The best smoothies for all skin concerns.
You may think that all your skin tribulations accrue from stress, hormones, ageing and poor genetics, but there’s more that goes into the condition of your skin. Whoever first said that ‘beauty is only skin deep’ forgot to mention that the real skin fixes lie within too – inside our bodies, that is.
Our skin is just another organ that uses the food we eat as fuel to function properly…in short, chow down on greasy junk food and you’ll see the aftermath manifesting itself on your face in the form of raging pimples. The skin’s not one for sympathy and compassion, people – It knows what it wants and it’ll stop at nothing to punish us if we were ever so bold as to deny it of them.
Furthermore, even the most expensive of skincare products can’t save us here (shame, right?). What we put on top of our skin can only penetrate so deep and do so much. In order to achieve radiant, clear skin, we’ve got to eat the right foods so that our skin can function well from the inside. If you’ve been using product after product with no major difference, get out your blender and add these beautifying ingredients to your next smoothie to seek out an everlasting glow.
To clear acne
Greens like cucumbers, celery and spinach contains antioxidants that will detox your skin by promoting cell renewal. Flax seeds fight against irritation, redness and inflammation in the skin. An alternative to pore-clogging dairy milk in your smoothie is matcha. Green tea contains EGCG (a potent antioxidant) which treats and prevents acne.
You’d also want to add some powdered maca – a superfood that’s derived from a root native to Peru – to your smoothie when the arrival of Aunt Flo is approaching. Maca powder balances out hormones to reduce PMS symptoms; in other words, it might just be your answer to warding off the dreaded period breakout.
To prevent ageing
Show sunspots they’re no longer welcome on your skin by mixing some carrots into your smoothie. These salutary root vegetables have high levels of beta carotene, an antioxidant to tackle cell damage and slow down the ageing of cells.
Throw in a couple pomegranate seeds (that reduce signs of ageing caused by sun exposure) and a banana (which contains Vitamins A, B and E that all have anti-ageing properties) for extra age-combatting benefits. Bee pollen is also a great option that battles free-radicals that cause aging such as wrinkles and dark eye rings.
To rejuvenate dull skin
To revitalise dull skin, you’ve got to load up on the hydration levels of your skin first. Chia seeds and walnuts will best meet your needs for this as they’re a source of Omega-3 – which hydrates your skin way better than a plain old cup water. Omega-3 fatty acids act as a crucial factor against skin dullness as they bolster the skin cell membrane of the epidermis, acting as a protective barrier against harmful environmental pollutants. Kales are rich in Vitamin K, which are great for decreasing puffiness under the eyes. Side note: Kale also has a mild sulfur content which can help in reducing redness and smoothing out skin texture. Score!
Healthy fats found in avocados and coconut oil work to build soft, radiant and supple skin.
And of course, you can’t forget blueberries – the proprietor of the highest antioxidant capacity among all fruits. These antioxidants fight damage and dullness of the skin by detoxifying it from the inside. Just an FYI: you’d want to get yourself a blueberry fix the morning after a night of partying to combat lifeless, hungover skin.
For an overall flawless skin
Here’s the all-around super ingredient that’ll help you achieve flawless skin: Collagen. It’s what repairs and strengthens the skin, giving it its suppleness and elasticity. Our bodies may naturally produce collagen, but collagen-production slows as we age; causing wrinkles and dullness.
To assist the natural collagen production in your body, add carrots and strawberries to your smoothie. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits have the ability to help convert amino acids into collagen. Or if you prefer a more straightforward approach, simply opt for mixing in ingestible collagen in powder form to your smoothie. We recommend Laneige’s collagen drink ($52) which contains 5,000mg of collagen peptides sourced from tilapia fish per bottle.
A version of this article originally appeared on www.herworld.com.