Your diet impacts upon your skin’s health, therefore what you eat will affect your acne. When treating acne it’s essential to ensure you're nourishing and filling your body with wholesome and balanced quality food.
I struggle with cooking; as much as I want to eat clean and nutritionally beneficial food, I’m simply dumbfounded each time I walk into the supermarket. I see lots of ingredients, and no way to combine them. Hence my café love affair.
I know I’m not alone. Not everyone likes cooking, but we all love blending!
I’ve detailed below a great dairy-free, vegan clear skin smoothie recipe that incorporates Skin B5 tablets. I love smoothies as they’re flexible; you can adjust the ingredients to your taste and what’s in your cupboard. Treat these as a guide- many of the ingredients (such as chia and spirulina) you can buy once and will have at-hand for months!
Clear Skin Smoothie
1 cup of coconut water1 tablespoon of chia seeds1 tablespoon of spirulina powderA cup of freshly cut fruit- bananas, kiwi fruit, strawberries, etc1 piece of ginger ½ cup of chopped fresh kale Ground Skin B5 tablets or capletsA handful of ice
1 cup of almond milk2 spoons of raw chocolate (cacao)1 tablespoon of chia seeds1 banana ½ cup of chopped fresh kale Ground Skin B5 tablets or capletsA handful of ice
Depending on your preference, you could use coconut water and fruits for a light taste, or almond milk and cacao if you’d rather a creamier chocolate smoothie. You can even add honey, or organic peanut butter to taste!
Why have we chosen these ingredients?
Coconut water: it’s naturally sweet, has less sugar than a fruit juice, is packed full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, but most excitingly is a great hydrator! If you’re having this smoothie after a workout, the hydrating effect of the coconut water will be great!
Chia seeds: high in Omega 3, more so than salmon! They’re also a great source of protein, are low in calories, high in fibre and are full of nutrients.
Spirulina is, as tasty as it sounds, algae. Yep! It’s a protein filled (65%) wonder and is a great source of antioxidants, Vitamins B, and other nutrients. It is also high in Omega 3.
What’s so great about Omega 3? Omega 3 acids, more specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), are great for your skin as they help regulate oil production, while keeping your skin hydrated (avoiding dry skin!). They can also help protect from sun damage.
Raw chocolate(cacao) is a popular flavouring (who doesn’t love chocolate?), it is a great mixer in green smoothies such as this and it’s surprisingly full of beneficial qualities for you skin. Cacao has antioxidants to block free radicals, magnesium and vitamin C, Omega 6 fatty acids, raw enzymes for cell rejuvenation and cacao can improves skin hydration and blood flow.
Kale is the darling of the foodie world and is hard to miss at any popular café. It is a popular detoxifier and is home to Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, iron and fibre.
Does this recipe look like something you'd try?
I'm confident that if I'm able to make this, it's something you will be more than capable of! Let me know how you went, and please share alternative recipes you try at home!
Who is Nick Bell?
A mid-twenties Melburnian cliche, the bearded student suffers wanderlust, a soft spot of his city's cafe culture and a love of cycling. He writes from experience, having suffered acne himself throughout both high school and university, and it's something he still battles today. Nick also writes a personal blog http://nicholasbell.co/2015/07/26/when-skin-care-makes-the-problem-worse/where he is documenting his journey for clear skin with SkinB5, having previously given up after years of ineffective products and medications.