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The Healthy Beet-Juice Shot for Youthful Glowing Skin

You're probably already using topical products like retinol and vitamin C to promote healthy skin (if not, try these skin-care products dermatologists love). But did you know that your diet can make a difference too?

It's true: Foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants have long been linked to anti-aging benefits, like reduced hyperpigmentation and smoother skin. Foods high in antioxidants and beta-carotene are especially helpful since they act as a natural UV protectant, says Zena Gabriel, M.D., a California-based dermatologist. (UV damage is the number-one cause of accelerated aging—and yes, you still need sunscreen for sun protection.) "In general, 'clean' foods are really good for the skin," she says.  A healthy overall diet is key, but if you struggle to consume servings of fruits and vegetables, converting a pile of them into a juice shot can be a quick and painless way to load up on produce. (Related: Following a Dairy-Free, Raw Vegan Diet Finally Helped My Horrible Acne)

Start with this lemon ginger beet shot from Inspired Taste. "Beets are high in antioxidants, which help reduce the effects of UV damage on the skin," says Dr. Gabriel. Lemon can balance your body's pH, which can in turn help prevent skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Likewise, the anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger are great for your skin. "Ginger creates a better gut flora and decreases the total inflammation in your body." This helps with inflammatory conditions, like eczema, acne, and psoriasis. (P.S. These anti-aging recipes will make you glow from the inside out.) Cheers.


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