Skin & Smoothies
I’m pretty pumped to be sharing some of my all-time favorite smoothies with you today. I’ve been trying these out during the busy summer month and I don’t know about you, but this summer was a blur. I barely had time to do what needed to be done and there was no time left for much pampering. Adding smoothies to my routine helped keep my skin, gut, and energy where it needed to be. I drink 24oz of juice each morning followed by tons of water. It’s a great way to start your day and keep you from grabbing carbs or something lacking nutrition too.
Remember how I told you your skin is your largest organ? I know I sound like a nagging mom, but you NEED to remember this. We can’t always control what slips through the skin barrier (think atmosphere) but, we can make sure we nourish it properly. Blending your way to glowing skin is a great, convenient way to achieve a more hydrated, plump, and clear complexion. Let’s talk about some great ingredients to add to your drinks.
Collagen- Collagen is the glue that keeps your skin tight and youthful. Do you ever look at your precious baby and think “my gosh I would die for that skin”? That’s because their little bodies produce tons of collagen each day to give them flawless skin. Collagen production slows way up in our 40’s (boo) and after menopause it’s as elusive as your kids on cleaning day. Amen for collagen boosting foods like kale, avocado 🥑, fruits 🍎 nuts 🥜 and spinach. Now you can even add a collagen supplement to your coffee, tea, or foods.
Omega 3’s- Many skin issues show up when we don’t pack in the omega 3’s. Issues like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and dry skin. Omega 3’s help clear up inflammation which may be a big contributor to acne and psoriasis. I will tell you I get tons of inquiries about psoriasis and eczema (see my previous blog on eczema). Psoriasis is a skin disorder where the immune system produces skin cells too quickly. Your skin is designed to regenerate every 21-28 days, but if you have psoriasis it only takes 2-6 days, causing inflammation and rash. Loading up on anti-inflammatory foods like omega 3’s, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, nuts, oils, and avocados will help. Also, a great clean supplement like YL omega’s is a great way to get it in your daily routine.
One of my favorite smoothies is my green drink. I’m pretty horrible at eating all my greens in a day, but this provides a great way to get me to my goal. It also helps you gain a glowing complexion and achieve great gut health.
1 cup of coconut water 💧
4- Kale leaves
1-2 hands full of spinach
2 green apples 🍏
2 English cucumbers 🥒
2 celery stalks
1 inch of ginger
4 kiwis 🥝
1 juiced Lemon 🍋
Blend and go!!
This is packed with tons of antioxidants and all kinds of cell rejuvenator copper.
Why This Smoothie?
Kiwi- 🥝 Kiwi is one of my all-time favorite fruits. Just one a day gives you a 100% of your daily vitamin C, which is key for producing collagen and keeping your skin firm. Kiwi is also packed with vitamin E which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles HELLO!! Can I bathe in Kiwi??
Kale- Kale is high in cooper and mineral that increases melanin, a pigment that helps protect you from the sun.
Brighten up buttercup is so delicious and packed full of vitamins and protein for your skin.
BRIGHTEN UP BUTTERCUP
~1 and 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond or cashew milk.
~1 and 1/2 cup of raw spinach
~1/2 cup of grapes
~ tablespoons of almond butter
~1 tablespoon of flaxseed
Why This Smoothie?
Pigmentation... ugh this has plagued me since my 2nd pregnancy. I work hard to keep it at bay with products and keeping my face out of the sun. I like to pretend I’m a famous movie star hiding under my big sunglasses and floppy hat, but in reality, I’m trying to keep my skin from pigmentation spots and wrinkles. It’s rough. Since then I’ve found out that grapes were high in vitamins A, B6 and C plus have folate and iron. Bonus to help with my spots.
Brighten up also has flaxseed in it. Can I tell you how much I love flaxseed? It’s virtually tasteless so you can hide it in all kinds of smoothies from your little dragons. They are rich in fiber and loaded with omega 3’s. Remember they keep our skin plump, but also detoxify the body and promote healthy skin and nails. They help keep you fuller longer and can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Yay! Dump an extra serving in my glass please.
This smoothie is crazy good for you. It’s has great skin support vitamins like A, B, C, and K. It also includes minerals like iron and potassium.
~1 cup of coconut water
~1 cup of spinach
~5 large romaine leaves
~juice of one lemon 🍋
~1 cup of pineapple 🍍
~4 sprigs of parsley
~2 tablespoons of flax seed
Why This Smoothie?
Parsley is the key ingredient in this one. It helps reduce under eye bags and darkness SAY WHAT?! Yep!! It also speeds up the healing process of wounds and combats wrinkles.
Feel free to experiment and make these your own. Maybe you love a little extra protein or collagen boost. If you like yours a little sweeter add some honey or another piece of fruit. The options are endless and you can totally customize to suit any issues or needs.
Here are few little tips I like to use when I’m on my smoothie kick.
#1 Make life easy on yourself. I’m in love with order online and pick up your groceries. Can I get an amen gals?!? No waiting in line and getting distracted as you shop. Just click, pay and pull up! Thank you, Mariano’s and Walmart, you have a girls back. This also makes it super easy to make sure you have everything you need!
#2 Precut and freeze for the week. I love this when I do it. No excuses for not eating healthy or having veggies and fruit go bad. It’s all washed, cut and in a plastic bag to blend.
#3 Don’t guzzle it down. Take your time so your body can absorb all those nutrients, not dump them all at one time.
#4 Drink lots of water. Remember you are consuming much more fiber this way so you will need the extra water, which only helps your skin all the more!
Do a gal a favor and comment which smoothie you can’t wait to try or one you already love @theoilyesthetician BONUS if you show me a picture! Here’s to great glowing skin ladies!!!