The secret to gorgeous, glowing skin? It’s not in the latest miracle cream (as much as I love a great moisturizer).
We’ve all heard of miracle ingredients in our skincare that claim to fight wrinkles, plump up our skin, and make us look younger.
But what if these ingredients were found in nature, and instead of putting them on our skin… we nourish our bodies from the inside out? It turns out that the most powerful anti-aging and complexion boosting secrets are right in our refrigerators!
A few years ago I started drinking green smoothies. I loved the idea of packing more greens into my diet through a delicious drink full of nutrition and fiber. A 10-ounce smoothie provides more fruits and vegetables than most people eat in an entire day! What I didn’t expect was the huge impact these drinks would have on my skin.
More powerful than any lotion or cream, green smoothies nourish our bodies from the inside out, resulting in gorgeous glowing skin.
Below are my two favorite recipes from the Simple Green Smoothies cleanse Fresh Start 21. I drink one of these every day. They are packed with powerful super foods known for their beauty-boosting benefits. Foods that help fight wrinkles, boost collagen, clear up acne and eczema, slow down the aging of cells and protect the skin from sun damage.
Here’s a breakdown of ingredients, and how they will help you have your best skin ever:
Spinach: Spinach is rich in vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, manganese, folate and iron.
Vitamin A helps improve acne and rebuild tissues while fighting fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin and also helps protect the skin from sun damage.
Vitamin C helps fight wrinkles and age-related dry skin, while fighting free radicals that lead to fine lines and collagen loss. Vitamin C is essential for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin. Vitamin C may also help protect skin cells against sun damage by promoting the repair of DNA that’s been harmed by UV rays.
Regular consumption of fresh, organic spinach has been shown to improve skin health dramatically!
Cilantro: Cilantro is a powerful natural cleansing agent that helps remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body. Cilantro leaves are rich in vitamins K, A, C and folate. It is also rich in folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage which helps slow down the aging of cells.
Cucumbers: Composed of 95 percent water, cucumbers keep the body hydrated and also helps the body eliminate toxins. The cucumber skin contains most of the nutrition of the cucumber including a large amount of vitamin C, so buy organic and leave it on. Cucumbers contain unique anti-oxidants in moderate ratios such as β-carotene and α-carotene, vitamin-C, vitamin-A, zea-xanthin and lutein. Antioxidants fight against the free radicals that lead to fine lines and collagen loss.
Avocado: Avocados are rich in healthy fats, vitamins A, C, and fiber, making them an almost perfect healthy food that enhances your complexion and fights aging skin. The polyunsaturated fats help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier, critical to keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking. If you’re not getting enough fatty acids in your diet your skin may be dry, inflamed, and prone to whiteheads and blackheads. These healthy fats also help decrease the inflammation associated with acne.
Mint: Mint leaves provide a considerable amount of vitamins A and C, as well as small amounts of other vitamins.
Pineapple: Pineapples are a rich source of antioxidants that fight against the free radicals that lead to fine lines and collagen loss. One cup of fresh pineapple provides 131% of your vitamin C needs for the day, 2% of vitamin A needs, 2% of calcium and 2% of iron.
Mango: Mangos are rich in Vitamin A, C, E and beta-carotene. 1 cup of mango provides 76% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C and 25% vitamin A. Vitamin E promotes plumper, fuller skin with less wrinkles by protects skin from the damaging effects of free radical activity which can cause damage to cells.
Ready to get blending? (Pin this to make later!)
- Blend the greens and water until completely smooth. Then add the fruit and blend again. This will cut down on the chunks.
- Use fresh organic greens.
- Use at least one frozen fruit to make your green smoothie creamy and cold.
- Recipes below make 2 servings (16 oz each). You can share the second serving or store the extra in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container like a mason jar.
Cilantro Mango Detox Green Smoothie
Place spinach, cilantro and water in blender. Blend completely. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Cucumber Mint Green Smoothie
Place spinach, mint and water in blender. Blend completely. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
Ready to get your healthiest, most glowing skin ever? I truly believe beauty starts on the inside. Try one green smoothie a day, and you will be surprised by how much your skin will change after a few weeks of these nutritional power drinks.
If you want to discover more green smoothies, the Simple Green Smoothies website is a great resource. There are lots of recipes, tips, green smoothie challenges and a 21 Day Cleanse (which I did last year and loved!).
Do you have a favorite green smoothie recipe? Share it in the comments below!
Have you downloaded the Quick Guide for Safer Products? Print it out and carry with you! This easy to read cheat sheet will list the top ingredients to avoid, how to spot them on a label, and why to avoid. Access here.