Even the use of makeup has limitations. As much as we want to cover up our imperfections with the use of these aesthetic products, it’s not always 100% effective. A glowing skin that’s from within can’t be substituted by your extravagant skin care routine and expensive highlighters. All you need is a dose of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables–in smoothie form, of course. Studies show that women who took a daily dose of 15mg of beta-carotene supplements had a golden glow to their skin. But before you start hoarding and popping supplements, a better and cheaper option is to max out your intake of fruits and vegetables rich in those vitamins. The good thing about vegetables and fruits is that you don’t have to force yourself to eat it plainly. There are a lot of smoothie recipes for a glowing skin that can be tailored to being palatable and suitable to your taste.
Here is a list of smoothie recipes for glowing skin:
Power Pumpkin Smoothie
½ c canned pure pumpkin, frozen in ice cube tray
7 oz or 2% Greek-style yogurt
½ c water
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
½ Tsp pumpkin spice pie
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Ginger Cantaloupe Smoothie
20 ice cubes
2 c cubed cantaloupe (about ½ melon)
6 oz low-fat plain yogurt
3 Tbsp sugar
½ Tsp grated fresh ginger
Combine ice cubes, cantaloupe, yogurt, sugar, and ginger in blender and puree until smooth.
Apricot Delight Smoothie
12 pitted canned apricot halves (packed in juice), drained
1 c skim milk
⅔ c nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt
⅛ Tsp almond extract
Combine apricots, milk, frozen yogurt and almond extract in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
Carrot Spinach Blend Smoothie
½ c orange juice
½ c low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 c frozen loose-pack mixed berries
1 c fresh spinach leaves
½ frozen banana, sliced
6 baby carrots
Combine orange juice and yogurt in a blender. Add the berries, spinach, banana, and carrots. Pulse until smooth.
Fruits and vegetables that are mainly high in the yellow-orange pigments are packed with carotenoids. The body converts the nutrient beta-carotene into active Vitamin A or the famous retinol that can give you healthy eyes, organ and skin. Although there isn’t a recommended amount of Vitamin A that should be consumed as beta-carotene, eating ample amounts of beta-carotene rich foods have showed improvements with regards to the golden glow of the skin. It also reduces wrinkles and other signs of visible aging. If you want that glowing skin from within without spending over supplements, the smoothie recipes above will naturally give you that golden youthful glow.