Adding a splash of green to your skincare routine can be as simple as pressing start on your kitchen blender each morning
Eating your greens, as we all know is an important part of your daily diet. But how much attention are you paying your skin’s green intake?
A diet rich in spinach, kale, apple, berries, spirulina aloe and green tea, is known to boost your skin’s antioxidant, vitamin and mineral components and transform your regimen into a veritable hothouse of nutrients.
The phrase, “you are what you eat” is literally true. Nutrients from the foods you eat food provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in your body, from your skin and hair to your muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems.
Read on for my pick on skin saving foods, plus a green smoothie recipe - designed to keep your skin clean, smooth and shiny from within!
Save Our Skin with Kale, A Nutrient Rich Ingredient
By now, you should be pretty familiar with this leafy green. It’s probably been the leading ingredient in countless green smoothies you’ve consumed, and is offered as a salad base in many cafes. So, what’s the big deal and how can it help you out in the skincare department?
Kale is essentially nature’s multivitamin, and the skin is our largest organ, which needs many vitamins to keep it looking and functioning its best. Kale is high in vitamins A and collagen-producing vitamin C.
Retinol, which is a derivative of of Vitamin A, is an ingredient that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Kale is also rich in fiber, which promotes digestion and in turn glowing skin, and chlorophyll, a detoxifying antioxidant.
Save Our Skin with Spinach— Natures Real Beauty Food
Not only is this leafy green rich in Vitamin A (which we’ve already broken down), but spinach has high levels of iron, which is important for healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Kale a “true beauty food” also contains a variety of B vitamins, which are needed to promote long, strong, shiny hair. Popeye was seriously onto something here, as spinach also contains anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, which support clear skin.
Save Our Skin with Dark Berries
Not only are berries jammed with skin clearing antioxidants, but they’re packed with fibre too, great for staving off hunger pangs and regulating insulin production.
Save Our Skin with Celery
Health benefits of celery include anti-ageing. Celery is a good source of Vitamins A and C, which act as antioxidants and protect your skin from the signs of ageing caused by free radicals. They also contain Vitamin E, which nourishes and moisturises your skin.
Save Our Skin with Dates
For better elasticity of the skin: Loaded with vitamin C, dates does wonders in soothing the skin and keeping it hydrated. It also possesses the potential to retain the moisture levels and improve the skin elasticity.
Save Our Skin with Coconut Water
I am coconuts… for Coconut Water as dehydration leads to dry and less than happy skin. Drinking plenty of water [especially coconut water] can remedy this, helping your skin to be more hydrated, healthy, and plump. A hydrated body is a much healthier body. Hydrating with coconut water allows you to ingest multiple beneficial vitamins and nutrients such as: vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin K, zinc, iodine, selenium, manganese, and more. These ingredients will nourish you from the inside out, again boosting your overall health!
Save Our Skin - Green Smoothie Recipe
250ML Coconut water
Cup of Chopped Kale
Cup of Chopped Celery
2 Brazil Nuts
Half Frozen Banana
Whizz on high for 60 seconds!
(For best results, I wash and chop the Kale, Celery and Banana and place in plastic tubs in the freezer, making this an easy ‘go to’ morning skin saving smoothie solution)
Find out how to treat the signs of ageing naturally - here