As the long winter seems to have found an end and spring has decided to stay, I found myself binging on the warm weather and sunshine. While my body and my mood were incredibly grateful for the healthy dose of Vitamin D, my skin was not so appreciative.
Perhaps many of you are suffering from the same red skin as I am. Sunburn - one of the downfalls of binging on this beautiful weather we had this weekend. We’re all familiar with the aloe vera rub down, but what else can we do for sunburn?
My thoughts immediately go to food. When it comes to our skin, we often neglect the power food has on it but our skin grows from the inside out, not the outside in. If we want our bodies to heal quickly, we need to make sure it’s getting all the proper tools (or nutrients) it needs.
So I whipped up this smoothie to give my body and skin a little boost. It’s full of Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Beta carotene from the almond milk, chia seeds, and carrot. These all help to give our skin that healthy glow and they fight off more serious skin damage. They can also help to prevent sunburn, but if you’re like me, we’re passed that at this point. The real stars of this smoothie are green tea and the lycopene found in mangos. Both of these will help to eliminate the inflammation in the skin caused by the UV rays.
Oh and this is so yummy! Give it a try!
½ cup almond milk
½ cup Green tea, steeped and cooled
½ cup fresh or frozen mango
1 heaping tablespoon Chia seeds
1 small, peeled Carrot
½ cup ice (more if you used fresh mango)
Bonus Ingredient: Aloe Vera. Not only is this anti-inflammatory on the skin but when we eat it too.
Combine all ingredients in a high grade blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!