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Let’s talk about how to get clear skin because the struggle is real! If you have sensitive skin, eczema, acne or psoriasis then get sippin’ on this clear skin smoothie.

I’ve had my own issues with teen acne and adult acne. It seemed like I couldn’t escape it! Once I tweaked a few things in my life, it made such a difference (as you can see in the photos below).

green clear skin smoothie in a mason jar with a paper straw, on a counter with avocado, pineapple and spinach.

I asked my friend and Simple Green Smoothies team member, Erin Mottayaw, to write this post and share her journey with finding the best foods for clear skin. I think you’ll be inspired and learn some great tips to get your skin looking amazing.

Clean eating brings clear skin with Simple Green Smoothies

Table of Contents
  1. A Journey to Clear Skin
  2. Healthy Skin: Where to Start?
  3. The Results: A Healthy Glow
  4. Recipe Ingredients
  5. How to Blend a Clear Skin Smoothie
  6. FAQs
  7. More Recipes to Help You Glow
  8. Clear Skin Smoothie Recipe

A Journey to Clear Skin

Erin: Most of my life I was a “makeup kind of gal” because I didn’t have good skin. It was sensitive, prone to breakouts and splotchy. I tried every cleanser, soap, mask and more to try and tame my face, shoulders and arms, yet nothing worked.

After Jen taught me how to make a smoothie, I was intrigued, but a total newbie. But it’s amazing how quickly I changed.

  • I swore I’d never drink a green smoothie without dairy. Now I use water or homemade almond milk as the base.
  • I said I’d never blend (or eat) kale. Now I literally have a 4×4 foot garden of kale. That’s 18 kale plants that I treat like my own offspring! #leafygreens4life
  • Finally, I said I’d never leave the house without makeup. These days, you’ll only find me a bit of eyebrow tint, mascara and a great face lotion with SPF on date night. Why? Because I discovered the secret of how to get clear skin and I’m never going back.

Healthy Skin: Where to Start?

white person with long red hair in a green top shopping for apples at an open market with a canvas tote on their shoulder.

Jen talked about the glowing skin she experienced with green smoothies, yet I was skeptical. I always had a kitchen full of fresh fruit growing up, yet I still had bad skin.

I agreed to try seasonal cleanse when Jen was asking friends to test it out and share feedback. For 21 days, I ate a TON of plants, drank a bunch of water and avoided these food groups entirely:

  • dairy
  • meat
  • alcohol
  • processed sugar
  • gluten

We replaced all these things with plants: fruit, vegetables, nuts and grains.

As hard as it was to do, that cleanse made me see the light. My face started to clear up around day 5. By day 15, I was acne-free for REAL!

The Results: A Healthy Glow

I never realized how much food affected my skin issues until I gave up dairy and sugar on this cleanse. I saw that certain foods were causing my acne and others were promoting overall health like:

  1. Better skin: All my life I had these red bumps on the backs of my upper arms. Embarrassing and annoying. When I fueled my body with whole foods for clear skin, these bumps vanished. Food did what medication hadn’t accomplished.
  2. Healthier nails: My nails were easily broken and thin, yet now are super strong, healthy and beautiful.
  3. Less acne: I thought acne was just for teenagers until mine never left, even after college. A few months of daily smoothies and a cleanse changed all of that. I notice that when I stop drinking smoothies daily, my skin is all too eager to let me know.
  4. Better sleep: Cleansing forced me to listen to the sleep needs my body had, and led me to better sleep habits overall.
  5. New passions: I gained a newfound love for baking, cooking and gardening through eating whole foods. I even started a small pallet garden in my townhouse so that we could use the herbs for smoothies and future cleanses. Now I’ve got a thriving kitchen garden, and I’m growing food my college self didn’t even know existed.

I included numbers four and five because believe it or not, stress can show on our skin. Lack of sleep leads to bad eating habits, greater stress and premature aging. I find my stress levels go down when I sleep better, as well as when I work on projects that fuel my passions.

Both of these have the space to take place in my life when I’m eating foods that give me strength and longevity, not foods that work against me.

Now after the cleanse, my family still eats meat and dairy on occasion. Yet we also use the Rawk the Year Meal Planner to fuel our weeknights with plant-based meals and we love them!

Recipe Ingredients

labeled ingredients for a clear skin smoothie including coconut water, pineapple, spinach and avocado.

My skin journey has me blending smoothies like the one below almost every day. I love how a daily smoothie makes me look and feel, so let’s find out what’s in this great recipe!

Best Foods for Clear Skin

What other kinds of food can one expect in a whole food, clear skin diet? A lot of beautiful and delicious plants! Here are some incredible whole food, plant-based ingredients that will help your skin look great both now and in the future:

  • Walnuts: Rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, walnuts are a powerhouse in fighting inflammation.
  • Sweet potatoes (and other orange veggies): Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body and acts as a natural sunblock.
  • Red/yellow bell peppers: Also full of beta carotene, these specific bell peppers contain tons of vitamin C, which promotes the collagen that keeps skin firm.
  • Broccoli: The sulforaphane found in broccoli protects against skin cancer.
  • Berries: Low in sugar and high in flavor and antioxidants, berries will help generate glowing skin.

