One not so great thing about summer is the effect the sun has on your skin. Luckily, one of the best things about it is having delicious fruits in season. When all the moisturizing lotions and skin care potions sitting in your bathroom shelf need a little bit of help, shake up your beauty routine with fruit smoothies. They may be just what you need to give your skin a sun-kissed glow. Add glow-getting smoothies to your diet with a few simple recipes you can try at home.
Smoothie 1: Carrot and Papaya
Whip up a bright smoothie for when your skin’s looking a little dreary. Carrots are rich in Vitamin C, which helps smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. While papaya contains antioxidants that shield you from skin-aging free radicals.
1 cup diced ripe papaya (180 grams)
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped (45-60 grams)
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon lime juice
Low-fat coconut milk
Blend ingredients at high speed for a full minute. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Smoothie 2: Green Apple and Spinach
Give your skin superpowers by feeding it superfoods. Green apples and spinach are packed with fiber that keep your system in check. This fruit and veg combo refreshes and detoxifies your system. You know what they say, a clean and healthy gut really clears up the skin.
2 cups of spinach
1 cup of ice cold water
1 tablespoon of ground flax seed (optional)
1 green apple peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
1 cup ice
Add all ingredients (throw in flaxseed for more fiber) and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Smoothie 3: Banana Berry
Fun fact: berries act like edible, delicious sunscreen. They contain antioxidants that protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Bananas, on the other hand, help keep your heart healthy.
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 frozen ripe banana
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
¼ cup orange juice
Combine all ingredients together in a blender and puree until smooth.
Smoothie 4: Strawberry and Pear
Did you know that strawberries have more Vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit? Pears are also an excellent source of wrinkle-fighting nutrients like fiber and Vitamin C. A smoothie with a generous dose of Vitamin C boosts your skin’s collagen production and gives you firmer, more plump skin.
1 cup strawberries, stemmed
1 pear, chopped
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 cup ice
Easy peasy! Mix and blend for a full minute. Pour, serve, and enjoy.
Smoothie 5: Pineapple and Mint
A smoothie that’s healthy, refreshing, and a delicious reminder of a fun, tropical summer? Yes, please. Pineapples are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants–everything that’s good for digestion and your skin, too. Add mint for a cool, soothing sensation. Juice from mint leaves cleanses and calms the skin and helps cure infections and itchiness.
4 oz pineapple
1 bunch mint
1 lime, juiced
3 tbsp cashews
1 cup ice
1 cup water
Mix ingredients until smooth. Serve with a cocktail umbrella by the pool.
A nutritious combination of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and good fats in healthy smoothies are especially good for your skin and body. Just make sure you get quality ingredients from the best sources. Here’s where you can get them:
Marketplace by Rustan’s and The Fruitstand by Rockwell (P1 Level)
Healthy Options (R3 Level)