Ageing gracefully goes beyond applying a moisturizer before bedtime, it also includes diet. You should already know that smoothies are quick and nutritious – but did you know they can be your best skin’s best friend?
Chia seeds: Small but mighty, these are packed with skin-softening omega-3 fatty acids which maintain healthy skin cell membranes, reduce external inflammation, and prevent wrinkles, acne, and eczema. Add chia to smoothies to improve the look, texture, and overall health of your skin.
Figs: There’s a bit of irony in the fact that such a wrinkly little fruit can promote beautiful skin – but it’s true! Rich in fibre and minerals, they cleanse the body of toxins and are also a great source of skin-loving’ vitamin A. Pop figs into your smoothie if you are prone to pimples or acne.
Dates: They’re packed with potassium which helps to keep skin hydrated and supple, plus iron for a healthy natural glow, and B-group vitamins which help to counter acne breakouts. Add dates to your smoothie if your skin feels rough, dull, or congested.
Spinach: This soft, iron-rich green isn’t just for salads and sides; its mild flavour makes it an easy addition to a morning smoothie – all you will notice is the supercharge of antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Oh, and spinach is a great plant source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Spirulina: A quick scoop of spirulina turns any smoothie into an inflammation-fighting powerhouse, as it is absolutely packed with gamma-linolenic acid, free radical-fighting antioxidants, skin-building protein, and a wealth of vitamins and minerals.
Chlorella: This contains 18 amino acids and generous quantities of vitamins A and iron, plus iron and calcium. Stir a spoonful into your smoothie is you are wanting to reduce oiliness and blackheads, or reduce visible scars.
FREE RADICAL FIGHTER
The apple gives this recipe a nice boost of fibre, while the honey is full of enzymes to promote digestive health.
1 cup organic spinach
1 green apple
1 tablespoon raw honey
½ cup strawberries
1 cup coconut milk
UNDER THE SEA
Don’t like the taste of nutrient-rich spirulina? Think again! These ingredients mask the earthy flavour while giving this recipe a vitamin C charge.
1 tablespoon spirulina powder
1 cup almond milk
½ cup pineapple
½ cup mango
½ cup spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Source: Natural Health