5 Smoothies for Great Looking Skin and Hair
Annie Walton Doyle is a writer based in Manchester, UK.…
We all desire beautiful, clear, youthful skin and hair, but many of us don’t focus on the right things! Great skin doesn’t just require effective skincare products. A great diet and a healthy lifestyle are also key.
Although sleep, exercise, and stress relief are important factors to work on over the longer term, nutrient-rich smoothies are one way you can get a quick skin boost. Having a smoothie five to seven times per week packs in plenty of vitamins, minerals, and good fats that support beautiful skin. Since fruits and veggies contain different nutrients, mixing them up can be helpful. Smoothies come in handy, especially for those who struggle to eat fruits.
We’ve rounded up five of the best smoothie recipes, packed with the key nutrients for beautiful skin. A complexion that is clear, bright, and youthful complexion is just a beverage away!
1. Citrus Smoothie (Hair)
Vitamin C helps with skin elasticity and brightness! This smoothie is particularly packed with flavour and skin-supporting nutrients.
- Frozen ripe banana – 1
- Orange juice – 1/4 cup
- Oranges – 2
- Frozen mango chunks – 1 cup
- Pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen) – 1 cup
Peel and slice the banana and oranges. Begin by blending your banana and orange juice. Blend thoroughly for three minutes until smooth and frothy. Then add the oranges, mango, and pineapple, and blend until creamy.
2. Purple Antioxidant Smoothie (Skin)
This recipe is packed with skin-loving ingredients. Pomegranates improve circulation and digestion, while almonds provide flavonoids, which are known to improve complexion. Blueberries help stabilize blood sugar, which is important for great skin.
- Fresh pomegranate – 1/2
- Blueberries – 1 cup
- Kale – 1 large handful
- Spinach – 1 large handful
- Natural unsweetened almond milk – 2-3 cups
- Coconut oil – 1 tsp
- Ice – 1/2 cup
Peel the pomegranate and roughly tear or chop the greens. Blend all ingredients together for two to three minutes until frothy and smooth.
3. Pumpkin Smoothie (Skin)
Zinc-rich pumpkin seeds make this delicious drink great for your skin and hair.
- Raw pumpkin seeds, soaked for four hours – 1 cup
- Honey – 2 tsp
- Pumpkin puree – 3 tbsp
- Frozen cranberries – 1/4 cup
- Pumpkin pie spice – 1/2 tsp
- Chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 cup water for 10 minutes – 2 tbsp
- Dash of sea salt
- Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Begin by making pumpkin seed milk — simply blend the soaked seeds with honey and 2 1/2 cups of water until liquified and creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until frothy and smooth.
4. Grapefruit Smoothie (Skin)
This unique, refreshing flavour will delight your taste buds and your complexion, too!
- Pink grapefruit – 1
- Cucumber – 1
- Cilantro – 1 bunch
- Lime – 1/2
- Pineapple – 1
- Orange juice – 1/2 cup
- Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
Firstly, peel grapefruit and lime, then peel and core pineapple. Peel your cucumber if it’s non-organic. Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding extra water if necessary.
5. Green Smoothie (Hair)
Green smoothies are very hydrating and can help improve your skin and hair with leafy greens and vitamin-rich fruits.
- Plain coconut water – 1/2 cup
- Frozen ripe bananas – 2
- Chopped pineapple – 1 cup
- Chopped mango – 1 cup
- Spinach or kale – 2 cups
- Avocado – 1/2
- Flaxseed oil – 1 tbsp
Peel and slice bananas and avocado. Wash and roughly chop leafy greens. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high for at least three minutes to create a thick, frothy emulsion. Add more coconut water if the mixture is too thick.
Annie Walton Doyle is a writer based in Manchester, UK. She typically writes about beauty and other "personal aesthetics," with a healthy dose of both social commentary and stupidity. When not touching makeup, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature, and mysteries. Find her on Instagram @anniewaltondoyle.