By now you’ll be well aware of the health benefits of adding a few superfoods to your diet. A handful of kale here, a few blueberries there and boom, you’re fit as a fiddle! But have you noticed they’ve been sneaking into your skincare? From spinach face masks to coconut foot cremes, these super ingredients are set to power up your beauty regime. Intrigued? We’ve spoken with two nutritional experts and identified 9 key superfoods and the beauty buys they’re found in, so even if you can’t bear green smoothies, you can still reap the benefits!
Known as the ‘healing’ honey, Manuka honey has long been recognised as a medicine as much as a food. Clinical nutritionist at Omniya Mediclinic, Peter Cox, says, “As with all honey, Manuka is anti-bacterial and can be effective against a range of skin conditions, from mild to severe.” Celebrity fans of this golden delicious superfood include Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson.
The super skincare: Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask. Whether used on its own or blended into a product like Liz Earle’s Deep Cleansing Mask, Manuka honey is a skincare superstar. A great all-natural cure for infections and acne, it’s also great at moisturising dry skin because it works like a magnet and actually draws moisture from the air and into the skin - amazing!
In the world of superfoods, pomegranates could claim the throne. They’ve been a mainstay of Middle Eastern cuisine for hundreds of years and we’ve finally caught on to its delicious health benefits. Pomegranate seeds contain punicalagins, an extremely powerful antioxidant, and its juice is said to have 3 times higher antioxidant level than green tea or red wine.
The super skincare: Rodial Super-Food Stemcell Glam balm. Made from a blend of pomegranate extract, shea butter, beeswax and vitamin C, Rodial’s Super-Food balm is loaded with skin-loving ingredients designed to restore and protect your skin. Need more convincing? Apparently this balm is a favourite of superstar style icon Sarah Jessica Parker.
This readily-available superfood is renowned for being a nutrient-dense ingredient, full of iron and flavonoids, but is particularly beneficial for your heart and digestion thanks to its high levels of vitamins A, C and folate. But did you also know cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits three times over?
The super skincare: Origins By All Greens cleansing mask. Inspired by detox juice cleansing, Origins By All Greens mask features a host of veggies, from broccoli to carrots and yes, spinach. Its formula works in the same way a good juice cleanse would, by flushing out impurities and gently cleansing. Why not try the mask while whipping up one of health coach Madeleine Shaw’s Origins-inspired juices?
No we haven’t just misspelled cocoa! Cacao IS basically chocolate, but in its raw form, whereas cocoa is what cacao becomes after it’s heated up. Cacao comes from the cocoa tree (of course!) and is said to have one of the highest levels of antioxidants and magnesium of all foods. Even more reason to indulge in a square or two today!
The super skincare: Evolve raw cacao & coconut mask. Named one of the UK’s best cosmetic doctors by Tatler magazine, dermatologist and author, Dr. Stefanie Williams, says, “Cacao contains flavanoid polyphenols - basically high grade antioxidants - which are anti-inflammatory and help reduce oxidative stress in the skin.” Evolve’s gorgeous raw cacao mask is designed to revitalise and purify, but best of all, it smells heavenly!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ll know that coconuts have become THE go-to superfood ingredient for everything from baking to beauty. Its key USP? You can use every part of the coconut, from the husk to the meat, the milk to the water. For a tasty introduction, try these delicious looking crispy baked coconut prawns.
The super skincare: Burt’s Bees coconut foot creme. Packed with nourishing and naturally rich coconut oil, Burt’s Bees foot creme is just the treat your feet need after a hard day. Aside from being an excellent moisturiser, coconut oil is actually antibacterial and antifungal - what more could you want?!
It might not be pretty, but seaweed packs a punch when it comes to nutrition. Need examples? Seaweed contains more vitamin C than oranges and is a great source calcium, making it an ideal supplement for the lactose intolerant. And, here’s the kicker, it’s also particularly beneficial to eat if you live in built-up areas, because it helps eliminate toxic cadmium and lead in your system, which are found in congested city air.
The super skincare: The Body Shop seaweed clarifying toner. Made using bladderwrack seaweed which grows in the waters off the South-West coast of Ireland, The Body Shop’s seaweed toner is alcohol-free and works to clarify and cleanse the skin in preparation for moisturiser. Couple that with a fresh, ocean scent and you’ve got the perfect hot weather skin saviour!
One of the more recent superfoods to be added to the list, acai berries are native to Central and South America. Peter Cox says, “Acai berries contain high levels of antioxidants believed to protect against changes in the body which can lead to cancers and heart disease.” In terms of flavour, they’re similar to blueberries but, bonus, they possess double the antioxidant level! How’s that for delightfully delicious...
The super skincare: Grown Alchemist acai berry moisturizer. Utilising the antibacterial properties of the acai berry, Grown Alchemist’s moisturiser is designed for combination or oily skin and works by combating the effects of the oil, dirt and pollution we get exposed to every day. And (hidden bonus!) this super moisturiser can also be used as a makeup primer.
Undoubtedly you’ll know the benefits of green tea by now, but have you heard of white tea? And did you know it’s more antioxidant rich than green tea? From helping to fight cancer to aiding weight loss, this wonder drink can basically do it all! Stockpile it. Now. We love Clipper’s refreshing peppermint and white tea blend.
The super skincare: Burt’s Bees white tea cleansing towelettes. Dr. Stefanie Williams says, “Drinking a cup of white tea a day can benefit your skin because it’s been shown to reduce collagen and elastin breakdown, meaning your skin stays plump and youthful for longer!”. We all love the convenience of a cleansing face wipe after a long day, and Burt’s Bees have taken the everyday hero and elevated it. Made with white tea and 99.1% natural ingredients, face wipes don’t get much better than this!
A powerfully potent spice that’s been used in Indian and Chinese cuisine and medicine for thousands of years, turmeric is high regarded for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Not sure how to use turmeric in cooking? We love healthy food collective Green Kitchen Stories’ indulgent but innocent turmeric and blueberry muffins.
The super skincare: Kiehl’s turmeric & cranberry mask. With a celebrity fan base that includes Uma Thurman, Julianne Moore and Ginnifer Goodwin, Kiehl’s is a leader in the world of skincare, let alone superfood skincare! One of their newest creations, an energising face mask, uses the much revered turmeric powder blended with cranberry seeds for an exfoliating and energizing effect. We.Are.Obsessed.