Glow Skin Glow Smoothie: Detox recipe 16 of 21May 8, 2012
Welcome to 21 Days of Detoxing with clean, whole, real food – boy do I have some good stuff in store for you! From now until May 13th you can find a new recipe here each day. You can wait until the next time I run this program live, or get yourself the DIY version available here.
Ever get a facial? Here’s my question: Why is it ok for an esthetician to squeeze the heck out of my pores but a no-no for me to do it myself?
I just don’t get it.
Anyway, I’ve had a few facials in my life and they usually go like this:
Me: I have oily skin
Esthetician: Actually your skin is quite dry
Me: But it’s always oily
Esthetician: It needs to be moisturized. Hydrated. Your skin is really dry.
Me: But then won’t it be too oily?
I guess the thing is, my skin was always chronically under-hydrated, which made it produce more oil. But since I was a teen I’ve been drying out my skin on purpose! Oh, the acne! Oh the Clearasil!
Finally I tried this whole moisturizer thing and it made a world of difference. In fact, the more I moisturized, the less oily my face was, the fewer breakouts I had. Counterintuitive, but it worked. And even more so since I left behind the alcohol-based toners and moisturizer filled with god-knows-what. I’ve been using Annmarie Gianni’s gentle cleanser, toner and facial oil with amazing results. My skin is soft and much more smooth, many fewer lines and breakouts. (Make sure you enter to win a bottle of Annmarie’s Aloe-Herb cleanser, won’t you?)
But besides what you put on your face, you know how else you can get your skin beautifully hydrated and glowing? Yep, you guessed it. It’s all in the food you eat, the water you drink.
Here’s another gorgeous recipe from Jennifer at healthcoachandcook.com – give it a whirl!
Glow Skin Glow Smoothie
1 pink grapefruit, peeled
5 romaine lettuce leaves
1/2 cucumber peeled
1/4 cup mint leaves (loosely packed)
optional: 1/2 banana (for additional sweetness)
8-12 ounces water, depending on desired consistency
Add ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. Serve in a wine glass, jar or fun cup with a straw.