The skin regenerates itself every 28 days. So your skin is what you eat. Eating for healthy skin becomes super easy when you use smoothies. Smoothies allow you to pack in the best ingredients, while not skimping on taste. Need a skin smoothie recipe?
Here is what to include in your ultimate skin smoothie for a clear, glowing complexion.
Berries - The antioxidant benefits of berries are limitless! When looking for great skin, you can gulp down in a smoothie, opt for berries with high vitamin C and vitamin A properties, like blueberries, strawberries, etc. Each of these nutrients carries powerful potential for the skin, including brightening, regenerative, and clarifying effects.
Opt for whole berries over juices. Juices typically include mountains of added sugar. Sugar is essentially arsenic for the skin, and if you can't live without a hint of juice to soften up the smoothie, go for freshly squeezed, not from concentrate.
Avocados (yes avocado is a fruit) - A study done with over 700 women found that a high intake of healthy fats, the type found in avocados, was associated with more supple, springy skin.
Kale - Bursting with fiber. Kale is an anti-aging ingredient fit for a super skin smoothie. Introducing kale regularly into your diet can not only firm your skin but protect from future cell breakdown and premature aging. Kale yes!
Are you worried about the taste or texture of kale desecrating your precious smoothie? Add baby kale instead. It's much less crunchy, and nearly undetectable once blended alongside the supreme sweetness of berries or apples.
Ginger - It's no mystery why people have been using ginger to thwart illness for centuries. Its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-boosting properties make it not only an all-around all-star for your health but specifically for your skin -- for those same reasons! The taste can be quite overpowering for some people, and less is more. A small piece of ginger is sure to wake up both your skin and your smoothie's flavor profile.
#3 Supplements & Extras
Collagen - Uneven skin texture often comes down to collagen. You can pick up a package of powder collagen at any local vitamin or wellness haberdashery. They come in tasteless, or flavored varieties, so your collagen can lend itself to your liquid creation. In a nutshell, collagen is the glue holding our skin together, allowing it to stay firm. Supplementing with collagen not only improves skin elasticity but aids in cell turnover––all while hydrating the skin.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to keep your skin thick, supple, and moisturized. Salmon is rich in omegas. But a salmon smoothie? Not palatable. Let's go with flax seeds instead. Omega-3 fats reduce inflammation, which can cause redness and acne. They can even make your skin less sensitive to the sun's harmful UV rays.
Green Tea Leaves/Matcha - Green tea contains useful antioxidants that can help protect your skin against sun damage.
Add a handful of Ice Cubes - For texture and hydration!
Make it Yours
You can add or tweak this recipe as you see fit, with all the fruits, herbs, and extracts you have a taste for. Some honorable mention ingredients include mangoes, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.
Can't live without a dollop of yogurt in your smoothie? Grab some low sugar-content coconut milk yogurt flavored to your preference. Dairy is among the worst ingredients you can feed your skin.
It's all about the blender. Blendtec or Vitamix. A dull blade crushes everything. Instead of cutting it. Have you seen the commercials where they put a cell phone in the blender and pulverized it into a fine powder? That is the key. Enjoy your smoothie adventures. Here's a toast to eating for healthy skin.
When a Smoothie is Not Enough
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