You Are What You Think, And Eat, And Do About It

Although these recipes sound delicious as additions in a Shaklee 180 Energizing Smoothee, I thought it would be fun to share some options for smoothies as external skin care also. Do something a little different this week, mix it up! Get healthy from the inside out, inspire a new attitude about yourself from the inside out too! From “3 Superfood Smoothies for Your Skin” “Oatmeal lemon smoothie I’d argue that oats are a greatly under-appreciated superfood. They’re a good source of manganese and vitamin B1, but it’s their fiber that makes them great for skincare, acting as a gentle exfoliant. Honey and lemon both have antibacterial properties. Together, these ingredients make a delicious cleanser: 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 tablespoon raw honey Blend the ingredients together (or stir for a more coarse texture). Massage onto face and neck for at least 30 seconds before rinsing off thoroughly with warm water. Cucumber banana smoothie Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them the classic spa solution for reducing puffiness under your eyes. Although many people tout bananas for their hydrating properties, I was unable to find any research showing its benefits for topical application to skin. However, it does act as a useful binder and thickener in this yummy mask that’s good for normal to dry skin: 1/2 cucumber (with skin) 1/2 banana 1 tablespoon raw honey 4 tablespoons lemon juice Blend the ingredients together until completely smooth. Use your fingers to smooth the paste onto your face, and let it rest for 30 minutes. Wash with warm water. (Recipe via Beautylish) Avocado smoothie This two-ingredient recipe is super simple. Dermatologist Leslie Baumann tells Scientific American that avocados are good for hydrating skin, by providing oils and improving the skin barrier. This recipe makes enough for two faces, so make it with a friend or halve the recipe. You’ll need: 1/2 avocado (eating the other half can benefit your skin too!) 2 tablespoons lemon juice Blend the ingredients by hand or in a mixer. Rinse your face with warm water, then apply the mixture and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. (Recipe via This Rawsome Vegan Life) article by Margaret Badore, from Treehugger”

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