From dark, leafy greens to fresh-pressed fruity blends, the juicing craze boasts of many benefits. Sure, an influx of nutrients, increased energy and the promise of dropping off pounds sounds appealing, but these ten drinks are designed with one thing in mind: To improve the look of your skin.
The After-Sun Skin Saver
Eezz’s Juice Bar at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach sets the perfect stage for relaxation post-workout, after a treatment of for those seeking shade from the sun. The bright, ocean-view spot serves up fresh juices and healthy smoothies, each of which are geared toward tackling specific concerns. The spa recommends the Anti-Oxidant, a blend of orange, organic apple, organic cherry, cabbage, pomegranate, and acai, to help sun-kissed skin counteract the damage from the UV rays, and refers to the juice as “sun protection from the inside out.” The best part: The drink only racks up 145 calories for 12 ounces.
The Pore Perfector
Designed specifically to complement the spa’s full-body detoxifying Purist treatment, the Cornelia Signature Super Food Elixir’s algae blend may sound a bit too “green,” (even for leafy lovers) but the Cornelia lab’s version deliciously pulls it off—with the help of a hint of tartness offered by pomegranate juice—in a drink that promises to clean out your pores and improve skin quality.
1 Super Food Nutrient capsule, available at the spa; contains the active ingredient of Lithothamnium Calcareum (seaweed)
4 oz pomegranate juice
1 oz vanilla soy milk
1 cup ice
Blend together until smooth.
The Poolside Pick
The beautiful ocean views may be the most impressive thing at Cabo’s Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, but the poolside drink offerings undoubtedly come in a close second. Created by the chefs at the resort to serve as a “refresher” for both spa and pool guests, the prepared-to-order (and completely complimentary) Aguas Frescas are made from indigenous Mexican fruits, vegetables and desert plants like chaya, prickly pear and tamarind—and guests can opt to feast on them in frozen form as a popsicle. While the spas says all the drinks are healthy, they specifically recommend the Cucumber, Parsley and Carrot Aguas Frescas for skin benefits, as cucumber is “a natural rejuvenator that adds color to your lips, brightness to your eyes and skin.”
The Full-Body Energizer
From a DIY juice bar that lets guests blend their own custom-made juices to a lengthy spa drink menu of healthy mocktails, Queenstown Hilton has a bit of something for everyone. The eforea Energizer Mocktail Brief carrot-based concoction contains vitamin A, B, E and a mix of minerals that energize the body and, according to the spa, offer health benefits for eyesight, teeth, liver, skin, bones and hair, while the touch of ginger helps offset tiredness.
Half teaspoon of honey
Blend together until smooth.
The Purifying Elixir
Thought your full-day juice cleanse was challenging? Available in three-, six- and nine–days programs, juicers ready for the next step can sign up to take a trip to Thailand for Paresa’s Detox Juice Program, a “gentle introduction to promoting detoxification.” The resort serves up both shots and juices, all of which are made fresh from 100-percent natural ingredients like chlorella, fruit, herbs, spirulina and vegetables, and Tisanes (herbal teas) made from the property’s organic therapeutic plants. Veggie lovers opt for the Purification Juice (a blend of apple, guava, beetroot, celery, cassia, lime and passion fruit), which Paresa specifically recommends for its cleansing and detoxifying properties, which in turn, help purify the skin.
The Anti-Aging Smoothie
No juicer? No problem. The Regent Spa at the Regent Palms Turks & Caicos Antioxidant Smoothie (which the spa recommends pairing with its 90-minute Caribbean Zareeba treatment to experience the full benefits of detoxification) requires your basic blender to prepare. Brimming with some of the most antioxidant-rich fruits and polyphenol-packed green tea, this drink gives your body some serious free-radical fighting power—and a kick of caffeine in the process.
1⁄2 pint of blackberries
1⁄2 pint of strawberries
6 sprigs of fresh de-stemmed mint
4 oz. strong iced green tea
Add ice. Pour all ingredients into blender on pulse speed. Serve in a glass.
The Perfect-Skin Potion
The Peninsula Beverly Hills Spa’s organic antioxidant-rich Green Refresher combines parsley and kale with the sweetness and tanginess of apple and orange. The excellent source of phytonutrients—as well as vitamins A, C and K, and calcium—supply the skin with vital nutrients, and serves as one of the richest sources of lutein and beta-carotene, which the spa says improves skin elasticity and firmness.
1/4 cup Tangerine Juice
1/4 cup stemless Parsley, chopped
1/4 cup stemless Kale, chopped and blanched
1/4 skin on Red Apple
1/4 skinless Navel Orange
1/2 cup Crushed Ice
Puree all ingredients completely except crushed ice. Add crushed ice and puree until foamy head is created. Serve.
Beauty in a Bottle
Besides being refreshing and sweet, Ritual Cleanse’s new Watermelon Berry (a cold-pressed concoction of organic strawberries, watermelon, apples and coconut water) has some serious skin-care benefits to back it up: It’s packed with a huge dose of vitamin C, and cofounders Lori Kenyon and Marra St. Clair specifically included the wonder fruit watermelon because of its high levels of beta carotene, which helps improve cell function and skin elasticity.
After seeing how clear and clean coconut oil made her complexion, Paleta chef Kelly Boyer created the Magic Milkshake, a coconut oil-based detox drink. Intended to be consumed as part of a few-day cleanse or on its own, Boyer claims the special ingredients will alkalinize your system and balance your pH—and leave your skin glowing in the process.
The Clear-Skin Cocktail
The Ginger Elixir at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA, is a delicious non-alcoholic “ayurvedic cocktail” that contains ginger juice. According to the spa, this anti-inflammatory powerhouse helps assist with digestion, boosts skin smoothness, tone and lightens age spots, while containing properties that help prevent acne.
1 cup ginger juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup water
1/4 cup honey
Blend well and serve.
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