Do green smoothies help improve your skin?

There's a kind of magic surrounding green smoothies and a question we get asked about them is, can green smoothies help improve my skin? Well they do contain a lot of nutrients and green smoothies can help out the largest organ in your body, as Sam explains below.

Green smoothies are pretty magical aren’t they.

By blending up greens with other tasty ingredients, you can create an ideal (almost perfect) meal or snack.

But the question for today is, do green smoothies have specific benefits for your skin health and could drinking green smoothies improve your skin?

Let’s have a look at how green smoothies can nourish your skin from the inside out.

Green smoothies help with hydration

When it comes to healthy skin, the simplest way to support it is by staying hydrated.

Water is key for the skin’s health, as your skin cells contain around 30% water when hydrated.

Hydrated skin is more flexible and resilient, allowing your skin to protect you more effectively against pathogens.

But dehydrated skin can be tight, flaky and irritated and it is more prone to wrinkling and even tearing.

It can also be more vulnerable to germs, which could be particularly problematic for those with acne-prone skin.

Because green smoothies are liquid and they combine high-water greens, they’re an easy and tasty way to bump up your water intake and keep you hydrated at the same time.



Green smoothies are full of vitamins and minerals

You probably already knew this green smoothie fact.

But a good green smoothie is like a multivitamin and multi-mineral, only tastier.

What you might not know is that your skin needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to be healthy and happy.

Some of the more vital nutrients for skin health are:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Selenium

And guess where you can find a good many of these nutrients?

That’s right, in your fruit and vegetables!

By using a variety of greens and other ingredients in your smoothies, you’re getting a good dose of skin-loving nutrients.

Green smoothies are a great source of antioxidants

Another important group of nutrients for skin health is antioxidants.

Antioxidants have all sorts of benefits, from supporting heart health to protecting against other illnesses.

But antioxidants can also play an important role in the upkeep of healthy skin.

Antioxidants help to fight the damage caused by free radicals and free radicals are the particles that can damage cells, including your skin cells.

Damage caused by these free radicals is believed to be linked to premature ageing of the skin and may play a role in other skin issues as well.

Different antioxidants have many different effects throughout the body.

That’s why I always recommend eating a rainbow of plant foods – to get the full spectrum of antioxidants and then you can reap all of the benefits.

Getting a dose of greens and potentially other antioxidant-rich foods through a green smoothie is a good starting point to increasing your daily antioxidant intake.

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Green smoothies can incorporate healthy fats

You might think that green smoothies only have green leafy vegetables.

But you can also make green smoothies using one of the healthiest fat sources around – avocado.

Healthy fats are essential for helping to maintain healthy skin.

Good fats aid with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants.

Fats act as a transport for these nutrients to cross from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, where they can travel to the skin.

There is also research that suggests that good fats can also protect against UV-induced premature ageing of the skin.

So even if you’re making a green smoothie with other greens, consider adding a slice or two of avocado for your skin’s sake!

It’s ok to be green

While all of the other people in your workplace are sucking on the strongest coffee they can find, you can now think back to reading this and say to yourself, “It’s ok to be green”.

Making or pre-preparing your green smoothie is going to be ok for your health and also for your skin too.

If you want to start adding green smoothies into your day to help support your skin health, the easiest way is adding Super Greens Smoothie Cubes into your daily routine.

Just head to your freezer, pop three cubes into your blender, add your preferred smoothie liquid, scoop in some avocado and blend.

You’ll have a green, skin friendly green smoothie ready to sip on in no time at all!

 

Author | Samantha Gemmell
Sam is a Nutritionist, Health Writer and Wellness Speaker as well as being an Author for Super Cubes.
She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping people through their journey to health and wellness combining their mindset, nutrition and lifestyle. When she’s not helping people, she enjoys dancing in the rain and cuddling dogs.
Sometimes she does both at the same time.

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Sam is a Nutritionist, Health Writer and Wellness Speaker as well as being an Author for Super Cubes. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping people through their journey to health and wellness combining their mindset, nutrition and lifestyle. When she’s not helping people, she enjoys dancing in the rain and cuddling dogs. Sometimes she does both at the same time.