Food. It’s the stuff of life. Literally. If you’re worried about your health, your skin or your overall well-being many of the answers can be found in the produce aisle of your local supermarket. When it comes to improving your skin, whether you want more vibrant looking skin, younger looking or more luminescent, there are natural ingredients to get the job done.
When it comes to healthy ways to improve your skin look no further to the smoothie. A combination of fruits and vegetables, this medicine cabinet in a glass can give your skin nutrients it’s lacking that’s responsible for dull, pale skin, age spots and wrinkles.
Let’s talk about why you need this skin repair smoothie in your life.
Wondering why you should put this key salad ingredient in your smoothie? One word: hydration. Cucumbers are packed with enzyme rich water and loads of immune boosting antibiotics which are perfect to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Smooth perfectly hydrated skin, that is the contribution cucumber makes to this skin repair smoothie.
You’ve probably heard a lot about kale—okay maybe too much about it—and you’re wondering if it lives up to its reputation as a super food. As a major source of vitamins A, C , E and K kale helps new cell growth and skin hydration. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce the skin’s reaction to free radicals and other environmental toxins.
That’s right, smoothies aren’t just for fruit and vegetable lovers. Flaxseeds have been growing in popularity for years, as bodybuilders and professional athletes started to tout the essential fatty acids contained within. These fatty acids are responsible for reducing red, puffy and irritated skin.
Add a tablespoon of flaxseeds to your favorite smoothie to reap these benefits.
Whether your poison is the antioxidant powerhouse blueberries or strawberries and raspberries, berries have a whole host of skin care benefits that include detoxification. The liver is the major processing organ in the body and berries help flush out toxins that can cause acne breakouts, wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Vitamin C is a mega antioxidant that protects skin from smoke, sun, pollution and other free radicals. Add blueberries, blackberries, goji or elderberries and even cranberries to help hydrate skin and increase collagen production
If you’re looking for another way to reduce the appearance of skin breakouts, consider removing dairy from your diet. For many women especially, the additional hormones in diary milk may cause skin irritation. Hemp milk contains thirty percent of the daily recommended value of calcium which helps with cell regeneration and anti-inflammatory properties sooth and smooth skin.
Use hemp milk to replace milk or yogurt in your smoothies.
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until the desired consistency is reached. Add more hemp milk or water to thin it out.
If you find kale is too bitter replace it with spinach, another vitamin rich dark leafy green. Mix up your berry blend to get the most out of your antioxidants and feel free to add a half a cup of Granny Smith apples or a banana for extra sugar.
Don’t be afraid to research your favorite fruits and vegetables so that you can add them to your smoothie recipes. Whether it’s another collagen producing fruit like pineapple or purple cabbage which is another big collagen producer thanks to the vitamin C.
And let’s not forget the high fiber content found in smoothies to give your skin an extra detox push that will leave it smooth, tight and vibrant.
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