10 glow-boosting smoothie recipes

The best approach to beauty is one that works from inside out, but you already know that. What you might not know is that glow-boosting smoothies aren’t just gold for your Instagram feed aesthetics, but come approved by the world of science too. Indeed, research has found that carotenoid-based smoothies can have demonstrated results for boosting your skin’s glow. Looking to get in on the skincare secrets that no amount of lotions and potions can deliver? Here are the smoothie recipes you’ll want to whip up for tomorrow morning’s breakfast:

1. Fresh fruit smoothie for glowing skin

If you’re looking to flush unhealthy toxins from your body and uncover your skin’s natural luminescence, blueberries ought to be topping your grocery list — even half a cup daily is sufficient to dial back the signs of premature ageing.

Kale, on the other hand, is well-known as a skincare saviour loaded with anti-inflammatory agents that prevent puffiness under the eyes and help your face feel less bloated. Here’s how to bring the benefits of both your AM routine:

Ingredients

2 cups fresh kale

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 small banana

1 cup pomegranate juice (fresh or bottled)

1/2 cup greek yogurt

Chia or flaxseeds (optional)

2. Carrot and coconut water smoothie for post-binge detox

With the festive season upon us, feasting is likely to serve as the main event of any gathering. For those looking to detox their skin after a binge session during the festive season, this smoothie recipe makes for a must-try.

Loaded with carotene, carrots are the science-backed skincare superhero you need in your pantry at all times. By flooding the skin with antioxidants, they help reduce inflammation and dial up the wattage of your skin’s glow. Team its benefits with coconut water that is nature’s favourite health drink, known for its electrolytes that hydrate the skin from within.

Ingredients:

1 cup chilled coconut water

1 cup fresh strawberries

1 cup baby carrots

1 cup fresh mango chunks

1 peeled orange

3. Leafy greens for glowing skin and happy hormones

Hear us out on this one: The vitamin C lurking in green vegetables, such as spinach, is known to boost your skin’s radiance by troubleshooting the damage caused by free radicals. Acai is also known as a helpful agent for the production of hormones that keep your skin and hair healthy and vital at all times.

Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk

2 handfuls of spinach

1 tablespoon of acai powder

½ cup organic carrots

4. Healthy skin juice with carrots and citrus

We already know that carrots come approved by scientific research for increasing your skin’s glow. It is also interesting to know that they play along well with citrus for boosting the production of collagen in the skin and clearing up any leftover redness or inflammation after an acne breakout. Sounds like a win-win, yes?

Ingredients

1.5 oranges

1 large carrot

Juice of ½ key lime

Honey to taste

5. Green orange smoothie for improved skin tone

Not a fan of leafy greens? Toss them into your hand blenders along with delicious citrus fruits, such as oranges, and you won’t even know they are there. The vitamin C packed in oranges helps in correcting any irregularities in the skin tone and texture. Pair that with kale’s vitamin A-packed portfolio that helps shield the sun from the damaging rays of the sun and together, you have the perfect recipe for a glow-enhancing smoothie.

Ingredients

1 cup non-dairy milk

2 frozen oranges

5 leaves of kale

Sweetening agent of choice

6. Banana almond smoothie for hydrated, happy skin

If you’re looking to quell those sweet cravings, a fresh fruit smoothie serves as a healthier alternative to aerated beverages on a hot day. In the bargain, your skin will be fed with hydration and moisturisation from the potassium present in bananas. Almonds bring an extra punch of flavour to the party while also flushing out harmful toxins from your body.

Ingredients

1 large frozen banana

2 spoons flax seeds

½ cup almond milk

Drizzle of honey on top

7. Strawberry kale smoothie for reviving dull, tired skin

If your skin feels like it has lost its lustre, it helps to look to nature’s bounty for a solution. Strawberry is a rich source of vitamin C which your skin loves for its collagen-boosting and glow-enhancing properties. Kale serves as an effective companion and mirrors its skin-loving benefits by bringing antioxidants to the table.

Ingredients

2 cups kale

1 cup frozen strawberries

½ cup almond milk

Honey to taste

8. Berry-licious smoothie for a glow-boosting shot

If berries aren’t playing the headlining role in your skincare diet yet, you’ll want to change that immediately. This two-minute recipe injects a shot of vitamins and minerals to the skin for increasing its radiance. Tossing flaxseeds into the blender will further help add omega-3 fatty acids that smoothen the texture of the skin.

Ingredients

½ cup blueberries

¼ cup raspberries

¼ strawberries

¼ cup kale

2 teaspoons flaxseeds

½ cup water

9. Watermelon aloe smoothie for rehydration

If you’re looking to add a spot of colour to your morning breakfast, we’d like to put forth watermelon for your consideration. As nature’s most abundant source of lycopene, it helps reverse the damage caused by sun exposure. Aloe vera keeps the good work going by minimising the appearance of wrinkles and age spots for smoother, firmer skin texture.

Ingredients

3-4 slices of de-seeded watermelon

¼ cup aloe vera juice

Coconut milk as required

10. Raw broccoli smoothie for glowing skin

Broccoli might not be the word anyone hopes to see on their grocery list, but the payoff for inviting this beta-carotene powerhouse into your smoothie bowl comes in the form of antioxidants that boost the circulation of blood to the skin, thereby triggering an instant and radiant glow from within.

Ingredients

1 cup broccoli

½ cup almond milk

1 frozen banana

6 ice cubes

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