At home beauty treatments are the norm now. Eggs and avo in your hair? No problem. Honey and yoghurt on your face? Of course! Oatmeal and coffee rubbed into your body? Couldn’t live without it! So why hasn’t the natural beauty trends moved into the way we eat as well, after all you are what you eat! Instead of relying on expensive chemicals to clear up your skin, why not shake up your beauty routine – literally? As it turns out, nutrition and skin experts the world over are preaching to us that what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your skin. While you already using your morning smoothie to get your daily dose of fruit and vegetables, adding glow-getting ingredients could be the thing to brighten up your skin!
Green on Green on Green
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Hydration plus! The cucumbers and pears in this healthy-as-possible concoction really boost the moisture content in your skin thanks to their enzyme-rich water and antioxidants. Along with kale’s vitamins (it’s a major source of vitamins A, C and E) for new cell growth, you’ll have people asking what your secret is in no time!
Happy Belly Smoothie
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Utilising the naturally occurring probiotics in kombucha, this smoothie gives your gut a helping hand, and also helps your skin out as a bonus. Kombucha = delivery system for complexion-saving nutrients. Adding pineapple gives your smoothie that beautiful tropical flavour as well as stimulating collagen producing enzymes to keep your skin plump and healthy.
Green Apple Pie Smoothie
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Apples are in abundance this time of year, and this smoothie isn’t nearly as decadent as it tastes, which is all the better for your lips and hips! The addition of spinach adds healthy skin vitamins to boost your collagen production and the protein in tofu makes your drink thick and creamy, as well as promoting elasticity in your skin.
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Because it looks like blueberries you can trick your squeamish taste buds into devouring this delicious cabbage based smoothie. The royally coloured vegetable is packed with vitamin C (hello collagen) and antioxidants that help to fight skin-damaging free radicals. It also is packed full of fibre to help your digestive system do what it does best!
Kale and Sunflower Smoothie
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One: there is kale here which we’ve already pointed out is fantastic for your skin. Two: papaya is chock full of vitamin A and fuels brightness with the ezyme papain. Three: sunflower seed butter is packed with copper, which helps protect it from the sun and harsh environmental damage. This is basically your new face mask from the inside out.
Beet Smoothie with Strawberries and Kale
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Beetroots provide a concentrated dose of folate – the B vitamin known to stimulate cell repair, keeping you looking your best! Kale and strawberries help aid your digestive system, which can often be the cause of breakouts, and the hemp hearts are killer at calming flaky, red skin.
Detox Probiotic Smoothie
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Kefir is the star of this detoxing Smoothie. The calcium, vitamin D, bacteria and yeast in this traditional drink will do wonders for your skin as well as your health. Add a vitamin C kick from the lemons and the hydrating effects of cucumber and we have a winner!
Lemon-Thyme Blueberry Smoothie
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Blueberries are not only delicious, but also very nutritious! Stuffed with vitamins A & C, as well as antioxidants this tiny fruit packs a punch. Chia seeds adds hydration, fibre and omega fats to help plump your skin. The lemon and the thyme mellow the sweetness and gives you some bonus glow-boosting nutrients.
Tropical Green Energy Smoothie
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Kale, papaya, pineapple and chia seeds are all skin boosting ingredients and this smoothie includes them all! Which basically means this smoothie is all you’ll ever need for healthy, glowing skin!