Glowing skin starts from within.
Within your GUT, in fact.
Your gut microbiome is largely responsible for how your skin looks. Without a diverse collection of beneficial bacteria, your skin majorly suffers (as does your mood and immune system!) Not only do you want a flourishing garden of good bacteria in your gut, you also want your digestion running smoothly so that you are regularly ridding toxins from your body (shout out to fibre for that one)
There are so many creams, serums, lotions, and cleansers who’s packaging essentially screams at you that IT IS THE KEY TO RADIANT SKIN.
Yes. What we put on our face matters. However, that is only one piece of the puzzle.
There are ingredients like Biotin for example which is extremely effective for hair/skin/nails when eaten or supplemented, but doesn’t really do much when applied topically. Yet we see hundreds of products with the words ‘with biotin’ plastered all over them. This is just one of the sneaky ways that products try to convince you that it’s what you put on OUTSIDE that matters. Well, turns out that saying our parents used to say to us was right:
It’s what’s inside that counts.
Here are 6 ingredients your morning smoothie is missing for more radiant, glowy, clearer skin:
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It makes your nails strong, your hair thick, and your skin elastic. That’s right – elastic. Meaning buh-bye wrinkles. Your collagen production starts to slow down in your mid 20s! I’m 24 and have been consuming collagen daily every day for a year. I love it so much I wish I started earlier. I add an unflavoured collagen protein powder to my smoothies (or morning coffee/tea/elixir) and within just 2 weeks I noticed the biggest difference in my skin and nails. This is my favourite if you want a larger tub but these individual packets are great for life on-the-go and adorable too.
VITAMIN C (FROM GREENS LIKE KALE, SWISS CHARD, SPINACH)
Okay so you should always have greens in your smoothie no questions asked. It is really easy to take a healthy smoothie and turn it into a sugar-bomb. As a general rule of thumb: try to use low-sugar fruits like berries as often as you can and make sure that there are 2x as many greens in the smoothie as fruits. Back to the point:
Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production. Yes, supplementing collagen is all well and good but you want to give your body the tools it needs to produce collagen itself too! Vitamin C does just that. It’s a necessary precursor to what we call ‘the collagen matrix’.
How intense does that sound? I love it. Load up your smoothie with vitamin C and you’ll be as badass as Keanu Reeves – matrix style.
Also, these are packed with fiber. Healthy digestion = healthy skin.
You know how Hollywood is all like, ‘location, location, location’? well I say,
Gut health, gut health, gut health.
Without your gut health, you got nothing. Your immune system is weakened, your body cannot produce serotonin (your happy neurotransmitter) and you can’t break down your food properly to get all those nutrients out of it! Your gut health is crucial for you to eliminate toxins daily which in turn is crucial for skin health. This is my favourite probiotic mix to add to smoothies (bonus! It also adds fibre)
Probiotics like lactobacillus can increase skin’s moisture retention as well. Hello, dewy glowing skin.
These little protein powerhouses are also packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. These essential fatty acids are necessary for our bodies but we can’t actually make them ourselves. Meaning we have to get them from our diet. I love adding a tbsp. of hemp seeds to my smoothie because a) it doesn’t have the chalkiness or added sugars that so many protein powders have and b) you get a huge boost of anti-inflammatory fats. Decreasing inflammation is important for fighting redness, improving acne, and keeping skin moisturized (especially through those winter months) Get some here
COCONUT OIL OR ALMOND BUTTER
Fats are your friend. When it comes to skin health, fats are your BEST friend. Coconut oil contains more of those anti-inflammatory properties to banish redness while almond butter contains tons of vitamin E which is a potent antioxidant that can fight signs of ageing and keep your skin moist and youthful. Want to also boost brain function and energy? Try this one
There was a time in my life (I was like, 12) where I thought a smoothie meant a banana, strawberries, some sweetened yogurt and ORANGE JUICE. Brutal.
That is not to say orange juice is bad (I mean, I def wasn’t using the cold-pressed stuff) but would you check the sugar content on that?!
Smoothies are an awesome way to HYDRATE your body which is NEEDED for beautiful skin. I like to add coconut water, unsweetened almond milk or lots of ice to my smoothies to make sure I’m getting lots of hydrating liquid. Too much sugar in your smoothies can actually be pro-inflammatory which kinda defeats the purpose of having a ‘healthy’ smoothie for breakfast, no?
Coconut water is awesome because it contains loads of electrolytes like potassium for that pre-or post-workout glow AND contains cytokines which can help reduce cellular ageing. We always want to reduce cellular ageing. Always.
Now, LETS GET GLOWIN’