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You are what you eat! Having balanced and nutritious meals improves your overall health and leads to naturally beautiful and healthy-looking skin. Make sure to get your fruits and veggies in! Not only are superfoods beneficial to your diet, but they’re also great for skin when infused into skin care.
Superfoods are normally incorporated into skin care products as extracts to effectively nourish skin. These ingredients are jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, so it’s no wonder that food-based skin care is so popular.
Here are several trendy food ingredients to use on skin!
What’s green, crunchy, tastes like water and is commonly used in facials? Cucumbers! This vegetable is one of the most sought-after natural ingredients in the beauty scene as it’s loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C and folic acid to leave skin clear and youthful-looking. Thanks to its high water content (96% water to be exact), cucumber is capable of boosting skin hydration. It also boasts cooling and soothing properties that are especially suitable for inflamed and sensitive skin. If you’re in need of a quick remedy to de-puff the face, just stock this vegetable in your refrigerator and cut some slices to apply on the desired areas.
As food, mushrooms are either loved or hated, but as skin care ingredients, they just may convert mushroom haters into fans. Fungi-infused products are increasingly making headway in the beauty industry as they work wonders on skin. Mushrooms contain antioxidants to prevent skin aging and reduce inflammation, as well as ceramide to retain moisture by strengthening the skin barrier. Mushrooms are also packed with Vitamin D to treat acne and kojic acid to brighten skin. Adaptogenic types of mushrooms (such as chaga and shiitake mushrooms) are capable of calming stressed skin and protecting it from environmental aggressors.
Commonly used in powder form as a spice in recipes, turmeric stems from the ginger family. This root of the curcuma longa plant boasts antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which have wound-healing benefits. It can also detoxify and exfoliate skin, and soothe skin conditions like eczema. Best of all, turmeric evens skin tone and provides a lit-from-within glow, making it a popular ingredient for a DIY face mask. However, use turmeric sparingly as it’s also a natural dye – you don’t want its orange color staining your skin!
Known for its refreshing flavor, pomegranate is as rejuvenating for skin as it is for your tastebuds. This fruit is loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C to protect skin from free radical damage and promote the regeneration of skin cells in skin’s inner and outer layers. The peels of pomegranates may protect skin against UVB rays, improve hyperpigmentation, promote wound healing and reduce premature skin aging by boosting collagen production. Pomegranate seed oil prevents moisture loss and soothes dry skin. Oily skin types will appreciate the benefits of pomegranate seed oil as it helps to inhibit breakouts and reduce blemishes.
This fruit with a prickly exterior but mouth-wateringly sweet interior is a popular skin care ingredient, typically in oil form to effectively moisturize skin. Like the other fruit and vegetable ingredients mentioned so far, prickly pear is loaded with antibacterial and antioxidant benefits, making it suitable for sensitive skin. Packed with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, this fruit is capable of maintaining skin’s moisture levels. It also features amino acids to stimulate collagen production, and Vitamin K to brighten skin and boost skin elasticity.
The much beloved tropical fruit papaya is a relatively under-hyped skin care ingredient. The sweet fruit contains enzymes called papain that gently exfoliate dead skin cells and prevent acne to reveal a healthy-looking natural glow. Papaya extract is high in Vitamin C, making this ingredient effective in rejuvenating skin and fading dark spots. Other benefits include preventing signs of aging by increasing collagen production and moisturizing skin.
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