Smoothie recipes for your skin by Virginia
In today’s health-savvy society, we’re more likely to take the old adage “you are what you eat” more serious than ever; however, we still don’t always know exactly how various vitamins and minerals correspond to particular health benefits. Furthermore, even when we’re aware, we might not take the time to stock up on the foods that deliver the goods.
With this in mind, here is a catalogue that not only covers the most important ways of getting nutrients for glowing, healthy-looking skin, but also smoothie recipes that will provide great ways of consuming them all in delicious and convenient ways.
Vitamin A/Beta Carotene
Beta carotene is a strong ally in protecting your skin. This vitamin reduces your count of free radicals, unstable “rogue” ions or molecules that can damage your skin and increase the chances of cancer. Even though it may seem an odd smoothie ingredient to some, kale is a fantastic source of these vitamins and actually mixes well with other vegetables as well as fruits.
Like beta carotene, vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and a proactive measure against wrinkles. Not only that, it also promotes optimal circulation, thereby aiding your blood cells to deliver needed nutrients to the skin. Mixing up smoothies with some almond butter, peanut butter, kiwi fruit or mango is a great way to boost your E levels.
Like biotin, omega-3s will fight off skin dryness and dullness– but that’s only the start of what these famous fish oils can do for your dermal health; they are anti-inflammatory agents that offset redness, rashes and even adult acne. Of course, these essentials are more well-known as “fish oils”, but flaxseed and hemp are great smoothie-friendly additives.
Some may think of collagen as the chemical used in cosmetic injections, but first and foremost, it is a natural agent that holds body tissues together. A lack of collagen can mean saggy, rough skin, and since vitamin C is a vital precursor to collagen, make sure you’re getting enough. When making a smoothie, add as many citrus fruits as possible, as well as guava, papaya and strawberries.
Banana Almond Ultra
How can something that sounds this good be incredibly good for your skin? The secret here is this recipe’s rich reserves of skin-perfect nutrients (that also happen to be delicious). In particular, the essential fatty acids found in its flaxseed oil are a great defense against red or puffy skin.
1 tbsp flaxseed oil
2 tbsp raw almond butter
1/2 cup organic apple juice
Clear Skin Smoothie
This one is a great ally for having youthful, glowing skin by providing you with ample omega-3s. Furthermore, it’s a great way to detox if you’re doing a cleanse.
1/2 cup organic blueberries
10 oz coconut water
half of an avocado
1/2 bunch dandelion greens
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
Papaya and Raspberry Pore-Sensation
Not only is the papaya a secret for opening clogged pores, but it also is miraculous in improving digestion. In fact, as both of these areas are involved in “unblocking” bodily functions, the connection is not coincidental. Additionally, papaya seeds are powerful anti-parasitic agents as well.
1 whole papaya
1 pint fresh raspberries
a handful of goji berries
water (add gradually to provide the consistency you like)
This one has a little bit of everything. It might read like an odd combination, but it’s truly delicious.
8 oz. almond milk
1 tsp unsweetened coconut
¾ c. frozen berries
1 organic spinach (you may want to pre-blend this excellent vitamin A source)
1 tsp ground flax
These are all great places to start, but the secret to a perfect smoothie is experimentation. As long as you are using skin-forward ingredients, go for it; even some unlikely combinations can be surprisingly tasty!
Virginia Cunningham is a freelance writer from Southern California whose writing specializes in a variety of health topics, including cooking, vitamin supplements, holistic medicine and fitness. To maintain her glowing skin, she loves making all-natural, delicious smoothies.
*photo courtesy of Miss Melissa’s Kitchen
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