6 drink recipes for a glowing complexion

young woman's face with drink

Practicing a normal skin care regimen every day isn’t the only way to keep your face blemish-free. Eating and drinking a well-balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and antioxidants benefits a glowing complexion, too. If you think that means you have to start eating a salad every day for lunch, don’t worry – that’s definitely not the case. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can consume a large amount nutrients from fruits and vegetables, but if you’re looking for a simple and convenient way, you may want to consider juicing. Mind Body Green said juicing is one of the most powerful health habits you can develop, as it can flush out toxins in your body all while developing an all-natural glow in your skin.

Does your complexion seem a bit duller than normal? If the answer is yes, don’t stress – here are six healthy drink recipes that can rejuvenate your skin:

1. Green Juice
Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas shared this complexion-boosting recipe with Everyday Health, that hydrates the skin and supports lymphatic drainage, which ultimately reduces puffiness in your complexion!

The ingredients:

  • 1 apple – whichever type you desire
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 beet
  • 1/2 handful of kale
  • Lemon and ginger to taste.
Feed your complexion with the nutrients it needs to glow.Feed your complexion with the nutrients it needs to glow.

2. Pretty Potion
This recipe that Dr. Joy Bauer shared with the source is chock full of nutrients that encourage a glowing complexion.

“Carrots supply skin-protecting beta-carotene; beets are packed with antioxidants; lemon juice provides wrinkle-fighting vitamin C; and ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory that will reduce puffiness,” she said. “Get ready for your close-up!”

The ingredients:

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 1/2 small beets – boiled, roasted or canned works fine
  • 1 Gala apple, cored with peel left on
  • 1 cut strip of fresh ginger.

3. Pumpkin Smoothie
Don’t let the change in season keep you from indulging in the fruit of fall – this pumpkin smoothie recipe from Prevention magazine is packed with skin-loving essentials. Dr. Rob Danoff told the source that pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, which converts into the vitamin A precursor. When retinol combines with fat molecules, it forms vitamin A – a nutrient that supports skin growth and development.

The ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree – frozen makes for a better smoothie consistency
  • 7 ounces of Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

4. Mango Vanilla Smoothie
Mango is another beta-carotene loaded goodie, packing 2mg in each cup of the fruit. And, according to the source, that’s 2,000 times the amount that’s recommended for adults every day, so your skin is bound to shine.

The ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mango, cubed
  • 1/4 cup avocado, ripe and mashed
  • 1/2 cup mango juice
  • 1/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 ice cubes.
Grab a friend and make her a smoothie too, she'll adore the skin benefits.Grab a friend and make her a smoothie too, she’ll adore the skin benefits.

5. Coconut Water Smoothie
What better way to welcome warmer weather than with a smoothie that tastes like tropical goodness? This coconut water smoothie, courtesy of lifestyle blog Hello Glow, is loaded with skin-benefiting vitamins from the carrots and the mangoes, but the strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help boost the collagen supply in your skin.

The ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup mango chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 1 navel orange, peeled.

“Berries are an excellent source of antioxidants.”

6. Berry Smoothie
Healthy, glowing skin is totally achievable if you start drinking this berry smoothie from food blog As Easy As Apple Pie. The berries are an excellent source of antioxidants that protect your skin and keep it looking younger. They also boost collagen production, making your skin soft and supple. The flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce irritation, redness and inflammation in the skin. Talk about an all-around skin-perfecting beverage!

The ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup kale
  • 1 serving Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup water.

If the juices aren’t enough
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