Nature’s Finest: Your Guide to Superfood-Infused Skin Care
From honey to turmeric and antioxidant-packed noni juice, superfood-infused skin care could be the key to a youthful complexion.
The concept of eating your way to glowing skin isn’t new. But what about putting food… on your face? While food extracts have long been a mainstay on beauty product ingredient lists, the industry has recently taken its gastronomic influence to another level. With the ‘clean’, organic and wellness movements now permanent fixtures in the beauty zeitgeist, superfoods are increasingly replacing the old-school ‘wonder’ ingredients of the past. So, how do these naturally derived ingredients (and the products that contain them) stack up?
Powered by New Zealand-native manuka honey, this hair oil by COMB makes us want to hit the upper octaves à la Mariah. A natural humectant, honey holds onto moisture, hydrating the hair cuticle without causing any silicone or oil-based build-up. Whether you massage onto strands post-wash, boost your mask with a couple of drops or leave in as an overnight treatment, your hair is in for a sweet treat.
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Usually sprinkled into your green smoothie, spirulina is an edible blue-green algae (scientific name: cyanobacteria) that doubles as an anti-ageing powerhouse. Boasting a plethora of vitamins and both amino and fatty acids, it helps to accelerate skin cell turnover. Ella Bache Spirulines Firming Day Cream combines spirulina with tried-and-tested hyaluronic acid to create a more radiant, bouncy complexion.
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An anti-inflammatory spice, turmeric has been used for its beauty-boosting properties for centuries. Bacteria-busting and acne-fighting, turmeric clarifies while simultaneously brightening the skin. The Sunday Riley C.E.O. Oil, bolstered with vitamin C, will take the radiance to the extreme, as well as providing vital defence against airborne nasties.
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If you like piña coladas, you’ll love the skin-boosting benefits of pineapple in the Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Moisturiser. Containing vitamin C and bromelain (an enzyme derived from the pineapple stem and juice), this gel crème both brightens and gently exfoliates while it hydrates. The result? Skin that is even, bright and balanced.
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Cute packaging, tick. Does good stuff for your skin, double tick. Rich in good fats, such as linoleic and oleic acids, the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Eye Mask is uber-nourishing and firming. Hero ingredient avocado helps to restore essential moisture to the delicate eye area. There may be a better way to have avocado than smashed on toast, after all.
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Tropical vibes, minus the Maldives vacay. Grapefruit is a sensorial delight within the KEVIN.MURPHY Hair.Resort. Scent aside, it serves a more serious function, too; as a potent source of vitamins C and E, grapefruit extract works to repair damaged hair. Bursting with antioxidants, it also helps to protect against environmental damage. Why let your skin have all the fun?
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Native to China, this super-berry is super-packed with amino acids and antioxidants; goji berry helps to protect against ageing free radicals while also supporting collagen production. A serious source of vitamin C, Kat Burki Goji Essence also contains lactic acid and plant stem cells. The result? A smooth complexion that is brighter than your future.
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This article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 Gritty Pretty Magazine.