Superfoods aren’t just for piling high on your plate or blending up into a smoothie; their nutrient-rich powers are the key to better skin, too. Tackling your top concerns topically, these are the food ingredients you need in your skin care routine.
We’ve all been sipping on our cups of green tea for a few years now, reaping all those antioxidant benefits from the inside out. But green tea also does some of its best work from the outside in. It’s been found to help fight the signs of premature ageing and protect skin against free radical damage. As a skincare ingredient, it’s powered by a rich concentration of the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which helps with ultraviolet radiation and bacteria induced damage. The polyphenol present in green tea combats inflammation, making it an anti ageing powerhouse.
This anti-inflammatory super food is thought to prevent collagen breakdown and has been popping up in coffee shops in the the form of lattes!
And, used topically , particularly for acne or eczema prone skin, it is equally as exciting. Besides calming the skin, its a natural antiseptic that stops the spread of bacteria, and a skin brighter.
We drizzle this oil guilt-free oil over our salads (thank you healthy monounsaturated fats), and it seems our skin could also benefit from olive oil.
No surprise that it’s an exceptional skin moisturiser, but what you might not know is all those vitamins found in olive oil (there’s A, D, E and K) do a wonderful job of restoring suppleness back into dry skin, too. Squalene – which is a natural compound found in olive oil – stimulates the skin’s natural production of elastin and collagen to further promote more youthful-looking skin.
The world is obsessed with probiotics for gut health, and they are flying off the shelves as people try to restore the bacteria balance in their tummies. These micro organisms can also help balance stressed out skin, activating the cells natural ability to create a harmonious ecosystem – in other words, they help your skin self regulate.
This adaptogen is great as an oral supplement for boosting immunity, reducing stress and warding off fatigue. It is is even said to fight cancer. In skincare, fungi might already be part of your regime, as the common skin lightening ingredient kojic acid is a mushroom derivative. When used topically, Reishi mushroom is said to reduce inflammation and boost the skins immunity.
Try: Shiseido’s Ultimune range, including the bestselling Power Infusing Concentrate, Strengthens the skins natural defence so it can protect and rebuild itself. It counts reishi and iris root extract among its key ingredients.