refreshing skin smoothies

5 Smoothies that beat the heat — and wrinkles, too!

Cold, refreshing, packed with anti-aging nutrients, and so cheap to make at home — can we love these delicious smoothies any more? Sit back, sip, and enjoy.

You Glow Mango Smoothie

Mango is rich in carotenoids, antioidants that help neutralize all the damaging compounds from sun exposure and pollution. Avocado is the healthiest way to get omega 3 fatty acids, which helps your skin stay moist and hydrated. Bonus: with all the Vitamin C in this shake, you’re less likely to pick up a cold!

¼ c mango cubes
¼ c mashed ripe avocado
½ c mango juice
¼ c fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp sugar
6 ice cubes

Make Merry Berry Smoothie

Work hard, play hard, then detox with this powerful blend of antioxidants. The frozen berries help hide the taste of veggies, and cleanse your liver of the traces of last weekend’s margaritas. You’ll feel lighter, and your skin will look healthier too — toxins can contribute to dullness and dryness, and worsen acne and other skin problems.

1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup frozen banana
1/4 cup chopped kale leaves
1 cup filtered water

Breakout Buster Smoothie

The vitamin K in the spinach helps improve your complexion — and don’t worry, you’ll barely taste it with the sweet goodness of avocado (which hellps moisturize the skin after a drying anti-acne regimen) and antioxidant-rich blueberries. Spirulina powder, which evens out the skin tone, can help prevent those acne scars. And any smoothie benefits from unsweetened coconut water, which is incredibly hydrating.

1 cup unsweetened coconut water
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Handful of spinach leaves
1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder

Aftersun Smoothie

After a day at the beach or an invigorating run, treat yourself (and your skin!) to this delicious drink. The ingredients help counter all the effects of sun exposure: flaxseed reduces redness and inflammation, almonds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which restore radiance, and bananas help restore your electrolyte balance after water loss.

1 medium to large frozen banana, chopped
1 spoonful of almond or peanut butter
2 spoonfuls of flaxseed
1/2 cup almond milk or yogurt or milk
Drop of almond extract

Dieter’s Smoothie

Crash diets will deprive your skin of vitamins! Here’s a healthier way to lose weight: the author of the Healthy Skin Diet shares this papaya smoothie recipe, which can help you feel full and give you all the nutrients you need. You lose the pounds, not the glow!

1⁄2 cup pure apple juice (sugar- and preservative-free)
1⁄2 cup water
1 cup chopped papaya
1 frozen banana
1⁄2 lime, juiced (about 4 tsp/20 mL)
1⁄4 tsp grated gingerroot (optional)
1 tbsp each ground flax seeds or flaxseed oil and lecithin granules (GMO-free soy)