Foods to Avoid

Here are foods and ingredients to limit when figuring out how to get clear skin:

  • Processed sugar: Refined sugar causes acne due to increasing blood sugar in the body, creating inflammation.
  • Dairy: Though you may not have a dairy intolerance, consuming dairy can disrupt your hormones, creating acne and eczema.
  • Complex carbohydrates: Processed foods of any kind can interrupt the body’s natural processes, clog pores and create reactions that are seen in the skin. Reading labels and limiting the overall intake of processed food can lead to healthier skin (and keep your other organs thriving as well!).
  • Alcohol: Affects our hormones and influences acne development.

How to Blend a Clear Skin Smoothie

tall glass full of green smoothie with a striped paper straw in it on a wooden cutting board along with spinach and pineapple.

Daily smoothies are an easy habit because they take five minutes to put together. You can even cut down on that time if you choose to prep ahead smoothie packs! Since this smoothie has leafy greens, here’s how I use the two-blend method for a creamy result:

  1. Blend spinach and coconut water until there are no leafy chunks. Stop and scrape down the sides as needed to get every last chunk.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, including any boosters, and blend again until smooth. Depending on the type of blender you have, be patient! This may take a minute or two to really break down the ingredients.
  3. Enjoy! I try to drink my smoothies within 15 minutes of blending, yet it’s totally okay to put them in the fridge to enjoy later.

If you are using frozen ingredients you should get a refreshingly cool smoothie. If not, feel free to stick a blended smoothie in the fridge to chill.

FAQs

What can I drink to help clear my skin?

Drinking a daily green smoothie can seriously help clear up skin. You are nourishing your skin (and body) with a whole lot of nutrients from real, whole foods that will make your body work for you, not against you. My clear skin smoothie has only four ingredients and yet it is a hydrating force in my life.

Which smoothie is best for acne skin?

My clear skin smoothie has spinach, coconut water, pineapple and avocado. This gives me a good dose of vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fat to keep my complexion clear and glowing.

Can smoothies help with skin?

Yes! Drinking a daily smoothie full of leafy greens and whole fruits and vegetables can hydrate and nourish your skin in the best way possible. Avoid adding extra sugar or other weird ingredients and stick to the real, natural ones to give you the best results.

green clear skin smoothie in a mason jar with a paper straw, on a counter with avocado, pineapple and spinach.

More Recipes to Help You Glow

  • Vegetable barley soup: This soup is packed with fiber, which helps your digestive system get moving. The more toxins and waste you can excrete through your digestive system, the less chance your skin has to do it.
  • Carrot ginger soup: This warm and cozy soup contains fresh ginger root which is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Sleep well smoothie: This bedtime smoothie encourages sleep, which in turn helps your skin out.
  • Apple celery smoothie: This smoothie is low in sugar and high in fiber.
  • Alkaline smoothie: Ingredients shown to hydrate your body leaving it happier and clearer.

Drop a comment letting me know some of your favorite foods for glowing skin, and let me know if you try this smoothie by leaving a rating!

4.96 from 22 votes

Clear Skin Smoothie

Vitamin C is one of the greatest antioxidants we have available, and it's wonderful for your skin. The addition of avocado brings with it other skin-specific nutrients such as vitamins E, A and zinc. This clear skin smoothie is a go-to for so many reasons!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1 smoothie

Ingredients  

  • 1 Β½ cups spinach fresh
  • 1 cup coconut water unsweetened
  • 1 cup pineapple frozen
  • ΒΌ avocado
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder optional
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Instructions 

  • Blend spinach and coconut water until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

Notes

  • Use at least 1 frozen fruit for a refreshingly cool smoothie.
  • Use the leafy greens of your choice.
  • Swap coconut water with regular water.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 293mg, Potassium: 1275mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 4389IU, Vitamin C: 102mg, Calcium: 130mg, Iron: 3mg
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  1. Hi! Does the pineapple have to be frozen or can I use pineapple fresh from the store?

    1. Hi Isabel,

      We suggest using at least one frozen fruit in each of our recipes to make your smoothie cold + creamy!

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  2. Hi!
    What can I use instead of avocado? I live in Jamaica and avocado is seasonal so it’s not available right now. Can I use coconut oil? What other options can I use to help clear my skin?
    Thanks for your tips!

  3. I have frozen pineapple juice, can I use that instead of the actual fruit? Or does it have to be the fruit?

    1. Hi Kisha,

      Great question! We love using whole fruits in place of juice so you’re receiving health benefits from the whole fruit. When juicing you’re missing out on a lot of the fiber we love in our recipes!

  4. Listen guys, I have a quick question I’m hoping someone on this website can help me with. I’m new to juicing although I’ve been enjoying store bought smoothies for years! (Tropical Smoothie, Bolthouse Farms and Naked Green Goodness Smoothies) Because of how delicious the Naked Juice Green Goodness smoothies are specifically I was all in on purchasing my own machine.

