6 Beauty Smoothies for a More Radiant Complexion
A few months back, I stumbled upon a beauty editor's Instagram snap of a slew of fresh fruits and veggies, protein and açai powder, and a blender. She explained that this was the beginning phase of her "beauty smoothie," which she drinks every morning for "better skin." I marvelled at the idea of drinking your way to a more beautiful you—it makes perfect sense. Sure, you can apply firming and glow-inducing serums and lotions to help improve your overall complexion (many of which we boast about and are faithful to), but one of the easiest and most holistic ways to better your skin lies in what you eat. For starters, leafy greens, orange and red veggies, berries, and citrus fruits all contain essential vitamins and minerals that detox your skin and help it radiate from the inside-out. Not really a ruffage kind of person? Smoothies are an easy way to ingest a tonne of good-for-you ingredients in one fell swoop. As such, we conjured up a bunch of delicious, skin-beautifying concoctions from wellness experts, a celebrity facialist, and even celebrities themselves to help you up your smoothie game. Keep scrolling to learn how to make them!
Miranda Kerr's Green Smoothie
Miranda Kerr calls this smoothie "alkalising, nutrient-dense, and high in vitamins and minerals." We'd almost take any smoothie recipe as gospel if it came from the supermodel's lips, but there's an actual backing behind this recipe: the goji berries, chia seeds, and açai powder are packed with antioxidants to rid your skin of free radicals, and the coconut water is super hydrating for an overall glow.
- 1 glass cold-pressed coconut milk
- 1 glass coconut water
- 1 tbsp. açai powder ($45)
- 1 tbsp. goji berries
- 1 tbsp. spirulina
- 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp. maca powder ($10)
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 1/2 tbsp. vegan rice protein powder
Blend until smooth. Makes one serving.
Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie
Joy McCarthy, holistic nutritionist and founder of Joyous Health says this smoothie is also rich in antioxidants via the raw cacao powder—a must for anti-aging.
- 1 cup coconut water ($5)
- 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp. maca powder
- 1 cup nut milk
- Chocolate chips for garnish
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy-smooth. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
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Candice's Blueberry-Banana Smoothie
While supermodel Candice Swanepoel swears by this smoothie for a flat stomach, its anti-inflammatory and detoxing properties do wonders for the skin, too.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tsp. protein powder
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. almond butter
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water
- 1 tsp. spirulina
Blend and enjoy.
Joanna Vargas's Green Smoothie
Joanna Vargas, facialist to stars like Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Julianne Moore, understands the importance of treating the skin from within, too. As a result, the esthetician has developed a number of smoothie recipes to help maintain that post-facial glow long after the appointment is over with.
- 1 cup romaine lettuce
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 handful of parsley
- 3 celery stalks
- 1/2 cup of cucumber, chopped
- 1 apple, cored
- 1/2 of an avocado
- Ginger to taste
Blend and serve.
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Glowing Goddess Smoothie
Says McCarthy, "Rich in fibre, this smoothie is great for digestion and elimination. Better elimination means more effective waste removal, which improves your skin and helps you glow!" You don't have to tell us twice—plus, this entire blend sounds absolutely divine.
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1 banana
- Thumb-size fresh ginger root
- 1 cup nut milk of your choice
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy-smooth.
For more great smoothie recipes, try Sally Obermeder's Super Green Smoothies recipe book ($13).
Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe? Please share with us in the comments!