For years, we’ve been taught about the magic powers of “superfoods.” These buzzworthy foods are rich in everything your body needs and loves: antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, collagen, fatty acids, and more. While the focus has generally been on consuming these foods to promote good health, we’d like to shift the focus to your skin. Superfoods for skin are simply incredible. When skincare products contain the extracts of superfoods, such as acai, avocados, tomatoes, or pomegranates, the benefits are endless. From protecting the skin from sun damage to boosting hydration, continue reading for a list of our fave superfoods for your face.
5 Best Superfoods for Healthy Skin
- Green Tea
Green tea kicks off this list because of the powerful antioxidants it contains. Specifically, these antioxidant compounds are called catechins and promote healthy skin in multiple ways. First, green tea has been proven to help protect skin against sun damage. Research also shows that it can hydrate the skin, improve skin’s thickness and elasticity, and soothe the skin, thereby reducing redness.
Acai is what we like to call an anti-aging warrior. This super berry is packed with vitamins A and C. Vitamin A activates skin cell production, while vitamin C boosts collagen production. Together, the result is pure magic (otherwise known as a plump, vibrant, and glowing complexion). In addition to its brightening and anti-aging properties, acai berry is rich in omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. These work to nourish the skin, replacing a dry, dull complexion with supple, firm, youthful skin. What’s not to love?
Pomegranate not only tastes delicious, it works wonders for your face! Thanks to its incredible properties (did you know pomegranate is both an anti-inflammatory and an anti-microbial?), it has quickly made its way into skincare products around the world. More specifically, pomegranate can help with skin issues including dark spots, dry skin, acne breakouts, scars, and hyperpigmentation. First off, pomegranate is rife with vitamin C and omega-5 fatty acid, both of which provide moisture and hydration to the skin. In addition, if you suffer from acne, try working pomegranate into your skincare regimen. It naturally fights bacteria and inflammation, which will help soothe the skin and reduce redness in the event of breakouts, as well as prevent breakouts in the first place.
It may sound obvious, but watermelon is made up of water. In fact, did you know that watermelon is actually 92% water? This makes it an excellent source of hydration for the skin. Watermelon’s high water content has the ability to moisturize, transforming dry, damaged skin into a supple, glowing complexion. Beyond hydration, watermelon is packed with vitamins C and E. These antioxidants have been proven to fight off free radicals and reduce signs of aging.
- Kakadu Plum
This Aussie super fruit is native to northern Australia and is sometimes referred to as gubinge, billygoat plum, or murunga. Whatever you call it, the skin benefits are endless. First off, kakadu plum, and the oil that is derived from it, is deeply soothing. That is because it contains gallic acid, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. This ingredient ultimately has the ability to limit redness, irritation, and inflammation. Further, kakadu plum is chock full of vitamin C (seriously, it contains 50% more vitamin C than an orange!). This vitamin C works to activate collagen production, which in turn, can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and the appearance of hyperpigmentation. One last benefit is the fruit’s antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties restore the skin’s natural barrier while stimulating elasticity in the skin. In essence, kakadu plum can help balance out a complexion, which is especially important for those with acne prone skin.
There’s no time like the present work superfoods into your skincare routine. Dope Skin Co. has a range of products that include superfood extracts. Click here to check them out!