Our increasing awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle influences all aspects of life, including the necessity for a more natural and healthier skincare regime.
Therefore, it’s no wonder that ‘superfood’ has become an essential part of various beauty products, like body and hair oils, serums, creams, lotions, masks and even nail-polishes.
Although the term superfood itself is just a marketing word to accent all good that nature provides for us, it’s the most appropriate one.
Food that is qualified like ‘super’ mostly has high levels of antioxidants, vitamins (especially A and C), proteins, phytonutrients and many other health-boosting properties that are necessary for our bodies to work properly. Fruits and vegetables are obvious sources of these healthy and refreshing elements, but not the only ones; there are many more types of “superfood”, including seeds, berries, grains, tea extracts and algae, which you can use to improve your appearance and health.
It would be hard to itemise all nature’s products that can improve your skin and overall health in this article, so we’ll give you a couple of suggestions of some of the most frequent and best ones, that should become the part of your skincare collection.
From green tea to spinach, any green foliage will do. Considering that many will frown when they think of kale, we’ll skip a discussion about its taste and focus on numerous benefits from its vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids that can help you to hydrate and protect your skin from free-radicals and harmful molecules, reduce skin inflammation and slow the aging process by stimulating collagen production.
Dark green leaves are rich with vitamins A and K that are especially good for the skin around the eyes: not only they can prevent formation of dark circles and make your skin smoother, but in the long run, they reduce chances for creating wrinkles.
Besides green vegetables, algae can do you good, too. Spirulina is just the one those that can help the process of detoxification, cleaning and cell renewal. It contains fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and proteins, which make it suitable for all skin-types and skin-problems.
Not only are they sweet, refreshing and tasty, but fruits are also very good for your skin, too. Avocado, for example, is rich in fatty acids and vitamin A that has skin-repairing benefits, which, all-together, makes avocado perfect ingredient for moisturising creams.
On the other hand, juicy pomegranate has lots of antioxidants and polyphenols that are great as natural skin protectors from UV and free-radical damage, so it’s a good choice for sunscreen products.
Papaya, also known as paw paw, is rich with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can help you with a very dry skin, chapped lips and all kinds of skin injuries.
Blueberries found their way to your healthy nutrition meal plan by means other than a blueberry pie. They’re considered to be the most potent antioxidants, which ensure skin elasticity and reduce the aging-signs along with other skin-damaging traces. Also, they’re vascular constrictors, which means that they can reduce redness for those who have a problematic and sensitive skin.
One of the most used seeds in beauty industry is the Chia seeds, which was very popular among Mayan people thousands years ago. They are rich with various vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and especially with omega-3 fatty acids (one of the richest sources) that are very helpful when it comes to deep nourishment and dealing with pores and wrinkles, and also for protecting skin from stress and the signs of aging.
The goji berries are one of the healthier fruits, containing 500 times more vitamin C than an orange, and, since the absorption of the vitamin C is quicker through the skin than through the stomach, it’s one of the favourite ingredients of face-creams. Besides vitamin C, they contain vitamin A and iron, so the benefits of goji berries can be used for removing dead cells, brightening the skin tone and boosting collagen production.
Acai berries contain lots of antioxidants and essential fatty acids which make them wanted for moisturizing, protecting and nourishing creams. These are highly important when it comes to fighting free radicals that make your skin more vulnerable to outside harms (UV rays and pollution), reducing the collagen lost and preventing creating wrinkles.
If you want to upgrade your healthy lifestyle, try out the ‘superfood’ skincare trend by following the idea that what’s good for your body will certainly be good for your skin, too.
If you have any doubts about it, just think of thousands-year history of mankind who used nature to enhance their health and beauty. If you put it this way, all suggested products are nothing more than a modern way of taking the nature’s goods and finding new ways of re-using them in new and proven formulas.
Off course, this kind of care doesn’t exclude the healthy diet, quite the opposite. For getting the best results, you should combine these two and refresh both your body and soul to look young and be healthy as long as you can.
About the author:
Sophia Smith is an Australian-based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about photography, interior design and DIY projects. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a regular contributor at High Style Life.