We all know the saying 'You are what you eat' but how often do we really think about it? What we put into our bodies are the building blocks for our health system, from muscle function to cell development and skin health.
By consuming superfood juices regularly we can support our skin health and achieve a natural glow. So, before you reach for that expensive pot of face cream, take a look at what your diet can do for your skin.
Help repair collagen
Collagen is one of the most common forms of protein in the body and gives our skin its structure and healthy appearance.
When we have lots of collagen our skin is soft, smooth, and firm. This is because collagen helps the skin cells renew and repair themselves, keeping our skin looking youthful and healthy. However, as we age our body produces less collagen and this results in the common signs of ageing - wrinkles, sagging and less elastic skin.
Luckily there are things we can do to encourage the production of collagen, the main one being diet. A diet full of protein-rich foods can help supply amino acids which are the building blocks for collagen production.
Other nutrients that aid the production of collagen, including:
- Vitamin C
- And copper.
So, fruits and vegetables high in vitamins and minerals are great for maintaining healthy skin.
Many of our superfood juices contain these vitamins, especially our organic kale juice, which contains 200% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C, making it a great addition to your skincare regime.
Repair skin damage
There are many ways to damage your skin, including sun rays, smoking, free radicals and general wear and tear. Leafy green vegetables such as wheatgrass are rich in alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). This has a high concentration of antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause ageing
ALA is one of the most powerful anti-ageing agents available. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, decreasing under-eye circles, puffiness, redness and blotches, all while minimising the appearance of wrinkles.
Another way to fight skin damage is Vitamin E. This vitamin plays an important role in the skins anti-oxidant defences and can protect against UV rays, pollution and free radicals that damage skin cells. It may also help to slow the production of melanin, which can cause dark spots.
Eating more vitamin E-rich foods like avocado, greens, walnuts and sunflower seeds, will help keep the skin supple, and prevent premature ageing.
Our superfood juices are packed with Vitamin E, specifically our organic wheatgrass juice, which contains 145% of the RDA, and our blended green juice which has 118%. Both are fantastic ways to drink your way to healthy skin.
When skin becomes inflamed it can get blotchy, puffy and spots can appear. If inflammation becomes severe conditions such as acne, dermatitis and psoriasis can occur.
Most skin inflammation occurs when your immune system responds to a trigger, causing it to provoke a reaction, which can be anything from itching to spots or rashes. Skin is an important part of our immune system, the first line of defence against bacteria, pollutants and infection.
Vitamin A helps strengthen this barrier, by promoting cell production, protecting your skin from harmful irritants that attempt to attack the surface. It also helps to prevent clogged pores, reducing acne-causing blockages and other ailments.
346% of the RDA for Vitamin A can be found in our wheatgrass juice and our blended green juice, which is a delicious mixture of wheatgrass juice, nettle juice, barley grass juice and matcha tea.
Strengthen the skin barrier
Whilst our skin is generally a great barrier, sometimes it can get worn down. Stress, pollution, and UV rays can all take their toll.
The great news is that we can help our skin fight back. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help boost collagen production. Collagen is essential for the skin to maintain its firmness and natural healing process. It also shields the skin from damaging free radicals building a barrier against UV rays.
The body cannot store vitamin C, so we need a regular intake. Our delicious Elixir Vitality juice contains 72% of the RDA, making it a delicious way to protect your skin.
All our superfood juices can contribute to healthy skin on their own, but can be even more effective when combined. They are perfectly balanced nutritionally to complement each other, so you can mix and match to suits your own individual needs and health goals.