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Superfoods are like the “It Bag” of the nutrition world. As soon as one is deemed “in,” it’s no sooner declared “out” and replaced with an even better source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. “What you eat is a very important part of overall health, and superfoods are a wonderful source of antioxidants that protect our cells from damage that impairs their function,” explains Beverly Hills dermatologist, Zein Obagi, MD.
Once a fruit, vegetable or grain achieves “superfood” status, it’s only a matter of time before it gets included in a skincare product—but can these nutrient-dense foods benefit the health and appearance of our skin when applied topically? “There’s no substitute for proven anti-aging ingredients like retinol and growth factors,” explains Dr. Obagi, “But you can’t give your skin too many free-radical fighting antioxidants.”
Youth to the People Kale + Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Age Prevention Cleanser ($36)
The ingredients may be almost identical, but no, this isn’t the green juice you drank for breakfast. Rather it’s a gel-based cleanser that feeds your skin antioxidants as it effectively removes dirt, makeup and excess oil. It’s also 100% vegan and free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, soap, fragrance and added color—and it looks pretty chic on your countertop.
emerginC Scientific Organics Spirulina Toner ($30)
Spirulina is an acquired taste, so why not try to get the beauty benefits of this blue-green algae by applying it directly to your face? In addition to the amino acids, linoleic acid, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants spirulina is known for, this gentle, alcohol-free toner also contains kombucha, green tea, white tea to provide even more protection against free-radical damage—without the need for swallowing.
Elemis Superfood Facial Oil ($72)
This relatively new product turns to broccoli, flax seed and Daikon radish to nourish and hydrate your skin. In addition to an array of antioxidants, the lightweight, non-greasy formula features plenty of the omega fatty acids that are essential for a healthy skin barrier, which helps prevent moisture loss and maintain a smooth, radiant, youthful-looking complexion.
June Jacobs Cranberry Pomegranate Moisture Mask ($18)
Both cranberries and pomegranates are lauded for their high concentrations of flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants, and this mask (in a perfectly-portable pouch) is chock full of both. With hydrating shea butter and sunflower seed oil—plus the free-radical-fighting power of green, red and white teas, goji berry and grape seed extracts—just five to 10 minutes are all your skin needs to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Valentina’s Naturals Superfood Antioxidant Serum ($28)
Though billed as a serum, this oil-based blend gets its hydrating and skin-strengthening properties from shea and argan while tapping into pomegranate and acai oils for serious antioxidant protection and skin-regenerating results. Rife with omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals as well, it’s well-suited for all skin types looking for an all-natural, organic, non-GMO, cruelty-free and formulated without phthalates or synthetic ingredients.
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Vital Greens Face Mist ($18)
Like a superfood-based snack for your skin (and literally a green juice for your face), use this mist anytime, anywhere for a soothing, cooling, refreshing treat. Featuring a blend of kale, spinach, cucumber and spirulina, it helps reset your complexion with moisture and antioxidants—and it drastically boosts your makeup’s hang-time.
Aethern Advanced Skin Beauty Program ($295)
Still not sold on applying a veritable salad to your face? Available exclusively through dermatologists, selected medspas and Warren Tricomi Salons, this new beauty consumable hailing from Barcelona delivers your daily dose of superfood-derived antioxidants (plus collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, silicon and other good-for-your-skin ingredients) the old-fashioned way: Through your mouth. Taken like a shot (it tastes like grape) or mixed into water or any other beverage, AETHERN is backed by clinical studies that show its anti-aging ingredients help improve the appearance of wrinkles and boost skin moisture levels.
Note: Aethern products were provided for review. Opinions are my own.