As the saying goes, ‘you are what you eat’, so it is understandable to want to ‘feed your skin’ in the same way as the rest of your body. It is now a common trend for natural skincare brands to infuse their products with ingredients that most consumers would commonly find in the fresh food aisle of a supermarket. So why use these ‘super foods’ in skincare?
Whether you are looking to add super foods to your diet or your skincare regime, let’s look at some of the trending superfood ingredients within the natural skincare world and why they are used:
KAKADU PLUM: Richest source of Vitamin C
Skin concerns: Dull/tired skin, fine lines, and wrinkles
This Australian native is a powerful skin brightener that may protect skin from free radical damage, as well as assist with hyperpigmentation. It has the highest natural levels of Vitamin C ever recorded, with 100 times more than oranges. It is a highly effective ingredient to use if you are wanting firmer and more radiant skin.
Used in: Serums, Face Oils, Night creams, Face Masks
BLUEBERRIES: Rich in vitamins and antioxidants
Skin concerns: Aging skin, effects of exposure to everyday pollution
Blueberries have extremely high levels of antioxidants, which acts like a shield to the skin protecting it against harmful free radicals and pollutants. It also contains Vitamin C and E which can also assist with brightening the complexion and helping with uneven skin tones.
Used in – Face Cleaners, Face Cream, Oil based products
MATCHA: Rich in antioxidants
Skin concern: Sensitive, redness/irritation, dull/tired skin
Matcha is a powerhouse when it comes to its benefits. Rich in anti-inflammatory properties and containing high levels of the natural compound chlorophyll, matcha can soothe and brighten tired and irritated skin and minimize free radical damage. In comparison to its green tea counterpart, it is higher in nutrients due to it being processed and grown differently.
Used in Face masks, eye gel/cream, face cream
Skin concerns Irritated, aging skin, fine lines, dry and/or dull skin
The humble mushroom is one of the most popular skin care ingredients in the industry currently. They have been used in holistic wellness and Chinese medicine for centuries but have gradually made their way into Western skin care. Popular variations used include Reishi, Chaga and Tremella. To find out more about the uses and benefits of different mushrooms in skin care, visit our last blog post!
Used in: Serums, creams, gel masks
OATS (COLLOIDAL OATMEAL): Calms and hydrates irritated skin
Skin concerns: Irritated or blemish prone skin
Rich in antioxidants, lipids and vitamin E, oats are the perfect ingredient to ease itchy and irritated skin. It can soak up excess sebum in skin, protect from harsh pollutants and environmental stresses, used as a gentle exfoliant, and provides intense hydration to the skin, and prevents water loss.
Used in: Face masks, Face and Body Creams, Bath Soaks and Exfoliants
Interested in using some of these ‘super food’ ingredients?
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