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Nutrition Diva's Smoothie Facial

Applying nutrients directly to the skin can keep it healthier. But there's no need for high-priced products. Here's a skin-loving treatment you can whip up in your own kitchen.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,
May 27, 2014

Good nutrition is key to healthy skin. A good diet is key but certain nutrients can also be absorbed directly through the skin. Quite frankly, I think most high-priced antioxidant skin care products are a waste of money. For an inexpensive nutrient skin treatment, try my Smoothie Facial. 

The yogurt contains lactic acid, which helps remove dead, dull skin cells.  Strawberries and green tea provide antioxidants. Flax and almonds supply essential fatty acids and more exfoliation. Together these nutrients protect against and help repair the aging effects of the sun and reveal the smoother, glowing skin betneath the surface. 

Here's how to make it at home:

  1. Pour 4 ounces of almost boiling water over a green tea bag and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bag.

  2. Place 2 tablespoons of unsweetened yogurt (or soy yogurt), 3-4 fresh or frozen strawberries, 2 tablespoons of raw flaxseed (or coarsely chopped almonds) and 1-2 tablespoons of the green tea infusion into a blender container and blend until smooth. (Slight grittiness is fine.)  Spoon the mixture into a small dish and head for the bath. 

  3. Apply mask to face (as well as neck, shoulders, and chest if desired), massaging briefly to stimulate blood flow and exfoliate. (Note: If you're not doing this in the bath, use an old towel to protect your clothes - strawberries can stain some fabrics.) Let mask dry for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water.

  4. Dip a cotton ball in the remaining green tea and apply as a finishing touch. When dry, apply your usual moisturizer and/or sunscreen.

Disclaimer: This can get a little messy. For best results, step into the bath, apply the mask, and relax with a magazine (or an episode or two of the Nutrition Diva podcast) before showering off. On the plus side, don't worry if a little gets into your mouth. Unlike most skin care products, it's good for you - and tastes great!

Skin mask image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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