The Clear Skin Smoothie for Acne, Eczema and Anti-Aging
This 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.
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.
Another 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.
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.
- 1 small or half a large avocado.
- 2 kiwifruit.
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil.
- 1 small cucumber or half a large one.
- 2 branches of parsley.
- 1 medium organic carrot.
- 1 tablespoon of fresh ground flaxseed.
- 1 teaspoon of organic amla powder.
- Almond or hemp milk, coconut water, kefir or unflavored bio live yogurt of your choice to halfway up your blender jug.
- Optional stevia for sweetness.
How to Make a Smoothie Treatment for Better Skin
- 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.
- 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.
- Throw in your ground flaxseed or flax oil, amla powder and virgin coconut oil.
- Scoop out the kiwifruit and avocado and add them to the blender.
- 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).
- 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.