We’re lovers of all things food & all things botanical. In the middle of a vitamin D drought winter, give into your skin cravings and check out some of our favourite new superfoods we’re incorporating in to our skincare this winter to help deliver clear & dewy complexions for all.
One of the most researched medicinal plants in history and a key ingredient in Asian diets for millennia. Turmeric has played a strong role in Chinese & Ayurvedic medicine and has been utilised in skincare for centuries.
At risk of getting lost in the seemingly infinite properties and benefits, we thought we’d delve into a few of our favourite reasons why turmeric should be one of your skincare staples.
Turmeric (also called Curcumin) contains antibacterial properties, which is great for inhibiting the growth of spot-causing bacteria. So, great for acne prone skin.
- Reduce Blemishing
The anti-inflammatory properties found in turmeric means it reduces redness and accelerates the healing process of spots or acne – get a clearer complexion faster. It is also said to contain properties that lighten pigmentation and lead to a more even skin tone.
- Oily Skin Correction
Turmeric regulates the skins production of sebum – an oily substance produced in the skin by the sebaceous glands. It’s a perfect ingredient if you suffer from oily skin, as it controls and reduces oil production.
- Kind to Sensitive Skin
Turmeric is mineral rich and antioxidant rich = super soothing for those of us with skin on the sensitive side. It provides gentle nourishment and has a soothing effect.
So this isn’t brand new information. A key player in the superfood world, it’s definitely one to utilize Charcoal in skincare throughout autumn and winter. Activated charcoal – carbon which has been treated to increase its absorbency – has been used for centuries in A&E to treat alcohol poisoning because it absorbs toxins in your body before your blood does – it can absorb up to 1000 times it’s weight (pretty impressive stuff!). Similarly in skincare, charcoal is great at drawing out dirt, toxins and impurities. Take a look at a few of our favourite reasons to love charcoal:
- Oil Free
Dirt and bacteria stick to the activated charcoal meaning it pulls out toxins, grease and oils from the skin leaving your face shine free and squeaky clean.
- Reduced Pore Size
Make-up, pollution, sweat and a number of other toxins build up on the skin surface throughout the day and inevitably clog our pores, and clogged pores = unclear complexion. Activated charcoal draws out the toxins that have built up during the day making pores less visible.
- Smooth, Radiant Skin
Due to its ability to draw out toxins in the skin, charcoal can help with spots or acne (depending on the severity) and the healing process. It absorbs the infection and helps to bring down any redness or swelling.
- Teeth Whitening
Okay, so not technically skincare but it’s an interesting hack. Charcoal can be used as a natural, non-abrasive teeth whitener. Because of charcoal’s pulling properties, it doesn’t just bind toxins but also stains and tartar. You can use activated charcoal powder or buy specific charcoal toothpaste or mouthwash. Simply brushing with charcoal might not be enough; gargling with charcoal for 5-10 minutes may be more effective because it enables the charcoal to draw out as much bacteria and stains as possible.
With over 450 organic substances in it, green tea contains an abundance of nutritional values and can be used in a variety of ways. Simply drinking green tea is a great way of healing your skin from the inside out. However, green tea is also fab when infused in certain skincare products. Take a look at our favourite green tea skincare benefits:
- Fights Acne and Spots
Due to the antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds, green tea is great for banishing bacteria and therefore helps in the fight against acne. Also, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it effectively reduces redness and inflammation as a result of breakouts.
- Support Healthy Ageing
High levels of anti-oxidants in green tea helps to stop free radical production – it is those free radicals that damage the skin and break down the amount of collagen. Collagen is essential for keeping the skin supple and youthful!
- Sunburn Relief,
The EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) in Green Tea, widely regarded as one of the most powerful antioxidants, can be effective at reducing redness after sunburn and UVB exposure. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, green tea is also effective at soothing uncomfortable sun damage.
- Reduce Eye Bags
The antioxidants and tannins in green tea help shrink blood vessels around the delicate eye area, alleviating swelling and puffiness.
Harvested from the seeds of rose bushes predominantly found in Chile, rosehip oil has been used for millennia, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, due to its healing properties. Full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, rosehip oil has become increasingly popular. Here’s our top reasons to include rosehip oil in your skincare routine:
- Reduce Scaring
Essential fatty acids help damaged skin to repair itself meaning it is effective at reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Also a great natural way to soothe eczema. Vitamin A in particular is known to enhance skin tone, texture and blemishing.
- Anti-Aging Properties
The anti-oxidants present and the ability to penetrate deep into the skin means that its rejuvenating properties restore elasticity in skin, and repair the skins surface. Great for healthy ageing.
Rosehip oil is extremely moisturising and nourishing without being greasy and minus the chemicals - a natural, healthy and incredibly pure glow without the bad stuff.
- Brightening Skin and Reducing Pores
The astringent properties in rosehip oil help to tighten pores and brighten the skins complexion meaning it makes a great skin toner.