Best Smoothie Ingredients for Glowing Skin

We’ve said it before, but smoothies are one of the fastest and most convenient ways to supplement your diet. As well as providing a quick and tasty snack, they’re also a great way of helping up your intake of dietary essentials, which may be otherwise hard to achieve. This week, we’re focusing on the best ingredients to get healthy, glowing skin. Here are three of the most important and our favourite smoothie recipes to try.

Why are antioxidants good for glowing skin?

A dietary essential for so many reasons, antioxidants help skin to repair itself by neutralising free radicals.  As well as destroying structural skin proteins like collagen and elastin which are responsible for suppleness, free radicals cause excess inflammation which inhibits skin’s natural renewal process. In short, ensuring your diet is rich in antioxidants will not only help you get glowing skin by stimulating collagen supply and stopping free radicals in their tracks, but it’ll also help make a difference to existing damage caused by oxidative stress. Berries, green tea and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are all great sources but for an easy way to boost your intake, Workshop’s Essential Greens is ideal. It’s Loaded with ingredients like spirulina and spinach, which are abundant in all the antioxidants you need to protect and repair the body against damaging free radicals and help nourish every system in the body.

Best antioxidant-rich smoothie: The Daily Elixir

Combine all the ingredients, blend and serve.

Why is protein good for glowing skin?

Considering protein is one of the key building blocks of skin tissue, it’s no wonder that it helps contribute to healthy, glowing skin. If you can, animal sources offer the best most complete amino acid profile that our bodies can’t produce alone, but if you’re vegan or vegetarian, then plant-based sources are still a great option. To make sure you ­and your skin are getting all you need, try to combine different sources of plant protein such as chia seeds, tofu and quinoa. For a great skin-friendly boost to your morning smoothie, try adding a scoop of Workshop’s Organic Vanilla Pea Protein Formula.

Best protein-rich smoothie: The Signature Workshop Shake

Combine all the ingredients, blend and serve.

Why are fats good for glowing skin?

Eating enough of the right kind of fat can plump, hydrate and smooth your skin by strengthening the skin cell membranes, which help to keep it supple, elastic and youthful-looking. Essential fatty acids, also known as omega-3 and 6 are a crucial part of the skin’s lipid matrix on the outer layer of skin and help form your skin’s structure and function as well as reduce inflammation that can cause skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne. Because the body is unable to manufacture EFAs, they must come from your diet so it’s crucial that you ensure you get enough. Fatty fish like sardines, salmon and mackerel are some of the best sources of EFAs but avocado, flax seeds and nuts ­– all of which can be added to your daily smoothie – are also great sources.

Best fat-rich smoothie: The Glow Smoothie

Combine all the ingredients, blend and serve.