Smoothies for Your Skin

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Your blender is a powerhouse when it comes to making quickie breakfasts. But you probably haven’t considered using it toward your at-home beauty regimen. Here are smoothie recipes for simple, effective face masks you can make in your blender. 

For Blah Skin (And A Hungry Belly)
The ingredients in this mask will help improve your skin’s texture from the inside out and vice versa—vitamin C-rich pineapple and strawberries help diminish wrinkles; greener-than-green spirulina packs anti-inflammatory properties. 
Blend: 1 cup Greek yogurt + ½ cup strawberries + ½ cup pineapple + 1 tablespoon coconut oil + 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
Apply: Drink about three-quarters of the smoothie for breakfast. Spread the remainder on your face, and let sit for 5 minutes. For deep relaxation, put 1 damp green tea bag on each eye. Rinse well.

For Puffy Skin
Experts recommend this fragrant coffee-cocoa pick-me-up. Ground coffee helps reduce swelling and gently exfoliates, while cocoa adds a sweet scent, plus antioxidants to help reduce the signs of aging.
Blend: 2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee + 2 tablespoons pure cocoa powder + 1 tablespoon honey + 3 tablespoons yogurt + 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil
Apply: Spread evenly over skin and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Gently massage face with lukewarm water to exfoliate. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

For Overheated Skin
This mask combines moisturizing yogurt with soothing cucumber. Potato enzyme catecholase and the vitamin C in orange juice help to smooth. Tea tannins are antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage.
Blend: 2 cups plain yogurt + 1 medium peeled cucumber + ½ medium potato + ½ cup cold brewed tea + 2 tablespoons orange juice
Apply: Spread all over face and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with a damp washcloth for another 5 minutes, and rinse.