Let’s face it ladies and gents, if you’re closing in on (or currently in) your thirties like me, we have to admit our skin is not once what it used to be. Wrinkles and sun spots are forming (I don’t know about you but I’m really regretting those countless hours spent sunbathing slicked in baby oil….gross) and our elasticity and collagen is beginning to slowly breakdown.
Not cool skin, not cool.
Lucky for us, there’s plenty of things we can do to help us continue to age gracefully such as stocking up on anti-aging face creams, wearing loads of (non-toxic) sunscreen, and the occasional facial or shot of botox.
But time after time, dermatologists say it’s what you’re actually putting into your body (aka eating) that has the biggest impact on what your skin looks like on the outside. In this case we literally are what we eat.
Thus it’s crucial to consume a variety of hydrating healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and trace minerals to ward off wrinkles, repair and promote cell regeneration and ultimately achieve healthy, glowing skin. Which is awesome because while we may not have the money or time to splurge on a chemical peel, most of us have access to foods that contribute to an amazing complexion.
Like the ingredients in this mind blowing Better Than Botox Green Smoothie.
Not only is it one of the YUMMIEST SMOOTHIES YOU’LL EVER DRINK IN YOUR LIFE and super easy to make (with lots of grab n’ go produce you can toss in a blender) but it’s chockfull of powerhouse ingredients that will seriously impact the health of your skin.
ANTI-AGING GREEN SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS + BENEFITS
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you already know that kale is considered a superfood, in part due to its high ratio of beauty-boosting vitamins A, C, and E, all of which have potent anti-aging properties and help promote healthy new cell growth. It also contains beta-carotene which delivers a youthful glow and neutralizes free radicals. #kaleyeah
**If you struggle with certain digestive issues or a thyroid condition like Hashimoto’s, you may want to consider steaming your kale first to optimize nutrient absorption and minimize bloating.
If you’ve spent a lot of time baking in the sun like me, then you’ll benefit from the addition of spinach in this smoothie. This leafy green is full of healthy skin vitamins, including vitamin C, which is needed to make collagen and keep your skin looking smooth and radiant. It also contains folate, which is a powerful nutrient used in DNA repair.
+ Almond Butter
If you’re not getting enough healthy fats in your diet it could be sabotaging your hormones and your face. Without adequate consumption of healthy fats, your skin is unable to retain water and more moisture evaporates from its surface, resulting in dull, dry and flaky skin. By adding almond butter to this smoothie it creates a protective surface around your skin cells and prevents essential water within from escaping. Plus it tastes amazing!
Berries are not only high in antioxidants loaded with anti-aging skin benefits but they’re also naturally low in sugar. Too much sugar in your diet causes skin to become tough and saggy, as well as promotes wrinkles to form prematurely in a process known as glycation.
These bad boys are high in trace minerals like zinc which helps to maintain collagen, promote skin renewal and prevent acne. They’re also loaded with B vitamins and biotin, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair, nails, and skin.
+ Collagen Powder
Unfortunately, collagen production declines with age, which is part of the reason why getting older is associated with more wrinkles and fine lines. Luckily, we now have the option to take collagen orally, which actually stimulates your body to produce more of your own, helping you mitigate aging affects and leading to a glowing, hydrated complexion. I love this brand for it’s neutral, tasteless odor and high quality collagen sourced from pasture-raised cows.
+ Optional Tocos
Tocos, short for tocotrienols, is an adaptogen made from grains of rice that happens to be loaded with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that works to fight off skin-damaging free-radicals. I love adding a scoop of tocos to my smoothie for it’s creamy, vanilla-like taste and skin-nourishing benefits (including a strengthened skin barrier and reduction in UV damage and inflammation).
**This smoothie not only has all of the above ingredients, but adds in bananas and dates for a hint of natural sweetness and more fiber, flaxseeds for more of those wrinkle-fighting fatty acids, almond milk as a creamy, dairy-free base and cinnamon for an additional metabolic boost.
If you’re looking for a natural way to improve the health, collagen and elasticity of your skin from the inside out, this delicious anti-aging green smoothie is a great place to start. As you continue on your healthy skin journey, keep in mind the more real, whole foods you can add into your diet to replenish your body with powerful nutrients, the greater the benefits will be (not just in your skin but in your gut and hormone health to boot)!