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3 Superfood Smoothies for Your Skin

3 Superfood Smoothies for Your Skin

Navigating the world of commercial skincare products can be a challenge, as the list of potentially harmful chemicals continues to get longer.

That’s why many people are turning to their own kitchens for skincare. Here are three recipes made with nutritional powerhouses that also have benefits for your skin.

 

Oatmeal lemon smoothie

I’d argue that oats are a greatly under-appreciated superfood. They’re a good source of manganese and vitamin B1, but it’s their fiber that makes them great for skincare, acting as a gentle exfoliant. Honey and lemon both have antibacterial properties. Together, these ingredients make a delicious cleanser:

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon raw honey

Blend the ingredients together (or stir for a more coarse texture). Massage onto face and neck for at least 30 seconds before rinsing off thoroughly with warm water.


Cucumber banana smoothie

Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them the classic spa solution for reducing puffiness under your eyes. Although many people tout bananas for their hydrating properties, I was unable to find any research showing its benefits for topical application to skin. However, it does act as a useful binder and thickener in this yummy mask that’s good for normal to dry skin:

1/2 cucumber (with skin)
1/2 banana
1 tablespoon raw honey
4 tablespoons lemon juice

Blend the ingredients together until completely smooth. Use your fingers to smooth the paste onto your face, and let it rest for 30 minutes. Wash with warm water.

(Recipe via Beautylish)

Avocado smoothie

This two-ingredient recipe is super simple. Dermatologist Leslie Baumann tells Scientific American that avocados are good for hydrating skin, by providing oils and improving the skin barrier. This recipe makes enough for two faces, so make it with a friend or halve the recipe. You’ll need:

1/2 avocado (eating the other half can benefit your skin too!)
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Blend the ingredients by hand or in a mixer. Rinse your face with warm water, then apply the mixture and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

(Recipe via This Rawsome Vegan Life)

article by Margaret Badore, from Treehugger

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6:38AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Thanks for the great ideas. Look forward to trying them!

10:31AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

Thanks! I'll have to try these :)

4:51AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

good info, ty

1:57AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

4. ant smoothie

10:29PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

thanks

4:53PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Thanks

4:46PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Thanks

3:37AM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

ty

3:07AM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

Thank you for this informative article.

2:30AM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

good informations,thank you

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