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Photo: Today Food

Ready to up your food game at home, by the beach, or on the grill? We can help with that: This summer, Well+Good is teaming up with Today Food to not just give you advice, but to show you how it’s done. (Because recipes are nice, but step-by-step videos are even better.) Each week, we’ll be unveiling a new videos highlighting a super-easy, delish recipe that’s sure to become a go-to all year long.

Last week we kicked things off with a game changing kale destemming trick (no knife needed), and this week is all about keeping your skin glowing—and not burnt to a crisp. But nothing kills beach vibes like a bad sunburn.

Instead of reaching for the aloe vera when it’s already too late, save your skin by nourishing it from the inside out by sipping on a hydrating smoothie that features no-UVAs-necessary glow boosters from your fridge.

The recipe in the video featured above is made with chunks of juicy watermelon (super hydrating), strawberries (they contain ellagic acid, which studies have shown can help protect skin from sun damage), and mint and aloe (which both soothe sunburns by cooling the skin and triggering cell regeneration).

Genius, right? So while you still need to slather on the SPF, this smoothie will help boost your natural (and year-round) glow inside out. Get the recipe below—and watch the video to see how easy it is to make.

Ingredients
2 cups watermelon chunks
2 cups strawberries, cut up
1/4 cup aloe flesh
1 Tbsp chia seeds
6-8 mint leaves

1. Cut the watermelon and strawberries up. Drop them in a blender and add ice. While you are cutting the fruit, soak the chia seeds in water for 5 minutes. This will make them easier to blend.

2. Cut the thick end of the aloe leaf off and slice it down the middle. Extract the pulp by peeling back the flesh. Scrap the aloe into the blender.

3. Add the chia seeds and mint leaves into the blender. Blend, serve, and add a bit more mint for garnish.

That’s not the only way to save your skin and hair: These are the nine natural beauty products that you’ll find indispensable all summer. And if you need a reset, try these three delicious detox smoothies and upgrade your smoothie bowl game with these easy recipes.  

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