If you’ve heard about Superfoods but you don’t really know what they are, or how they fit into your skincare routine, then we’ve got you covered in our guide to Superfoods and why your skin needs them.
What are Superfoods?
Superfoods are mostly plant-based foods that are filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are great for your health. They’re nutritionally dense and good for your body. Because they’re packed with antioxidants they help to stop free radical damage, which can be caused by air pollution, sunlight, smoking, alcohol and pesticides.
This includes your skin. Free radicals are responsible for causing oxidative stress, which leads to a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. These two proteins are essential for a healthy, glowing complexion, so when your collagen and elastin is broken down it can lead to signs of premature ageing like fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and sagging skin.
By using Superfoods in your skincare routine, as well as your diet, your skin’s protected and nourished. This helps fight signs of ageing and reduce skin damage while helping you to get your glow on.
Let’s take a closer look at some of our fave Superfoods and what they bring to your health, wellbeing and skin.
Spotlight on Superfoods
The great news is that there are a lot of different fruits, vegetables and seeds out there that are considered to be Superfoods. They’re important for a balanced diet as well as great skin.
Broccoli is absolutely packed with nutrients like magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, selenium, vitamin C, E, K and folic acid. It’s also filled with antioxidants like lutein and other carotenoids, which are amazing for protecting your skin. It also contains bioactive compounds that could potentially promote healing and support detox.
When it comes to your skin, broccoli is filled with antioxidants - including vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zinc and selenium - that work to protect your body and skin from free radical damage. Broccoli also contains sulphur compounds which help your body to produce its own antioxidants.
Passionfruit contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, niacin, and iron. Vitamin A is super-important for your skin, vision and your immune system whereas vitamin C is an important antioxidant that keeps skin damage and inflammation at bay.
Inflammation can be one of the causes of hyperpigmentation and dark spots, especially in melanin-rich skin, so reducing inflammation can be key to a smooth and even-toned complexion.
Mango is another fruit that’s filled with antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin B-6, copper, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin K and vitamin C. These can help your skin to avoid damage and premature ageing, and vitamin C in particular has some amazing benefits for the health of your skin.
Mango’s most commonly used in skincare to protect, revitalise and smooth your skin thanks to the fact it contains vitamin C, copper and vitamin A. Magnesium is also great at reducing oily skin, acne and rosacea while vitamin E is best known for hydrating the skin. Mango can also be great for reducing inflammation and boosting your skin’s natural collagen production.
Sesame seeds can be made into sesame oil, one of the first types of oils ever created by people. When it comes to your skin, sesame seed oil is an amazing anti-inflammatory that supports healing, hydrating and detoxification. It also helps with getting the glow back into your skin thanks to its nutrient-rich blend of vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients.
Sesame seeds contain key nutrients like niacin, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, potassium, copper, magnesium, selenium and beta-carotene. These all have significant benefits for your health, body and skin.
Flax seeds are great for glow, thanks to the fact they’re rich in antioxidants and have a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. This combo protects the skin and can help you hydrate, smooth and lighten scarring for a smooth and radiant complexion. They also help to fight inflammation and irritation (especially in acne-prone skin) as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
These nutrient-rich seeds contain B vitamins, copper, magnesium and phosphorus as well as lignans (an antioxidant) and fatty acids. Lignans, fatty acids and phosphorus are great for keeping your skin balanced, healthy and hydrated.
How to add Superfoods into your skincare routine
Adding nutrient-rich skincare into your daily routine couldn’t be easier. Here are the Superfood skincare heroes that you need to add into your everyday skincare:
Clean Greens Superfood Facial Serum Oil
The Clean Greens Superfood Facial Serum Oil is soothing, nourishing serum filled with omega fatty acids, brightening vitamins and moisturising minerals. It contains Superfood broccoli oil (rich in vitamin A and great for boosting collagen production, skin regeneration and radiance), nourishing hemp seed, green tea oil and tamanu oil to protect and heal the skin. It’s the ideal blend for glowing, radiant skin.
Tomato Tonic Fragrance-Free Superfood Serum
Soothe skin sensitivity, deeply moisturise and calm skin irritations and redness with the Tomato Tonic Fragrance-Free Superfood Facial Serum Oil. This nutrient-rich formula has been created with calming ingredients like antioxidant-rich tomato, nourishing pumpkin and moisturising flaxseed oils that restore and repair your natural skin barrier. Plant-based ingredients such as hydrating red raspberry, softening watermelon and brightening pomegranate oil helps to smooth texture, calm redness and nourish even the most sensitive skin types.