    The recipe’s on this site sound delicious and I just signed up for the 30 Day challenge.

    Here’s my issue. I have a Nutribullet Pro and while I’ve only used it a handful of times, I’m having great difficulty getting my concoctions to turn out as thoroughly blended as what’s shown in the pictures. As a matter of fact, there are always little bits of parsley or spinach floating throughout the mixture which I need to chew in order to get down.

    Now, I’ve been blasting with water only up to this point and plan on introducing almond milk, but wonder what else I need to do in order to insure that my blended vegetable/fruit mixtures come out as smooth and appetizing as the ones in the pictures.

    I’ve tried researching this on the net, but have thus far not come up with anything conclusive.

    Any and all help is appreciated.

    P.S. I know that I don’t have one of the Vitamix blenders, but, at present, that brand is a bit above my price range.

    1. Hi Stance,

      Thanks for reaching out, we’ve got you covered! First, you don’t need a pricey blender, you’ve got a green smoothie rawkin’ machine at home! I personally love my NutriBullet and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

      Our #1 tip for blending creamy smoothies without leafy pieces is to blend your leafy greens + liquid base first. Once your leafy greens + liquid base resemble a juice consistency add your remaining ingredients. Adding at least one frozen fruit will help too!!

      Check out more tips here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/smoothie-formula

      And just a quick FYI for using your NutriBullet. To ensure everything blends perfectly halve our recipes and add a little additional liquid base to create a creamy delicious green smoothie!

      Hope these tips help!!

  5. Just made this to kick off my green juicing for the New Year – used cucumber instead of avocado and added ginger. Yum!

    1. Hi Vonetta,

      Yum! We love blendin’ with cucumber! We hope our recipes are a great addition to your 2016!

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  6. Hi,
    I was wondering what can i substitute pineapple with? and it’s my first time cleansing to lose weight .. do i take the same smoothie same day? how many times?

    Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Monica,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! Looking to substitute pineapple? Try orange, grapefruit, or mango. This recipe is part of our cleanse, check out the full cleanse here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/cleanse

      Interested in using your green smoothie for cleansing + weight loss? Try adding herbs to your favorite recipes. Learn more about our favorites detoxing herbs here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/fresh-herbs

      You can also replace up to two meals with a Simple Green Smoothie. Our co-founder Jadah lost over 25lbs in three months by replacing one meal. Check out here story here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/about

      If you’re using your green smoothie as a meal replacement we suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn about our favorite meal replacement combinations here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/meal-replacement-smoothie

      Hope this helps! Reach out with any questions!

  7. Hi

    If I don’t have coconut water on hand can I just use water or do part coconut water and part water?
    Thanks

    Christina

    1. Hi Christina,

      We love coconut water in this recipe because it’s super-hydrating + packed with electrolytes. Don’t have coconut water on hand? No worries! Water is a great substitute!

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  8. Hi! I LOVE your story and this site! I am look forward to beginning the 21 day journey. #rawkon

    1. Hi Karen,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you as part of our SGS Tribe!! Keep us updated throughout your Plant-Based Cleanse journey!!

  9. Hi! Can this smoothie be “skin cleanser” even if I use soya yogurt instead of avocado and coconut water? Should I change quantities? thank you

    1. Hi Sylvia,

      Using yogurt and coconut water in this recipe will create a delicious green smoothie, but we love avocado in this recipe because it’s packed with antioxidant carotenoids for healthy skin, vitamin C + E, and moisturizing monounsaturated fatty acids. Looking to improve your skin health? Check out our post on obtaining glowing skin here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-popsicle

    1. Hi Jaz,

      Of course! Adding yogurt is a great way to add protein to any green smoothie recipe! We personally don’t add cows-milk yogurt to our recipes, as dairy is the #1 undiagnosed food allergy and can be pretty tough on your digestion. For that reason, we reach for almond milk or coconut milk yogurt! But it’s all about finding what’s best for you + your body!

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Jane,

    Coconut water is filled with electrolytes and potassium, which are two nutrients your body craves when expending lots of energy. It’s low in calories, fat, and sugar meaning that this is the liquid-base you want when working out to help refuel + rehydrate your body! We call it nature’s gatorade!

  11. Dear authors, I love this recipe! I added a pear today and I also put tahini butter, rolled oats and a little bit of chia seeds to make it a meal!

    This week I have started to drink two smoothies a day and I feel great – very fresh and energized in difference to when I eat something with more carbs. And it saves me a lot of time to take care of my health, which I need! This is the best win-win!

    Thank you for supporting this great site!

    1. Hi Kristina,

      Rawesome!! We love your additions! Pears add a great sweetness + rolled oats will keep you full + satisfied as they maintain your blood-sugar level + they’re slow to digest (perfect for preventing a hungry tummy).

      Cheers to being a total meal replacement rawkstar!!

    1. Hi Heather,

      Great question! Filtered water is a great substitute for coconut water (both are super hydrating and great for your skin), + no need to add coconut oil unless you’re looking to add extra healthy fats to our Tropical Skin Cleanser Green Smoothie!

      Cheers πŸ™‚