If you’re feeling like your complexion is in desperate need of a boost right now, you’re certainly not the only one. When it comes to your skin, what you put in on the inside is as important as what you apply on the outside – you may have your skincare routine nailed in terms of products, but are you feeding your skin the right vitamins?
It’s hard to get all the nutrients our bodies need at the best of times, but an effective way to pack in some extras is with a well thought-out smoothie. Add one to your breakfast or use as a mid-morning snack, and be sure to include some of the below ingredients.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps keep the lipids in your skin fresh, which maintains your skin’s natural barrier and protects it from oxidative damage and harmful UV light. Avocados are a good source of vitamin E, as are almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds.
Your skin needs vitamin C to create collagen, which is the main structural protein that keeps your skin strong and radiant. Vitamin C can be found in blueberries, broccoli, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes.
A potent antioxidant, vitamin A is converted to retinol by the liver, and is important to maintain normal cell turnover and keep your skin from ageing prematurely. Carotenoids are a type of vitamin A (you may have heard of beta carotene and lutein, both types of carotenoids) found in kale, spinach, carrots, mangoes, apricots and plums.
Take a look at the below recipes from master smoothie makers Blendtec, all created to pack in the optimum amount of skin-loving vitamins, with delicious flavour. Each one makes up to three servings.
280ml almond milk
2 mangoes, pitted and peeled
1 avocado, pitted and peeled
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 cup ice cubes
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp coconut flakes
4 oranges, peeled
1/2 golden beetroot
2 tbsp ginger
Blood orange, strawberry and coconut smoothie
560ml coconut milk
300g strawberries, fresh or frozen
2 blood oranges (one juiced, one peeled and halved)
2 tbsp coconut butter
2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
5 ice cubes (double if you are using fresh strawberries)
Toasted coconut flakes for garnish
Sunflower strawberry smoothie
30g shelled sunflower seeds
1 medium carrot
230g frozen strawberries
Carrot Cake Smoothie
210ml unsweetened almond milk
30g plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tsp honey (or sweetener of choice, to taste)
3 medium carrots trimmed, peeled and cut into chunks
2 tbsp walnuts chopped
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 frozen banana
200g ice cubes