Spinach, spirulina, Acai berries green tea & chia seeds. Just some of the ingredients found in new skin care launches for 2018, admittedly they sound more like the recipe for a smoothie or acai bowl than a beauty product. The food industry has shouted the benefits of superfoods for the past few years, and now the beauty industry is getting onboard and utilising the power of healthy food ingredients to produce some incredible skin care products.
Skin Republic have harnessed the power of more than 10 superfoods and partnered this with Charcoal, one of 2017 biggest skincare successes to create its Detox Charcoal + 10-superfood formula face sheet mask
Here is a run down of why superfoods are so beneficial to skin health and radiance.
Why it’s great: Spirulina assists faster cell turnover that helps skin heal faster. It wards off free radicals and eliminates toxins from the skin to increase skin metabolism. It also prevents candida overgrowth that can cause acne breakouts.
Why it’s great: Quinoa contains lysine, a key building block in the synthesis of elastin and collagen. Lysine is an essential nutrient which cannot be synthesized by the body, hence it must be provided by diet or topical application. Quinoa contains high levels of riboflavin which provides elasticity to the skin to give it softness and resiliency.
Why it’s great: packed with antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-kryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. These free radical quenching compounds provide significant protection for your skin from the environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.
Why it’s great: Acai berries contain high levels of antioxidants helping to prevent aging. Acai berries are also rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E helping to repair damaged cells and rejuvenate the skin.
Why it’s great: Chia seeds are rich in vitamin E. Which is a powerful antioxidant that combats inflammation and wrinkles. It keeps your skin supple, smooth, and soft.
Why it’s great: The antioxidants and polyphenols present in tea can protect your skin from premature aging and wrinkle formation. Scientific studies have found that black tea reduces the expression of the gene that creates a collagen degrading enzyme. Concluding that black tea was a more effective anti-wrinkle agent as compared to other teas
Why it’s great: Rosehip seeds are potent antioxidants, which we know keep us young by combating free radical damage (our skin's worst enemy). Rosehip seed oil is also rich in vitamin A, the number one vitamin for anti-ageing.
Hemp seed oil
Why it’s great: Rich in omega-6 fatty acid, hemp oil is is effective in treating dry skin, as it adds hydration it also draws more oxygen to it, which makes it a good treatment for dry, irritated skin. Hemp oil can also bring down the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks.
Why it’s great: Green Tea extract is another ingredient that is naturally rich in antioxidants. It has also been shown that Green Tea has the ability to rejuvenate old skin cells that are at the end of their life cycle, with the added benefit of having anti-inflammatory properties.
Why it’s great: Cacao (pronounced ka-cow) is the raw bean that is roasted and often fermented to make the chocolate you know and love. Amazingly raw organic cacao has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage so can help fight ageing and even repair previous damage.
Why it’s great: An excellent skin purifier charcoal acts as a magnet to draw out dirt, oil and bacteria from the skin’s pores. Activated charcoal is so effective that its proven to adsorb 200 times its own mass. Helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne.
Supercharge your superfoods by applying our mask and making yourself a Skin Republic Superfood smoothie, a double hit of ingredients working from the inside out to achieve health nourished, soft & protected skin.
- 100g frozen acai berry blend
- 1 banana
- half a small avocado
- 2 teaspoons rose hip powder
- 1-2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- half a teaspoon spirulina powder
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons shelled hemp seeds
- 2 teaspoons cacao nibs
- maple syrup
Blend smoothie ingredients for 1-2 minutes.
Add almond milk for your preferred consistency.
This is where you get creative!
Pour the gorgeous smoothie into your favourite bowl and sprinkle with toppings, to your heart’s desire. Add a drizzle of maple syrup to finish.
Enjoy with a fresh cup of green or black tea.