Smoothies for glowing skin. Sounds amazing, you’re thinking, but do they really exist?
Also… in the post-Botox era, why would we even need smoothies to help our skin look younger?
So for the record, I haven’t hopped on the Botox train. Yet. Or maybe never. Who knows? I’m conflicted!
I suppose the whole Botox thing has gotten better over the years, or at least people aren’t overdoing it as much as they used to. Back when Botox first came out, I'd consider it, but then I'd run into someone with that weird lift at the end of her eyebrows — or a frozen spot in the middle of her forehead — and I'd think, not for me. I didn't want to look like a living Photoshop experiment.
But things are better now, right? I know tons of people who do Botox and they look great.
So why haven’t I gotten Botox yet?
It’s not a judgment thing. Because I totally get why people do it. I mean, it’s awesome when we look well rested and vibrant and, well, younger than we should.
I get all that. And yet, I resist.
Is it because I'm lazy?
Or don't want to spend the money on an expensive habit?
No. It's because I'm stubborn.
I want to believe that it’s possible — and even socially acceptable — to age naturally, with as much grace as possible. Even if it involves — gasp — looking older as the years pass. I’m a rebel like that.
After all, we can’t really pretend like we’re not getting older, right?
It’s like one massive elephant in the room, as if our whole culture’s having this conversation:
Are you getting older?
OK, cool. Me neither.
Well, I’ll proudly admit that not only am I getting older… but in some ways, my skin looks even better than it did 10 years ago.
What? How is this possible without injections or fillers or surgical procedures?
Now, I’m not saying my skin is flawless. I definitely have some “11’s” forming, and many age spots (I like to think of them as late onset freckles), as well as the requisite fine lines around my eyes.
But in spite of all that, my skin does have a nice glow to it. A glow that leads to some cool compliments on occasion. And a glow that I didn’t have before my healthy eating journey, back when I was plowing through Doritos and buckets of Chardonnay.
It’s a quality that started to emerge when I started blending up smoothies for glowing skin.
How smoothies can help skin look younger
Let’s be clear. I’m not saying that drinking healthy smoothies is going to wipe wrinkles from our brow overnight. Or that drinking smoothies can or should replace a good skincare regimen — or botox treatments for that matter.
But what I am saying is this: enjoying fruits and berries on a regular basis can definitely help you get your glow on — while also keeping your digestion happy and boosting your immune system.
Here’s how: fruit such as strawberries and blueberries are very high in antioxidants that can counteract free radical damage throughout the body, and even help protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
Strawberries in particular are really high in vitamin C — in fact, one serving of about 8 berries has more vitamin C than an orange. Plus, they’re less acidic than citrus fruit, which helps if you’re someone who’s sensitive to citrus.
We all know vitamin C is great for our immune system.
But here’s something you might not know: vitamin C is important for the repair of all tissues in the body, and it also supports collagen production in the skin. Collagen is the protein in our bodies that provides structure to the skin and other connective tissue. The problem, however, is that collagen production can decline as we get older. That’s when the fine lines and wrinkles start showing up.
Here’s the good news, though. Vitamin C from strawberries and other vitamin C-rich foods can actually help boost that collagen production, even as we age.
This is why I recommend turning to smoothies for glowing skin.
Why you don’t need to be afraid of fruit
So do your skin a solid and start bringing more fruit into your life.
I know the keto crowd isn’t into it — and some of them seem set on making fruit enemy #1 — but please, pretty please, try not to fall for all that keto fruit paranoia.
Fruit is good for you. No, strike that. Fruit is GREAT for you.
Always has been.
Always will be.
You see, fruit is a complete package: in its whole form (i.e., not juice), it’s full of antioxidants and nutrients and even some fatty acids to nourish, heal and balance your body.
And, yes, fruit does have some sugars — natural sugars — but they are totally balanced out by the amount of fiber that comes with whole fruit. It’s actually a perfect combination, especially in the morning. These natural sugars give you a nice energy boost, and the fiber keeps you from having a blood sugar spike or crash.
Plus, fruit is easy to digest, and all of that fiber helps your digestive system flush toxins out of the body.
And as if that wasn’t enough, fruit is high in natural water content — meaning that it’s a food that can actually hydrate you. This further helps support healthy skin, tissues, and organs.
So tell me — are you ready to get your glow on?
I hope so! I even have some recipes you can try. A whole lot of smoothie recipes, actually, which you can check out here.
If you’re looking for my current favorite smoothies for glowing skin, here are a few:
Strawberry Hemp Smoothie: watch the video
I recently did a healthy eating TV segment on More Good Day Oregon about the Strawberry Hemp Smoothie, which you can check out below.
I love this smoothie because it's delicious and creamy and dairy free. And it has hemp seeds in it, which are also great for your skin.
Hemp seeds, by the way, are also high in protein and healthy fatty acids.
And they're completely non-intoxicating and free of THC. You might think of them as marijuana's straight-laced, church-going, body-building cousin.
You can find hemp seeds in almost any grocery store, and online of course.
I hope today’s post and recipes nourish you and help you feel all glow-y on the inside and out.
And if you have any questions along the way, connect with me on Instagram. I’d love to hear from you!
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