The tastiest way to get gorgeous, clear skin…
Packed with anti-ageing and beauty boosting extracts, experts say we shouldn’t just eat superfoods for great skin, we should wear them too. As the body’s largest organ, skin has the capacity to absorb 70% of what we put on it. Superfoods are nutritional powerhouses with inbuilt antioxidants and oils so it makes sense to use these ingredients in skincare to feed the face from the outside as well as in.
Take a look at some of our favourite superfoods and find out exactly what they profess to contain.
Contains anti-ageing vitamins A, C and E plus exceptional natural moisturisers to rehydrate and soothe dry or sensitive skin. Avocado delivers fast results because its rich oil is easy for skin to absorb. It can help reduce age spots and heal scars or sun damage. Avocado’s youth-boosting agents are believed to increase collagen production while essential fatty acids give shine and strength to hair and nails.
Tasty on toast and terrific for skin, it’s no wonder Cleopatra took milk and honey baths. The potent anti-bacterial and repair benefits of honey have been used for centuries to heal wounds and burns but it has remarkable wrinkle-prevention properties too.
This disease-fighting drink doubles as a superhero in skincare with powerful antioxidant polyphenols that mop up free radicals. In turn this means green tea safeguards skin against fine lines, discoloration and loss of elasticity, making it a key ingredient in many products. As well as delaying the signs of ageing, green tea extracts are also believed to reduce sun damage and may enhance the efficacy of sun-care products. Its anti-inflammatory qualities bring relief from acne, psoriasis
Bursting with antioxidants and skin-loving vitamins, acai, goji, bilberry and blueberry fruits are rising skincare superstars. Their oils de-stress skin and strengthen cell repair while high concentrations of vitamin C support the body’s natural collagen production. Amazonian acai berries have the highest antioxidant content of any fruit, vital compounds to future-proof skin from ageing. For best results choose skincare with a mix of berries.
Not just a breakfast cereal, oats also soften, nourish and exfoliate the face and body. Rich in amino acids, when used topically they act like a moisture magnet and bind water to parched skin, soothing conditions from
eczema to sunburn. Since oat proteins leave a protective barrier on skin they’ve become a vital ingredient in long-lasting body lotions to lock in moisture. In powder form they also act as tiny sponge cleansers to purge dirt and dead cells from skin.
Similar in composition to sebum, it is naturally compatible with skin and helps balance both oily and dry complexions. Acne and eczema respond well to olive oil because of its anti-inflammatory effects. In beauty products olive oil shields against dirt and pollution without clogging pores. As a moisturiser it is also rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants.
Pomegranate seed oil is tailor-made for nourishing mature or sensitive skins and has an excellent firming action. Its antioxidant potency (twice that of green tea) also increases cell regeneration. Sadly its multi-functional benefits don’t come cheap. Lack of supply often inflates the price.
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