Many people are hopping on the raw food diet trend to lose weight, but it can also can improve your skin. Certain foods can help clear your complexion, diminish wrinkles, and brighten your overall appearance. We chatted with Carly de Castro, one of the founders of Pressed Juiceryand the author of the JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing & Living Well (coming out July 22nd) about the foods that should be on your raw menu.
Kale contains carotenoids, which are rich in antioxidants. Juicing with dark leafy greens helps fight inflammation and detoxifies the liver, which in turn detoxes the skin. Good digestion is linked to clearer skin.
Walnuts are chock-full of vitamins B and E, which help fight off free radicals that can cause stress and wrinkles. Plus, they contain omega-3 fatty acids that help strengthen the skin membrane, keeping it moisturized and looking subtle.
The vitamin C in citrus fruit (tropical fruits as well) can help with collagen production.
If you love sashimi or ceviche you are in luck. Salmon and tuna are full of those omega-3 fatty acids that will provide your skin with a natural moisturizer.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A and biotin, which provide the building blocks for the development of new skin cells. They are also packed with antioxidants that support collagen health and fight inflammation.
Spinach is full of anti-aging antioxidants and minerals like vitamin A, C, and K. It also helps skin stay hydrated.
Berries are jam-packed with antioxidants, which protect skin cells from signs of aging.
Beets are a potent cleanser that can clear your blood of impurities. Skin reflects the health of your blood, so the cleaner your blood, the more beautiful the skin.
Apples contain polyphenols, which can act as a natural sunscreen.
Almond and other nut milks are rich in copper, a mineral required to manufacture collagen, the structural protein that keeps skin wrinkle-free. It’s also high in manganese, a mineral that not only protects the skin from UV damage, but has also been shown to prevent red and itchy skin.