You may know your kale from your quinoa, but do you know which superfood ingredients can calm redness, soothe dryness or stop oiliness on your skin?
The beauty industry is taking note of the wellness trend and going back to basics, bringing us a wave of products using nature’s finest foraged ingredients to solve our skincare dilemmas, the natural way.
We’ve picked the best skincare superfoods with beauty benefits for you to try.
Made from ground green tea leaves, Matcha containsup to ten times the amount of antioxidants astraditional green tea. The potent powder helps to fight against free radicals, which can damage skin cells on contact and increase signs of ageing over time. Origins Ritualitea Matcha Madness Powder Face Mask is packed with the green stuff to detoxify the skin. Matcha also helps to reduce sebum oil production over time, making this a great option for oily, acne-prone skin, too.
A cocktail of nourishing ingredients, ElemisSuperfood Facial Oil feeds the skin in the same way Superfoods nourish the body. Containing Vitamin A-rich broccoli seed oil, which is a natural source of retinol and encourages skin cell renewal when massaged into skin, and flax seed oil, which is ultra-moisturising and high in omega-3 fattyacids, to leave skin feeling super soft and smooth. Use at night for a nourishing treat.
A powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant ingredient, Turmeric is often used in homeopathic remedies, but works wonders when applied to skin, too. Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Energizing Radiance Masque uses Turmeric to calm down redness and inflammation, whilst the cranberry seeds act as natural exfoliating beads to gently buff away dead skin cells, brightening dull patches and correcting uneven skin tone. An all-round superfood treat for the skin.
Avocadoes are rich in Vitamins A, D and E, keeping skin feeling soft and supple. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado contains natural avocado oil, known to have healing and soothing properties on the skin. When applied under eyes, the cream nourishes and protects the delicate eye area, repairing damaged skin and plumping light lines and wrinkles, to keep a smoother surface. Perfect for treating super sensitive skin and eyes.
Everyone knows that when it comes to Superfoods, as a general rule, green is good. MAC’s Green Gel Cleanser contains cucumber, the most soothing and refreshing of greens that cools and soothes to reduce puffiness on contact (we know we’re not the only ones to pop a couple of slices on our eyes in the past). Cucumber is made up of 95% water, and is extremely hydrating on the skin. Skin-tingling and refreshing, cucumber and algae work together to give a squeaky clean finish to your face.
Kale has high levels of Vitamins A, C and K, and Nails Inc NailKale uses the green leafy superfood to help nails grow stronger. Kale is a brilliant strengthener, as it increases the production of keratin within the nail, and hardens them to prevent breakages and splitting. With regular use, nails will appear brighter, healthier and stronger, with no discolouration from polish. It’s the healthiest manicure you can have.
Despite the current trend for drinking charcoal-infused water, this detoxifying ingredient has actually been used in skincare for years. Charcoal has excellent antibacterial properties; it works like a magnet to attract dirt and oil on the skin, attaching itself to impurities and toxins, and washing them away as you cleanse. Charcoal is also known for stopping shine and reducing sebum production, and works well on acne-prone, oily skins to reduce inflamed areas and prevent oil shine.
Quinoa is protein-rich and packed full of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, all of which have been known to help protect skin from nasty free radicals. It is also known to combat signs of pigmentation and even increase skin elasticity after continued use. Clarins Everlasting Foundation contains the superfood grain, for a nourishing foundation treatment, leaving you with a flawless finish and a glow from within.
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