10 Superfoods Your Skin Will Love
Superfoods are a staple in our smoothies and salads, but that’s not what has piqued our interest the most. These days, these trendy, good-for-you ingredients are making cameos in skin care aisles too, in the form of serums, creams, face masks, and more. And we can’t say we’re unhappy about this. Scroll through to find out which superfoods are popping up in skin care—plus, our favorite beauty-boosting buys.
Quinoa husk contains saponins and polyphenols, and L’Oréal researchers have proven exfoliating properties of the quinoa husk extract—which just so happens to be a key ingredient in this nightly leave-on serum. The formula helps accelerate the skin’s cell turnover process, revealing fresher, smoother, younger-looking skin.
This exfoliating scrub—suitable for all skin types—is formulated with small pieces of actual pineapple and papaya fruit, as well as finely ground scrub grains, to gently exfoliate the skin. Skin will look and feel noticeable soft, smooth, and clean.
With all the hype around coconut oil these days, chances are you already have this cult-favorite oil in your kitchen cabinet. Even bigger chance you’re already up to speed on all of its amazing skin benefits. Coconut oil is a hydration powerhouse on its own and when mixed into skin care formulas, like this nourishing balm that makes your skin feel and look radiant. We like to add it to the high points of our faces for a subtle glow, or massage it into our cuticles for nourished nail beds.
Pair your avocado toast with a creamy, moisturizing eye treatment formulated with avocado oil. This barely requires any convincing, but just for good measure, it’s worth noting that this blend—boasting a concentrated texture that does not migrate into eyes—hydrates the delicate eye area superbly.
You may not be a fan of cilantro in your food—read: guacamole—but the same will likely not be said about this nighttime mask that defends against impurities and environmental aggressors. With continued use, dull skin is renewed, radiant and protected against the visible effects of pollution. Big city dwellers, this one’s calling your name.
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant used for centuries to help brighten the appearance of dull, fatigued skin. That’s why it comes as no surprise that this facial mask—formulated with cranberry extract, micronized cranberry seeds, and turmeric extract—does just that. Recharge your skin’s youthful glow and help restore a rosy-looking appearance over time.
Cucumber has long been recognized for its beneficial uses to the skin. It’s extremely cooling and refreshing. No surprise here, cucumber fruit extract can also be found in many skin care products, like this mild toner by Kiehl’s. Ideal for dry and sensitive skin types, the alcohol-free formula leaves skin soft, clean, and soothed.
Chock-full of skin-benefiting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, oatmeal has been used for decades in skin care. Its high levels of fat make it a potent skin hydrator, which is why you’ll find plenty of moisturizing skin care products formulated with the ingredient. Our recommendation? Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Oatmeal Bar Soap. Powered by almond oil and oatmeal, this bar soap gently exfoliates and helps soften dry skin,
Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants that can help protect your skin from damaged induced by free radicals. As a recap, free radicals can latch onto your skin and break down collagen and elastin leading to more visible signs of aging. Our favorite pomegranate-rich skin care product is Kiehl’s Glow Formula Hydrator, a facial moisturizer that instantly illuminates the skin In addition, this glow elixir helps visibly diminish the look of dullness for an energized, healthy-looking glow.
Although research on acai berries is still fairly limited, the antioxidant-rich fruit has been touted as a superfood in skin care products. Lucky for us, the options for acai-formulated skin care formulas are endless, but we remain partial to one product in particular: Carol’s Daughter’s Acai Hydrating Foaming Face Wash. Formulated for dry and parched skin, this hydrating face wash deeply moisturizes, soothes, and calms the skin.
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