Want to know which spring ingredients I'm adding to my smoothies right now? Then you're at the right place. Yet before we dive in, I'd like to tell you why I reach for these specific foods for healthy skin around this time of year.
I love spring time in Florida. It's warm sunny days and cool, crisp nights. I wish it was like this all year long. We've already hosted a few backyard barbecues and I've even started to wear shorts. It's time to get some Vitamin D and get these white chalky legs a golden hue.
As the weather gets warmer though, and my jeans head to the back of the closet, I find myself thinking more and more about how my skin is looking. I love having smooth, golden, glowing skin, yet I am not one to spend lots of money on creams and treatments.
I like to start with mother nature, which means focusing on getting good sleep, staying hydrated and nourishing my body with foods that help my skin. Wanna join me? Let's bust out our blenders and use these 6 spring ingredients to supercharge our skin!
6 Foods for Healthy Skin you can Blend
Avocado is one of my favorite skin-boosting smoothie ingredients. It make your smoothie extra creamy, and it adds a dose of healthy fat. This helps your skin retain moisture and keeps it super soft. Avocado is also a great source of vitamin E and vitamin C. These are key nutrients that protect against free radical damage, ward off wrinkles, and slow down signs of aging.
Blend this smoothie: SPA SKIN CLEANSER
Cilantro isn’t just for your guacamole and salsa! It's great for blending into green smoothies, too. Cilantro helps the body naturally get rid of heavy metals, free radicals, and other toxins in the skin. It’s high in vitamin C, which plays a role in collagen production (a structural protein that key to youthful, glowing skin), and may also help ward off dry skin.
Blend this smoothie: CILANTRO MANGO DETOX
Carrots are packed with antioxidants, making them the perfect anti-aging veggie. They're most widely known for their high beta-carotene content, which is converted to vitamin A inside and the body. Beta-carotene helps repair damaged skin, reduces sun sensitivity (which is not an excuse to forget your sunscreen!), and gives your skin an all-natural glow. Blend some carrots into your next green smoothie to reap these all-natural skin benefits!
Blend this smoothie: BEGINNER'S LUCK WITH TOPS
When it comes to glowing skin, hydration is key. If you're dehydrated, your skin gets dry, flaky, and is more prone to wrinkling. Coconut water is a great way to up your fluid intake and getting important nutrients. Coconut water is like nature’s sports drink. Packed with electrolytes (1 cup coconut water contains more potassium than 4 bananas!), coconut water helps hydrate your body, regenerates your tissue, and flush out toxins. These are all key to getting your glow on!
Blend this smoothie: PEACH COCONUT DREAM GREEN SMOOTHIE
Did you know that blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents amongst all fruit? That's right! The dark blue hue of this sweet berry comes from anthocyanin. These antioxidants protect your skin against free radical damage. Free radicals are one of the main causes of wrinkles, dull skin, and accelerated aging. Eating an antioxidant-rich diet can help protect your skin from free radical damage. Here's to that youthful glow for years to come!
Blend this smoothie: FREE RADICAL FIGHTING SUPER SMOOTHIE
Getting enough fiber in your diet is incredibly important to your skin's health. Fiber helps your digestive system stay on track, which keeps things moving in the body. This allows nutrients to be absorbed and toxins to be eliminated, which is essential to getting that healthy glow you're aiming for. Chia seeds are packed with soluble fiber, along with essential vitamins and minerals, that aid in normal digestive tract function. Blend these seeds right into your smoothie or sprinkle some on top. Your digestive system + skin are sure to thank you!
Blend this smoothie: CHIA BERRY GREEN SMOOTHIE