Juice your way to satiny skin and silky strands
There’s no better time to go au natural.
Enough of those pricey skin creams and hair serums! Grandma was right all along. Forget about slathering on expensive potions on your body, there’s no better way of prettying up than with Nature’s bounty, aka, fresh fruits and veggies. They’re loaded with skin and strand loving vitamins and minerals that detox your system, supply you with all the nutrients you need and give you the skin and hair of your dreams. In fact, juicing is one health craze that just won’t die, and for good reason. While we’re the last ones to tell you to go on all-juice fasts, you definitely should be having more than your daily five to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. In fact, the latest research suggests that juicing has more beauty benefits than previously thought. So whether you’re plagued by breakouts, early signs of aging, graying tresses or hair fall, here are some fabulous juice combos to get your skin and strands back in shape ASAP. Another advantage—if you need any more reasons—is that juicing has no side effects, and works wonders even for the most sensitive skins.
Breakouts ruining your looks?.
Dark, leafy greens like spinach, methi, rocket leaves and fresh coriander should be an essential part of every diet but are particularly useful to fight acne, because they’re choc-a-bloc with carotenoids and beta-carotene. This antioxidant is converted into Vitamin A by the body. And if you’ve ever used prescription strength acne fighters, you’ll know that Vitamin A is the active ingredient in acne treatments like Acutret and Isotretinoin. Blend spinach leaves with the juice of one lemon for best results because the ascorbic acid in lemon juice acts as a natural astringent and helps to clear up breakouts and scarring. Alternatively juice together kiwi, carrot, broccoli, lemon juice, coriander and coconut water for the same health benefits.
Losing your glow to dull skin?.
Dull skin is usually a sign of a sluggish digestion, and can be caused by over indulging in rich, fatty foods and dairy products. To reverse this, you need to add more fiber to your diet. Glug down a glass of bursting-with-health green smoothie daily. Blend together Vitamin A and E rich veggies and fruits like spinach, celery, pineapple, banana, apple and a tablespoon of flax seeds. Pineapples are also rich in vitamin C that helps in collagen formation while flaxseeds provide vital Omega-2 Fatty Acids that prevent inflammation and heal dull, damaged skin.
Fine lines robbing your youthful glow?.
This could be a sign that your body—and skin—is dehydrated. You need to juice up on fruits and veggies with high water content like celery, cucumber and Aloe Vera. Apart from its hydrating properties, Aloe has incredible healing, repairing and hydratin nutrients. For centuries, Aloe gel has been used to treat sun burn, heal wounds, moisturize skin and boost collagen production. Antioxidant rich berries such as strawberries, mulberries and gooseberries also boost collagen production and reverse aging. Aim to drink a glass of cucumber, celery, Aloe Vera and berry juice daily.
Yearn for silk, glossy tresses?.
You need the nourishing goodness of cucumber, spinach, apple, almonds and wheatgrass. As you know spinach is bursting with minerals, vitamins and iron, all essentials for great hair. The Vitamin B and Beta Carotene in spinach is especially useful to stop hair fall and reduce itchiness. Meanwhile cucumber, a rich source of pantothenic acid, aids hair growth and improves hair quality. Almonds are a rich source of biotin and protein that help hair grow faster and the chlorophyll in wheatgrass nourishes hair follicles and enhances blood circulation. Drink up for a month to see a visible change in hair quality.
Hair loss ruining your beauty sleep?.
Blend together apples, carrots, mint leaves, a dash of cinnamon, Aloe Vera and almonds, ingredients that stimulate hair growth. Apples contain Procyanidin B-2, a compound that stimulates proteins in the body to make new hair grow while the beta carotene in carrots convert to vitamin A and create the oils the scalp needs to stay healthy. Cinnamon has powerful antioxidants that prevent hair damage and mint stimulates circulation on the scalp to stimulate hair follicles, thus promoting hair growth. The enzymes in Aloe Vera nourish and moisturize the scalp while the Vitamin E in almonds strengthens the immune system, minimizing hair loss.
Your nails break all the time? .
Weak, soft or ridged nails are an indication that you suffer from mineral deficiencies. Juice up a glass of silica-rich juice made from dark green veggies, green bell peppers, carrots and cucumbers. Be sure to also include gluten-free whole grains like millet, ragi and jowar in your daily diet for healthy, strong nails.