6 Beauty Smoothies for a More Radiant Complexion

Updated 09/23/16
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A few months back, I stumbled upon a beauty editor's Instagram snap of a slew of fresh fruits and veggies, protein and açai powder, and a blender. She explained that this was the beginning phase of her "beauty smoothie," which she drinks every morning for "better skin." I marveled at the idea of drinking your way to a more beautiful you—it makes perfect sense. Sure, you can apply firming and glow-inducing serums and lotions to help improve your overall complexion (many of which we boast about and are faithful to), but one of the easiest and most holistic ways to better your skin lies in what you eat. For starters, leafy greens, orange and red veggies, berries, and citrus fruits all contain essential vitamins and minerals that detox your skin and help it radiate from the inside-out. Not really a ruffage kind of person? Smoothies are an easy way to ingest a ton of good-for-you ingredients in one fell swoop. As such, we conjured up a bunch of delicious, skin-beautifying concoctions from wellness experts, a celebrity facialist, and even celebrities themselves to help you up your smoothie game.

Miranda Kerr calls this smoothie "alkalizing, nutrient-dense, and high in vitamins and minerals." We'd almost take any smoothie recipe as gospel if it came from the supermodel's lips, but there's an actual backing behind this recipe: the goji berries, chia seeds, and açai powder are packed with antioxidants to rid your skin of free radicals, and the coconut water is super hydrating for an overall glow.

Ingredients:

  • 1 glass cold-pressed coconut milk
  • 1 glass coconut water
  • 1 tbsp. açai powder
  • 1 tbsp. goji berries
  • 1 tbsp. spirulina
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. vegan rice protein powder

Directions:

Blend until smooth. Makes one serving.

Joy McCarthy, holistic nutritionist and founder of Joyous Health says this smoothie is also rich in antioxidants via the raw cacao powder—a must for anti-aging.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Jax Coco Coconut Water ($8)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. maca powder
  • 1 cup nut milk
  • Chocolate chips for garnish

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy-smooth. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

While supermodel Candice Swanepoel drinks this smoothie for a flat stomach, its anti-inflammatory and detoxing properties do wonders for the skin, too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tsp. protein powder
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 1 tsp. spirulina

Directions:

Blend and enjoy.

Holistic wellness expert Nicole Granato swears by her morning smoothies (as well as a good cup of hot water and turmeric). If the health guru's skin is any indication of how well her namesake Detox powder ($80) and smoothie combinations work, we're certain that the concoction is a homerun. 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. almond milk or nut milk of choice
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. Detox powder
  • 1–2 dates (depending on preference)
  • 1 handful of blueberries

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds. If consistency is slightly thick, you may add more almond milk to match your preference.

Joanna Vargas, facialist to stars like Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Julianne Moore, understands the importance of treating the skin from within, too. As a result, the esthetician has developed a number of smoothie recipes to help maintain that post-facial glow long after the appointment is over with.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup romaine
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 handful of parsley 
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1/2 cup of cucumber, chopped
  • 1 apple, cored 
  • 1/2 of an avocado 
  • Ginger to taste 

Directions:

Blend and serve.

Says McCarthy, "Rich in fiber, this smoothie is great for digestion and elimination. Better elimination means more effective waste removal, which improves your skin and helps you glow!" You don't have to tell us twice—plus, this entire blend sounds absolutely divine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Jax Coco coconut water
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • Thumb-size fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup nut milk of your choice

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy-smooth.

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