Smoothies for Acne and Clear Skin
Everyone knows that drinking smoothies is great for your health. However, did you know that not only are smoothies great for keeping you healthy on the inside, but they can also work to help keep you looking great on the outside as well?
It’s true, smoothies can help to improve your overall skin appearance. Whether it is helping to reduce acne, reducing skin irritation, or even giving your skin a nice healthy glow, there is a smoothie out there that can help.
In this article, we will be going over exactly how smoothies can help improve your skin by highlighting specific ingredients that support healthy skin and getting rid of acne. We will also provide 4 great smoothie recipes you can make at home to put these ingredients to the test.
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How Smoothies Can Improve Your Skin
We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, that is a given. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people do not get anywhere near the recommended daily serving amount of fruits and veggies.
This is where smoothies can come in and help make up the difference. Smoothies can quickly provide a concentrated amount of certain nutrients and minerals that support healthy skin.
It is well known that if you eat healthier foods then you will have healthier looking skin. (1) Let’s look at some specific ingredients that you should add to your smoothies if your objective is to get rid of acne and have clearer skin.
The Best Acne-Fighting Smoothie Ingredients
Each of the following four ingredients contains proven acne-fighting properties that help to leave your skin looking clean and clear. In addition, they are all commonly used in many smoothies so you don’t have to go out of your way to make a great tasting smoothie that will help to get rid of acne.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great ingredient to add to your smoothies, as it features a hefty dose of healthy fats in the form of medium chain triglycerides such as lauric acid and caprylic acid. (2) When you metabolize these fatty acids they transform into potent antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agents within the body. These, in turn, attack things like candida and bacteria inside your body, both things that contribute to the development of acne.
In fact, coconut oil is so good for your skin that many people apply it liberally as a moisturizer on their face. It might seem counterproductive to put an oil on your face to combat acne, but those same antibacterial properties also help work directly on your skin to help keep it healthy and clear.
Avocado is another ingredient commonly used in oil form and applied directly to the skin to help treat acne. Avocados also work wonders for your skin even when consumed directly. (3) Avocados contain a large amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that are fantastic for keeping your skin moisturized.
The omega-9 fatty acids found in avocados provide proper moisture in the epidermal layer of the skin, helping to keep it soft and smooth. The oleic acid found in avocados also helps to reduce redness and inflammation, and can even regenerate damaged skin cells.
Cucumbers possess many incredible health benefits (4) and they are an excellent source of hydration for your skin as they contain a large amount of water content. Not only that, but thanks to the anti-inflammatory phytonutrients they contain, cucumbers are also great for reducing redness and other skin irritations.
Cucumbers are also high in silica, which is commonly known to have positive benefits for your skin’s appearance. There is a good reason why so many detox green smoothies include cucumber, and their ability to help clear up your skin is only one of them.
Most people assume that the only benefit that comes from eating carrots is they help to protect your vision thanks to their vitamin A content. That said, carrots also contain a lot of antioxidant carotenoids that can help to protect the cardiovascular system and help prevent the outward signs of aging from damage caused by harmful free radicals. (5)
Not only are carrots great in terms of detoxification, thanks to the support they provide your liver, they also serve as a superfood that is capable of vastly improving the appearance of your skin. Many people who increase their intake of carrots report having glowing, healthier looking skin.
Acne Fighting Smoothie Recipes
1. Green Avocado Blast Smoothie
This smoothie packs quite an acne-fighting punch, featuring both avocados and carrots. It even includes blueberries to further boost its antioxidant content, making it one incredibly healthy smoothie overall.
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 carrot
- ¼ avocado
- ½ banana
- ½ pear, cored
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
2. Green Coconut Blast Smoothie
This sweet and tropical tasting smoothie contains the other two potent acne-fighting items we have covered in this article, that is coconut oil and cucumber. It also includes additional great ingredients that provide other excellent health benefits.
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 Peach (Pitted)
- ½ Cucumber
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 ½ cups coconut water
3. Glowing Skin Green Smoothie ®
A smoothie from the popular book called Beauty Detox Solution. It is packed with healthy detoxifying ingredients like spinach, lettuce, celery, apple, pear, and lemon juice. A nice, light and refreshing smoothie drink.
Here is a video of the smoothie being made:
4. Better Beauty Blast Smoothie
This smoothie is loaded with ingredients known to have benefits for your hair and skin. Loaded with rich green vegetables and refreshing ginger and honey taste.
1 cup spinach
½ inch ginger
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Enjoy one of these smoothies everyday day and it will not be long until you notice healthier skin. Be sure to drinks lots of water to support your body’s detox function.
Healthy skin can result not only from eating more of the ingredients mentioned in this post but also by eliminating inflammatory foods from your diet.
Please share and let us know your favorite smoothie recipe for clear skin.