• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG
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Having a glowing, radiant skin does not only mean slathering the most expensive anti-oxidant cream or sunblock. Paying attention to your diet is another key factor you must take in account. Tossing nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits and other healthy ingredients in your blender to make smoothies can be nourishing to your skin, both in and out.

These ingredients we are sharing to you can give your skin a youthful glow, provide healthy skin tone and even repair damaged skin. Try out these powerhouse ingredients into your smoothies recipes.

Kale for a Youthful Skin Tone

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This recipe is packed with carotenoids thanks to its main ingredient – kale. Consuming carotenoids such as the one present in kale has been found to provide healthy skin color among the participants. Aside from improving skin tone, kale helps protect our tissues from the harmful effects of oxidative stress, which causes premature aging and wrinkles.

Anti-Aging Kale Smoothies

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh kale, chopped
1 cup spinach leaves
1 pc. Orange
1 cup green seedless grapes
1 tsp chia seeds
1 pc. Banana, pealed
1 pc. Pear, seeds removed
2 cups ice
One-half cup water

Procedure:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process on low speed for 20 seconds than increase to medium then to high.

Chia Seeds for Youthful Looking Skin

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This smoothie offers a chock-full of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. It contains chia seeds, tofu and yogurt which are all rich in calcium, protein and iron to support healthy cell membranes, protect the skin from sun damage and reduce inflammation. Chia seed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acid.

Glowing Skin Smoothies

Ingredients
1 pc. Ripe banana
One-fourth cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
One-half cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 pc. Orange, pealed
One-half cup fat-free yogurt
One-half cup Silken tofu, extra firm
1 tsp agave nectar

Procedure:
Combine all the ingredient and process until smooth.

Coconut for Repair of Damaged Skin

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Healthy fats is crucial for healthy skin. Coconut oil contain lauric acid, which is found to have anti-microbial properties. This nourishing oil also contains Vitamin E, which is necessary for healthy skin repair and growth. The saturated fat present in coconut oil is known to protect the skin from the UV damage. This delicious coconut oil smoothie will help bring nourishment to your skin, from the inside out.

Coconut Smoothies

Ingredients:
1 Packet Sustain
4 oz water
One-half banana, cut in chunks
4 oz unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
4 ice cubes
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut

Procedure
Combine all ingredients in the blend and whip until creamy and smooth.

Eating healthy foods has a direct impact on your overall appearance, as the old saying goes ‘you are what you eat’. So, rather than simply washing your wash and applying anti-aging creams, prepare your blended and whip up one of these wrinkle-fighting smoothies recipes that can spruce your skin in no time.