Superfoods are no longer confined to cuisine – check out the following skincare products which harness the nutritional power of nature
Kale is packed with vitamins A, B, C and K in addition to antioxidants and phytonutrients. These potent substances help to tighten pores, reduce dark circles and promote collagen production. The oil from this leafy green is used in beauty products to nurture dry, sensitive skin while increasing cell turnover and preventing free-radical damage.
The scent of coconut is always tempting, but this fruit is also included in skincare products for its moisturising qualities owing to its high fat content. You will find organic coconut in plenty of skincare items to enrich the senses and keep skin soft and supple.
CACAO AND COCOA BUTTER
As the purest form of chocolate, cacao is high in antioxidants which help protect the skin and improve hydration for a healthy complexion. Cacao is also high in magnesium, vitamin C and the fatty acid Omega 6, which help promote cell repair and rejuvenation.
Cocoa butter is another chocolate derivative which is great for the skin, helping to moisturise even the toughest of areas on the body, including elbows and heels. The saturated fats in cocoa butter quickly absorb into the skin, and continue to demonstrate their moisturising effect for hours.
The soothing effect of chamomile tea is well-known, but this plant also features in many skincare products owing to its anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic properties and antioxidants. These substances are particularly suited for use on aggravated skin, helping to soothe and improve its appearance.
A regular cup of coffee energises your brain with caffeine in the morning, and it appears that your skin can also benefit from this revitalising power. Keep an eye out for exfoliators with ground coffee – the coarse texture buffs away dead skin cells easily. Rub the exfoliator onto your skin in circular, round motions to stimulate blood flow – this can help to combat cellulite and acne. Coffee is also packed with antioxidants, helping to combat imperfections and signs of ageing caused by free radicals which damage cells.
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