The Clear Skin Smoothie for Acne, Eczema and Anti-Aging

Smoothie-for-better-skinThis smoothie for better skin is designed to provide plenty of the nutrition your skin needs to look its best. The recipe is full to bursting with antioxidants, healthy fats and specific nutrients to help prevent and treat acne, eczema and other forms of skin inflammation.

Used regularly it may even help slow down the signs of skin aging caused by collagen breakdown, poor moisture balance and free radical damage to your skin cells.

If you don’t have all the ingredients listed here the first time you make it don’t worry. The more you add the more powerful the smoothie will be but even a few of these foods blended together can make for an effective skin treatment.

Why This Smoothie is so Good for Your Skin


Avocado is the richest fruit source of moisturizing monounsaturated fatty acids and including avocados in your diet regularly can do wonders for your skin’s appearance. The omega-9 fats in avocado help balance and maintain proper moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin, keeping it soft and subtle. Oleic acid in particular is involved in reducing facial redness and irritation and regenerating skin cells that have been damaged.

If you are experiencing skin problems like acne, rough and dry skin or eczema, try getting more avocados into your diet. They are particularly great in smoothies as the fruits unique texture blended up turns this clear skin smoothie into the consistency of a dessert mousse. You can read more about the skin benefits of avocados here.


Kiwifruit is very rich in antioxidant vitamin C that also promotes collagen production. Collagen is the ‘glue’ that holds your skin cells together and when there’s not enough of it being produced skin starts to lose its firmness and tone and fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear.

Kiwis taste great, either on their own or in smoothies like this and are a delicious way to get your daily vitamin C. A good dietary intake of vitamin C is also associated with reduced inflammatory acne lesions and faster healing of acne scars.

Coconut Oil

Extra virgin coconut oil provides extremely healthy medium chain fatty acids like capric and lauric acid and many people find it beneficial for skin complaints like eczema and dry, flaky skin. A good extra-virgin coconut oil, like this bestseller I use, is not only great for smoothie recipes but is also a much healthier cooking oil than inflammatory processed vegetable oils that have been linked to acne problems.


Extremely hydrating, cooling and alkalizing to your body, cucumber is a wonderful vegetable for beautiful skin. The anti-inflammatory phytonutrients found abundantly in cucumber are particularly good for flushed or reddened skin and it is often recommended for acne problems.

Cucumber is also very high in silica, often called the beauty mineral for its positive effects on your skin’s appearance. Eating more cucumbers is also highly recommended, though if you don’t like the taste they are barely noticeable in a smoothie like this.


Clear-skin-treatmentAnother powerful liver detoxifier, parsley is also excellent for kidney health and contains many nutrients for better skin. Just a small amount of parsley is a good source of vitamin K, trace minerals like zinc, copper and manganese and antibacterial and antifungal volatile oils.

This herb is far too nutritious to be a garnish and brings a lot of health benefits when eaten regularly. Crushed up parsley can even be made into an effective external facial treatment for acne, dark spots and discolored skin. It also works wonders for dark circles under the eyes.


Not just for your eyes, carrots contain very high levels of antioxidant carotenoids that protect your skin cells from free radical damage that leads to skin aging.

The nutrition found in carrots is also beneficial to your liver, the main organ of detoxification. An overworked liver tends to recruit the skin into helping get rid of toxins within your body. Including liver healthy vegetables like carrots in your diet regularly can make a big difference to the appearance of your skin.

Ground Flaxseed

Flaxseed is the richest source of omega-3 linolenic acid for reduced skin inflammation and better moisture balance. Fresh ground flaxseed also adds a satisfying nutty flavor to your smoothies and is an excellent skin food ingredient for many recipes.

Flaxseed oil can also be used if you prefer with just a teaspoon needed due to its concentration. There’s more about the many benefits of flax and its omega-3 fatty acids here.


Ayurvedic amla, also called Indian gooseberry, is one of the most potent antioxidant superfoods available and contains a broad range of flavonoids and other polyphenols for better health. Specifically for your skin, this study showed amla provided significant protection against free radical damage from the UVB radiation in sunlight that breaks down skin’s connective collagen and leads to wrinkles and sagging skin.

Whilst being an effective detoxifier and free radical quencher internally, amla may be even more effective as an external facial treatment for skin complaints. These amla face mask recipes for better skin use the same amla powder that you add to the smoothie, making it a very versatile skin superfood.

This organic amla powder is the best I’ve found to use in my smoothies and skin masks and lasts for many months even with regular use.

Almond Milk or Hemp Milk

High quality almond milk or hemp milk would be great in this smoothie as both contain beneficial skin nutrients. If you don’t have them then either coconut milk mixed with water, coconut water, probiotic kefir or real bio-live yogurt is recommended.

