This week I’ve seen a huge amount of posts on Instagram especially about skin and skin health. When it comes to skin for me I really believe in nourishing the skin as much as possible from within with food. It can sometimes be difficult (as a woman especially) not to believe the hype and think we need the next big exfoliator, mask etc…but for me I believe in using minimal amounts of products on my skin and feeding myself as best as possible from within.
Here is a recipe for a super skin smoothie that I usually have 2-3 times a week..its packed full of nutrients that are excellent for skin and overall health. This recipe is enough for 2 glasses (I usually force feed the second glass to my husband 🙂 ). If I know I’m going to be rushing in the morning I’ll put this in the Nutribullet, store it overnight and add water and whizz it up in the morning. It makes is super cold as well which I like.
Heres the recipe…let me know what you think.
Spinach – a good handful or 2 cubes of the frozen stuff. Spinach is full of antioxidants, which are important for normal skin cell development and encouraging a healthy skin tone. Other outstanding benefits of spinach for the skin include increased collagen production, which helps to strengthen the capillaries for a smoother even skin tone reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The vitamin A in spinach also helps skin retain moisture to fight against dryness, psoriasis, and even acne.
Avocado – half of an avocado. What did we do before avocados! Avocados are a great source of antioxidant carotenoids which have been shown to improve your skin’s density, thickness, tone and general appearance. They are also very high in oleic acid which is an Omega 9 fat – one of the building blocks of healthy skin.
Cucumber – a quarter. Cucumber has a very high water content which aids hydration resulting in the reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The peel itself contains silica, which firms up sagging skin.
Ginger – about an inch. Ginger contains very powerful antiinflammatory compounds called gingerols. Inflammation in the body can contribute to skin related issues such as dermatitis, rosacea & psoriasis.
Turmeric – about an inch or a teaspoon if using dried. Turmeric belongs in the same family as ginger – its main active ingredient is curcumin. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Don’t forget to wash your hands if using fresh as it can be really difficult to wash off.
Both ginger and turmeric can be stored in the freezer if bought fresh
Lemon – Juice of a lemon. I find this really helps the taste of the smoothie as I am a citrus fiend! It is also full of Vitamin C which helps to neutralize free radicals linked to ageing.
Some other great additions to this smoothie include celery, berries and pineapple if you would like a sweeter taste.
Just top up with water (filtered if possible) and enjoy!
Let me know what you think