Skin superfoods have found their way into skincare products in recent times. Superfoods that are used in smoothies and health drinks are now being used in skin care products to enhance the health and look of the skin.
Superfoods are known for packing high doses of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Studies have shown that antioxidants like vitamins A and C protect the skin from sun damage and the harmful effects of the ultraviolet (UV) rays and free radicals. They also help reduce inflammation in the body.
Some of the more recent creams, lotions, serums, oils, and moisturizers have been seeing a spurt in the usage of leafy greens and acai berries as ingredients. They promise to hydrate the skin, reduce signs of aging, and reduce the effects of free radicals.
For instance, Youth to the People, a new vegan brand for skin care has launched a cleanser, serum, and a moisturizer packed with superfood formulizations consisting of spinach, kale, alfalfa, and hyaluronic acid.
Another brand, First Aid Beauty, has a product called Vital Greens Face Mist, which contains spinach and kale. This brand is known for its uncomplicated, skin-safe, and skin-sensitive products.
The Superfood Facial Oil by Elemis is packed to the hilt with broccoli, cucumber, and rosehip seed and oil, truly living up to its name. Rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, it helps the skin look plump and keeps it fresh and hydrated.
Valentina’s Naturals Superfood Antioxidant Serum is made with acai and pomegranate seed oils and helps the skin ward off environmental damage, such as the effects of smoke and dirt.
Superfoods help the body to function well and their effects can be seen on the skin as well. They are the building blocks to a smoothly working body.
It is important to remember that this is not about putting a month’s worth of spinach in a jar and hoping to use it daily. To be effective, the antioxidants need to be stabilized to last over a period of time. If the formulation of the antioxidant is stable, it can even be manufactured in a lab as opposed to say, using kale directly to manufacture the product.
Of course, it goes without saying that the more effective way to help the skin benefit from superfoods is to consume them. There is a direct impact of what we eat on our skin. Spices and good protein, fiber, healthy oils, vegetables, and fruits, when eaten whole and raw, are the best way to get great skin. Any anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich food greatly benefits the skin by enhancing the skin’s metabolism and defending it against environmental damage.
Regardless of the skin type, superfoods that will help the skin healthy include ginger, chia seeds, and tomatoes. If acne is an issue, you can go for oatmeal, miso, and artichokes. For oily skin, sweet potatoes and cinnamon work best. Whereas for dry skin, avocados and sardines are the skin superfoods to turn to. To reduce wrinkles and fine lines, salmon, egg whites, and quinoa help. To deal with dark under eye circles, spinach and other leafy greens are the way to go. Dark spots on the skin can be reduced by consuming citrus fruits and bell peppers. A dull complexion can be brightened by consuming paprika and turmeric.