Ingredients List

How to Make a Smoothie Treatment for Better Skin

  1. If they’re not organic then soak the parsley and cucumber in a bowl of hot water with a small amount of apple cider vinegar. Shake off the parsley, cut up the stalks and throw it in the blender.
  2. Scrub the cucumber and carrots and chop them up into a size your blender can handle. Good blenders, like this hemisphere model I use in my kitchen, can blend up even hard root vegetables like carrot and make it easy to get more healthy veggies into your diet. They are a great long-term investment in your health and deserved pride of place in your kitchen.
  3. Throw in your ground flaxseed or flax oil, amla powder and virgin coconut oil.
  4. Scoop out the kiwifruit and avocado and add them to the blender.
  5. Top up the blender to about half way up the jug with your ‘milk’ of choice, add a few drops of a good stevia like this if you like it a bit sweeter without destructive sugar (strongly linked to inflammation throughout the body, including in the skin).
  6. Blend it all up on high until everything is smooth, pour yourself a glass and sit back and enjoy.

When to Have This Clear Skin Smoothie

Ideally drink this smoothie treatment for better skin right away for the best taste and most nutrients. There is quite a lot of it though so one good option I sometimes use is to freeze half of it straight after making it.

This way you could have half during the day and then the remaining half in the evening as a very skin healthy frozen dessert. The avocado and coconut oil content makes it quite easy to scoop out of a cup, even after freezing.

I hope you’ll give this smoothie recipe for better skin a try. It takes a few weeks for new skin cells to really show through but I’ve personally noticed a real difference since making up this smoothie regularly and would be interested to hear how it goes for you, particularly for acne, eczema and other skin complaints.

There’s many other healthy smoothie recipes to treat different conditions or improve your health and energy levels here.

Photos credits: I Believe I Can Fry

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john paiul

nice nd good .. l love it

Shelley Lane

I look forward to getting your news-letters and tips Jim….thank-you.

I read your tips on Triphala and decided to give it a go, so I ordered 400 x 500mg on ebay and have been taking four a day now for a couple of weeks, I don’t know whether I have any benefits from it except that I haven’t had the severe reflux I suffer from on occasion to the extent that my throat burns that badly I have difficulty in breathing until it eases off ( I now know what it must feel like to take arsenic poisoning). I will keep going with the Triphala keeping in mind to take a two week break at the end of three months.

My regards to you
Shelley 🙂

    Jim Dillan

    Thanks for your positive comments Shelly. Often it takes a while to see the full benefit of improving your digestive system but I hope the triphala can help with this.

    All the best,


Casey S.

Hi there,
So I saw this smoothie recipe and I’m going to start using it. I have recently started some drastic life changes and I’m trying to live healthier altogether and my lifestyle changes have started rubbing off on my 6 year old son. When I saw this recipe I was ecstatic seeing as I’m coming up on 30 but I have a question. My son, as mentioned before, is 6 years old and has eczema and I was wondering if it would be okay for him to drink this smoothie as well? I saw that it was good for eczema I just wasn’t sure if it would still be okay seeing as he is so young. Also do you recommend any other smoothies or vitamins that would be good for him? He takes his daily gummy vitamin but I constantly worry about him getting all his vitamins and nutrients because when he is with his father for half of the week all he gets to eat is pizza, pizza rolls, fast food, and take out. I’ve tried speaking to him about these things but what I say doesn’t matter to him so I was wondering if there’s anything extra that I can do for him while he’s with me. He grows incredibly fast. I know all kids do but he is more than a head taller that all the kids in his grade. I’m 5’4″ and he stands up to midchest on me already so when I say that I consistently worry about his health that’s the understatment of the century. LoL! Hope to hear from you soon and thank you for your time!

A worried mama,

    Jim Dillan

    Hi Casey,

    Everything in the smoothie would be fine for children and good for treating skin complaints like eczema.

    For nutrition smoothies are great for children as they taste so good yet are easy to fill with superfoods. For weight loss you could use a smoothie like this as a meal replacement as it’s very filling. The biggest key though is reducing sugary soda/juice and processed grain foods like bread and pasta.

    All the best,



Thanks a lot for this smoothie recipe. I am currently taking a smoothie of avocado, kiwi, amla, parsley, mint leaves, spinach and 1/8th lemon with skin since last 15 days. And to tell you, I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin tone. Now I will add cucumber and carrot and virgin coconut oil too.

Wanted to know if this smoothie will help for hair regrowth also.

I am facing a lot of hair fall nowadays. Please send me your tips.



I will definitely try this for my vitiligo


This is a brilliant recipe Jim. I also love the idea of freezing and using it for dessert. Thats a great idea. Im going to try it out tonight and give some to my toddler 😀


Hello Jim, I want to tell u that I am suffering from lichen planus pigmentosus since three years it was diagnosed through skin biopsy six months before I have hyperpigmentation on my face and neck and I have tried all the treatments available please can u guide me what should I do please suggest me so that my confidence level grow as I don’t go at family get together as everybody ask me what happens to your face please guide me I shall be very thankful to you

Aisha B Umar

Hi Jim, I would like to know about super food that have higher healing properties and protein contained. I’m suffering from leg ulcers for 5yrs which is quiet difficult to heal without proper dietary intake and full blood supply to the ulcers. Please help me through this problem. Thank you.


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