There’s no reason why you can’t have your summer glow during the winter months. Here’s something you might not realize, however. Yes, you need to moisturize more often when the weather’s colder, but moisturizer isn’t going to make a difference by itself. You need to address winter skin from the inside. Eagle’s Landing OB/GYN agrees with Prevention magazine. Winter smoothies help you maintain radiant skin. Here are some recipes from Prevention.
Ditch the Pumpkin Spice Latte
If your favorite winter drink is a pumpkin spice latte from a certain coffeehouse it’s time to ditch it for another pumpkin drink. That latte that you enjoy is filled with caffeine, sugar, and all sorts of other bad things for your skin. A pumpkin spice latte dehydrates your skin and causes it to lose its radiance, whereas a pumpkin spice smoothie is packed with powerful nutrients to give your skin that radiant glow you desire.
Blend 1/2 cup pumpkin, 7 ounces of plain Greek-style yogurt, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 of an avocado, 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed, and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. You can freeze the pumpkin in an ice cube tray prior to blending it if you want a cold smoothie or warm the smoothie if it’s frigid outside. Unlike the latte, this smoothie is packed with beta and alpha-carotene and vitamin A, which are crucial nutrients for healthy skin.
Carrot Cake Smoothie
Another power-packed smoothie that will make your skin glow during the winter is a carrot cake smoothie. This not only satisfies your skin’s need for nutrients it also satisfies your sweet tooth in a much healthier way than the real thing. You know that carrots are good for your eyes, but they’re also filled with beta and alpha-carotene like pumpkin is and they are excellent for your skin. You might crave carrot cake, but your skin craves carrot cake smoothies.
To make this yummy skin booster, blend 1/2 cup carrot juice (unsweetened), 1 scoop of whey protein powder (vanilla is best), 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ, 1 tablespoon softened cream cheese, 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 grams glucomannan, and ice if you want the smoothie frosty. You’ll be surprised how much this tastes like carrot cake, and it is packed with protein to keep your skin and the rest of you healthy and happy.
Eagle’s Landing OB/GYN in Stockbridge, GA, thanks Prevention magazine for these recipes. Healthy, radiant winter skin goes beyond moisturizer. You need to nourish your skin from the inside, too. For additional winter skin tips, please call us at 770-474-1919.