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With the exception of my time as a child under 10, I have never had good skin. Whether it was acne as a teenager, then dealing with the results of strong acne medication to pigmentation and dryness and clogged pores. I have had it all! And the wrinkles are starting, to add to the list of my woes!
So I have always taken quite a personal interest in using nutrition to help with skin health, as the skin is a reflection of the overall health on the inside. Here I have designed the ultimate nutritional recipe for lovely glowing skin:
Carrot juice – 200ml
I love to add plenty of carrots to my juices. Not only are the reasonably inexpensive, but they also have some great health benefits AND beauty benefits. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing 210% of the average adult's needs for the day. Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis – where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Vitamin A actually increases the deposition of collagen; therefore it slows the normal aging breakdown of your collagen and elastin
Half an avocado and 3 dates
Avocado and dates are a good source of zinc. Whilst the exact nature of how zinc works in the body is unknown as it is found within cells and not usually in the blood stream, zinc most likely promotes healthy skin by carrying vitamin A to your skin and by regulating your body’s hormonal balance.
Cucumber juice – 200ml
Cucumber is rich in silica which is a trace mineral that strengthens the body's connective tissues - muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage, and bone - and is vital for healthy skin.
Handful brazil nuts
Brazil nuts have high levels of Selenium which is an antioxidant mineral responsible for tissue elasticity. It also may play an important role in preventing skin cancer, as it can protect the skin from damage from excessive ultraviolet light.
Mix all ingredients and blend til smooth!