrated and healthy from the inside out.
"The nutrients in a juice get into the bloodstream more quickly than if you were to eat the fruits or vegetables on their own," explains Frank Lipman, MD, the founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. "Your skin is a mirror of your internal state, so if you're healthy and clean on the inside, your skin cells will be more visibly nourished on the outside."
Get started with these tempting drinks â€” they're packed with nutrients for a brighter, smoother, younger-looking complexion â€” and raise a glass to your skin!
Joanna Vargas's Green Juice
"I love this green juice! The greens instantly hydrate the skin while encouraging lymphatic drainage, so you are de-puffed and glowing!" â€”Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skin Care Collection
1 apple (any variety) 4 celery stalks 1 bunch parsley 2 handfuls spinach 2 carrots 1 beet 1/2 handful kale Lemon and ginger to taste
Combine all ingredients in a juicer (or a powerful blender) and enjoy!
Kimberly Snyder's Rain Forest AcaÃ Smoothie
1/2 avocado (optional, to make smoothie thicker and more filling)
1 packet frozen acai berries
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
Stevia to taste
Using a powerful blender, blend the acai and almond milk at a low speed until you've broken down the acai then switch to a higher speed. Once the drink is smooth, sprinkle in the Stevia. Add half an avocado if you want a denser snack or dessert. Enjoy!
Joy Bauer's Pretty Potion
"This 'pretty potion' is loaded with specific nutrients to promote a gorgeous, radiant complexion. Carrots supply skin-protecting beta-carotene; beets are packed with antioxidants; lemon juice provides wrinkle-fighting vitamin C; and ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory that will reduce puffiness. Get ready for your close-up!" â€”Joy Bauer, creator of JoyBauer.com
1/2 lemon, juiced 2 cups baby carrots (approximately 20) 2 1/2 small beets, boiled, roasted, or canned 1 small Gala apple, cored, peel on 1 strip of ginger (1/4 inch by 2 inches long)
Cut all ingredients small enough so they fit in your juicer. Then turn on the juicer and add ingredients. For extra fiber, mix in some of the discarded pulp.
Nicholas Perricone's Watercress Smoothie
1 cup watercress 4 celery stalks 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 medium-sized organic apple 1 1/2 cups of water
Wash the celery, apple, and watercress thoroughly. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Frank Lipman's Kale, Mint, and Coconut Smoothie
"Kale is packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Plus, it contains a lot of water, which helps keep you hydrated and contributes to beautiful skin and hair. Mint has anti-inflammatory properties, and coconut water is rich in antioxidants, which are nutrients that help remove free radicals caused by outside stressors that may damage your skin." â€” Frank Lipman, MD, Integrative and Functional Medicine physician and the founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center
1 tablespoon chia seeds 1/4 cup fresh mint 1 small box coconut water (11 ounces) 1 cup shredded lacinato kale (also known as dinosaur kale and Tuscan kale) 1 serving nondairy protein powder (I recommend Be Well Sustain) 1 lime, juiced 4 ice cubes
Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Dr. Jessica Wu's Skin-Saving Bloody Mary Mix
2 celery stalks, chopped, plus additional whole stalks for garnish
2 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish
2 28-ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes, no sugar added
1/4 cup onion, chopped
4 lemons, juiced
3â€“4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce or 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and black pepper to taste
SautÃ© the celery and onion in extra-virgin olive oil in a saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the tomatoes and their liquid and simmer over medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until thickened. Let cool until lukewarm. Stir in horseradish, lemon juice, mustard, and Worcestershire or Tabasco sauce.
Pour the mixture into a blender (like a Vitamix) and puree until smooth. Let cool, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
Strain through a sieve into a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve. Mix with vodka for Bloody Marys, if desired. Or pour the mix into popsicle molds for Bloody Mary popsicles to serve at your next outdoor gathering.
Sonia Kashuk's Matcha Green Tea and Almond Milk Latte
"Matcha powder has endless health benefits and is a powerful source of antioxidants; one cup of matcha tea is equal to 10 glasses of regular green tea! Almond milk is rich in vitamin B2, which promotes skin hydration, and B3, which aids in circulation; both result in glowing skin. Almond milk also has anti- aging qualities, with vitamin E to protect skin from free radicals!" â€”Sonia Kashuk, a makeup artist and the founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty
1 cup almond milk 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder 1/4 cup boiling water 1 packet Truvia
Add matcha powder to a cup and pour in boiling water, stirring until the powder dissolves completely. On the stove, heat the almond milk over medium-high heat until it begins to boil, stirring slowly with a whisk. Pour hot almond milk into the water-matcha mix and add Truvia to taste.
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