Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are behind us, I’m wondering, how’s your skin right now?
The reason I ask is that during holidays, most of us tend to eat more sugar ... and drink more alcohol, too. And unfortunately, sugar and alcohol lead to wrinkles, saggy skin, and dark circles under the eyes.
So today I’m sharing a January beauty reboot: one that makes your skin glow from within, and only takes 5 minutes per day.
So how does it work?
Here’s the plan: You’ll pack lots of essential nutrients and beauty-boosting benefits into your meals ... by using a simple blender.
You may have guessed that I’m talking about smoothies. But these are NOT the sugar-laden smoothies you’ll find at most smoothie shops. These are smoothies designed with skin and beauty in mind.
And they only take 5 minutes to throw together, making them a great option when you’re short on time.
So, here are 5 smoothie recipes to reboot your skin after the holidays:
#1 The Quick Antioxidant Booster
With just four ingredients, this smoothie is great when you need something really fast.
Plus, the berries are a great source of antioxidants, which protect your skin against harmful (and aging) free radicals.
• Handful of blackberries or blueberries
• 1 cup almond milk
• 1 scoop collagen powder
• 1/2 banana
Put all of these ingredients in the blender, blend until smooth, and enjoy!
#2 The Omega Glow Smoothie
Omega fatty acids are anti-inflammatories, and they help maintain the moisture level of your skin. So this next recipe is especially great during the winter.
Plus, it has spinach, a beauty superfood. Spinach contains vitamins A, C, and K, which work together to help your skin heal from scars or sun damage and fortify its natural barrier.
• Flax oil or coconut oil
• 3 handfuls of spinach
• 1 apple
• 1 or 2 stalks of celery
Optional: add half a banana for creaminess and extra flavor. You can also add a fish oil supplement (or take one in gel cap form) for even more omega fatty acids.
#3 The Avocado Anti-Ager
Avocado is chock full of anti-aging nutrients, including vitamins K, C, E, and A. The vitamin A in avocados even helps you shed dead skin cells, important for glowing skin.
It’s also a great source of healthy fat. One study with over 700 women found that a high intake of total healthy fat – specifically fats found in avocados – was associated with more supple skin and fewer fine lines.
In addition to avocado, this smoothie recipe also has hemp seeds, a great plant-based source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
• 1/2 ripe avocado
• 1/2 medium-ripe banana, fresh or frozen
• 1 cup frozen strawberries
• 1-2 large handfuls spinach
• 1 small handful kale, large stems removed
• 1 1/2 to 2 cups unsweetened hemp milk or coconut water
• 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
After blending these ingredients together, consider adding toppings for even more nutritional value. Good choices include blackberries, blueberries, goji berries, acerola berries, acai, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and sesame seeds.
#4 The Whole Grain Wrinkle Fighter
Whole grains keep your blood sugar stable, which is great for your skin.
Why? Because unstable blood sugar means your body is creating more advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). And AGEs are a major cause of wrinkles, sagging, and age spots.
So this recipe, with whole grains and lots of protein, is great for keeping AGEs at bay and your blood sugar stable.
• 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
• 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
• 1 pear, peeled and chopped
• 1 cup blueberries
• 1/4 cup milk or milk alternative
• 1 cup ice cubes
Blend well and enjoy!
#5 The Collagen Builder
I love citrus fruits because they have high levels of vitamin C, which is essential for building collagen. Vitamin C is also high in antioxidants.
So for a big collagen-antioxidant boost, try this smoothie. (And if you drink this and apply topical vitamin C serum to your face, you’ll be nourishing your skin with vitamin C inside and out!)
• 1 clementine, peeled and seeded
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup frozen strawberries
• 1/2 cup frozen mango
• 1 tbsp. chia seeds
If you can’t find clementines, you can substitute an orange or your favorite citrus fruit.
Alright, so try these 5 recipes out, make sure you’re also drinking lots of water, and let me know how it goes!