By guest author Kim Lyons
I love the feeling of spring as the days get a bit brighter and lighter and the earth blossoms with color and freshness. Spring is also a time for renewal and unleashing the energy we’ve gathered while hibernating over the winter and the pandemic. And, of course, there’s no better time to get glowing skin so you look and feel your best as we head into the warm summer months. These are my 3 simple tips to give your skin that radiant, confident glow.
Tip 1: Nourish from the Inside Out with My Delicious Glowing Skin SmoothieMakes 2 Servings Ingredients:
- 1 cup coconut water (I like Harmless Harvest)
- 1 cup nut milk (unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1 cup mix of frozen pineapple, raspberries, and kiwi (leave the skin on the kiwi; it’s great roughage)
- 1 cup mixed parsley and spinach
- 1 small cocktail cucumber
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 Tbsp. chia or flaxseed (or a mix of both)
- Coconut water is packed with electrolytes to keep you hydrated and is rich in vitamin C.
- Pineapple has vitamin A to help reduce inflammation, hydrate your skin, and get rid of toxins that damage your skin cells.
- Raspberries are great to keep the skin healthy and rejuvenated with a healthy dose of antioxidants and ellagic acid. They also contain a wonder bonus of fiber.
- Kiwi combines the power of vitamin C, vitamin E, and phytonutrients to stimulate collagen and influence how cells age while fighting the signs of aging skin.
- Parsley contains over 500% of your daily vitamin K in just half a cup. Vitamin K is essential to the skin’s healing process. Vitamin K can also help with dark under-eye circles and is a natural diuretic to help flush the body of toxins.
- Spinach is an excellent source of iron. The body needs iron to transport oxygen efficiently. Spinach is also rich in vitamin K to help diminish dark circles.
- Cucumber contains phytochemicals that help in collagen production and improve skin elasticity.
- Banana is the secret to a creamy smoothie and is loaded with powerful antioxidants, phytochemicals, and vitamin A to restore the skin’s moisture and smooth the rough texture of dry skin.
- Flaxseed and chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and antioxidants, making them a powerful ally in the fight against aging! Omega-3 fatty acids help your skin stay smooth and hydrated. Lignans help reconstruct broken blood vessels and skin cells, and even stimulate collagen synthesis. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals and UV rays.
Tip 2: Get Your Blood Flowing with MovementExercise is so much more than burning calories. It gets your blood flowing to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin. It doesn’t have to be a complicated workout. A brisk walk, bike ride, or your favorite activity will do the trick. Here is one of my favorite moves to get your blood pumping and work your core, glutes, and everything in-between!
- Place your hands on the floor beside your feet and gently step back into a plank position with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Swivel your hips and reach one hand toward the ceiling. Move slowly to maintain balance. Beginner tip: keep your feet extra wide for added balance. Repeat on the other side.
- Maintain a high plank position and squeeze the glute muscle to lift the heel toward the ceiling. Keep the abs engaged–don’t let your bellybutton fall toward the floor. Repeat on the other side.
- Quickly trot the feet back up toward the hands, stand, and stretch both arms to the sky.
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