Forget the pricey creams and potions. Cancel the spa appointment. Say bye-bye to wintery skin by guzzling your way to gorgeous.
I know, guzzle doesn’t sound very dignified, but I can’t (won’t) help myself when I make this smoothie. It’s refreshing and bright, with a wake-up-it’s-spring kick in the pants from the peppery ginger.
But my primary motivation for making this particular smoothie is to revive my skin, which always feels itchy and dry during the final weeks of winter. Are you feeling the need for a skin boost, too?
I hope so, because I’ve got a smoothie that will give all of us a glow. Plus, it’s cheap and easy, with a mere 5 ingreidents (one of which is water). Here are the stars of the concoction, selected by yours truly to make you glow inside and out:
Oranges Oranges are extremely high in vitamin C, which has myriad benefits for your body in general. But it is fantastic for your skin, in particular, stimulating new cell production, as well as maintaining and repairing existing skin cells.
Carrots Carrots are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. It helps repair skin tissue and protects against the sun’s harsh rays. One of my tricks for adding whole carrots to smoothies is to grate them before adding to the blender. This step isn’t necessary if you have a turbo blender (e.g., Vitamix, BlendTec), but is essential if you have a regular/older blender. Grating the carrots ensures a “smoothie” instead of a “chunky.” Grate the carrots using the second largest holes on the grater for an super-smooth result.
Ginger Ginger has been used for ages to aid digestion, but its effects on digestion also make it fantastic for skin. The digestive tract plays a major role in our skin health (from blemishes to wrinkles to itchiness). As ginger aids digestion, it facilitates the removal of toxins from the body and promotes our circulation (think rosy glow). Ginger is also high in Vitamin C (powerful antioxidant against wrinkles) and has anti-inflammatory properties that help soften your skin.
Apples Like oranges, apples are high in Vitamin C, which speeds up skin’s cell production, making you look radiant. But they also contain B vitamins, like B5 and B9, which aids the reduction of blemishes and irritation. I like to skip the peeling and add the skin. Why? Extra fiber, for one. But also this : a 2012 study from the University of Iowa found that a natural substance in apple peel called ursolic acid protected mice from obesity, and previous research on mice indicated it can increase muscle mass. Interesting early findings! Choose organic apples if you decide to keep the skin, otherwise, peel it.
Water Last on the list is good old water. You don’t need juices or milks when you are adding whole fruits and vegetarable to a smoothie; water is perfect. And it is perfect for your skin, too. It’s easy for me to remember to drink lots of water during the hot and steamy summer, but I’m guessing you are like me in the wintertime: I typically drink far less than I should. Now’s the time to get back on track. Water is fundamental to getting the glow back to your winter-weary complexion because it flushes toxins from the body, delivers nutrients to your cells, and keeps your organs functioning. It also helps keep your cells plump and full, which makes your skin look firmer and clearer. Whoo-hoo!
Thanks Camil, definitely giving this a try today, my skin has been horrible ??
Sunday 27th of March 2016
This recipe sounds great! My skin tends to get dull and dry. I just happen to have all the ingredients at home and hubby just bought a BlendTec. Would ginger paste work?
Monday 16th of May 2016
Sure, you can definitely use ginger paste :)
Wednesday 19th of August 2015
Not sure that having a fructose spike in your bloodstream is going to be good for the skin.
Fructose (a sugar in fruits) is a simple carbohydrate (and can therefore contribute to hyperglycemia), so it's best to eat fruits whole (as a solid that you chew over time, and requires more digestion time in the stomach) which will have less impact on your insulin levels.
Diet / acne relationship is reviewed here by a renowned acne researcher;
Monday 24th of August 2015
I am not sure how you came to that conclusion after reviewing the article; that is in no way what the article is about! It is about acne in particular, not skin health in general.
Sunday 31st of May 2015
thank you for posting this! it's good to be reminded how simple a health packed smoothie can be!
Thursday 4th of June 2015
You are welcome, Micky!
Sunday 23rd of March 2014
I stumbled onto your site today and love everything I see. I am going to get your power bar book, too! The smoothie looks great, my skin needs this, too!