You’ve probably heard that applying aloe vera topically can help soothe itchy or irritated skin. However, the clear, firm, gel-like substance can be found inside the aloe vera plant’s large and spiky green leaves can also be added to smoothies. This gel is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which all help support your skin and help reduce inflammation.Blueberries are a source of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are what give them their unique blue colour. This antioxidant helps defend your skin from free radicals which cause oxidative stress, which can cause ageing and damage to the skin. Also, blueberries are packed with vitamin C which helps produce collagen.1
Kale is a nutritionist’s favourite due to its high concentration of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory nutrients and vitamins. Kale contains vitamin A, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids, which are all wonderful for your skin, as well as copper which helps boost melanin- the pigment that gives skin a glow.
- 1 aloe vera stem, with the green skin removed
- 4 heaped tbsp blueberries
- 4 heaped tbsp kale (equivalent to a big handful)
- ½ a frozen banana
- Squeeze of fresh lemon/lime juice
Blitz ingredients in a blender or food processor until the mixture is completely smooth. Add water until it’s a liquid consistency.
You could also add a few ice cubes to make the smoothie icy-cold and ready to drink or add a splash of coconut water before blending for extra sweetness.
Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please consult a doctor or healthcare professional before trying any remedies.Shop our Food and Drink range. Sources
- [Online] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579659/.