Everyone wants their skin to look healthy and glowing, especially after the cold winter months. While organic face creams will keep you hydrated, it is also important to think carefully about what you put into your body if you want fresh-looking skin.
Smoothies are a great way to pack in plenty of nutrients quickly, which is why we’ve put together a compilation of our favourite vegan beverages that are guaranteed to give you glowing skin.
This green smoothie from 125 Best Juices is an example of a really healthy drink. It is packed with spinach, which has plenty of vitamin C and helps to produce collagen, while its protein produces new skin tissues.
Spinach is a good source of iron, helping to transport oxygen around the body, giving you a fresh, healthy glow.
The smoothie also contains cucumber, which is moisturising, and banana, which is full of potassium. This keeps skin hydrated, as well as helps to fade age spots and iron out wrinkles.
Glowing skin smoothie
The glowing skin smoothie from Simple Vegan Blog contains just five ingredients – water, flaxseeds, bananas, frozen raspberries, and dates – but it does wonders for your skin.
This is because flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acid, which helps to reduce inflammation, irritation, and dermatitis. It keeps the skin looking plump and hydrated.
As well as potassium, bananas are rich in vitamin C and B6, boosting the skin’s elasticity. It also slows down premature ageing thanks to its antioxidants and manganese.
Raspberries happen to contain antioxidants as well, in addition to anthocyanins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, all of which are great for reducing flare-ups and giving a youthful glow.
Mango banana smoothie
For a tropical twist, why not try making a mango banana smoothie? In addition to mango and banana, it contains nut or seed butter, plant milk, chia or flaxseeds, cardamon, turmeric, ginger and either maple syrup or a date.
All you have to do is throw everything in a blender and mix together until smooth.
Chia seeds are a superfood, containing protein, vitamins E, B1, B2 and B3, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, they are marvellous at reducing scarring, calming down irritation and redness, hydrating the skin and giving it a fresh glow.
When it comes to mango, you can’t get better for the skin. High in vitamin C, it helps to produce collagen, and its antioxidants delay signs of ageing and reduce sun damage.
The cardamom is anti-inflammatory so calms down irritated skin; turmeric brightens dull skin, reduces dark circles, and lightens hyperpigmentation; while ginger has natural oils called gingerols, which soothe inflammation.
If you use authentic maple syrup, this can get rid of any unwanted blemishes. It also hydrates the skin, reduces redness, and soothes irritation.
Irish sea moss and almond smoothie
For an alternative beverage, make Irish sea moss and almond smoothie. This comprises Irish sea moss gel, almond butter, figs, banana, and non-dairy milk.
Many people may not have heard of Irish sea moss, but it is a type of seaweed packed with minerals, including zinc, iodine, and magnesium, which are all great for the skin. Almonds also protect the skin from sun damage, while figs contain collagen-friendly vitamin C, as well as vitamin A for cell rejuvenation.