Superfoods are a group of foods given a “superpower” because they’re a source of many nutrients, such as protein, vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants. That’s why they’re gaining prominence in both our kitchens and skin care treatments.
Remember, although these superfoods are beneficial for your skin and body, they’re not miracle products, but rather, complementary to a healthy lifestyle.
Açai: antioxidant power
This exotic purple fruit from Brazil is a unique cocktail of vitamins A, C, and minerals. Its revitalising power is used in cosmetics to brighten and soothe sensitive or damaged skin.
This superfood stands out for its high antioxidant content, including ferulic acid. Antioxidants protect the skin by neutralising free radicals (present in the environment) which damage the cells. Ideal properties for sunscreen or post-shave products.
Chia Seeds: a source of Omega-3
This is a very well-known superfood thanks to its nutrients and vitamins, which make it a great source of fibre and calcium. This combination helps to keep the cells hydrated, as well as brightening and revitalising the skin.
It also contains over 60% omega-3, which helps with collagen synthesis, significantly improving skin elasticity, stimulating cell regeneration and reducing expression lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Avocado: green gold
Exceptionally rich in omega-3 and omega-6, vitamins A, E, C, K, and many from the B group, it’s an excellent antioxidant that helps to neutralise ageing of the skin and hair cells, making it a true superfood.
This vegetable oil is extracted from the stone and flesh of the avocado (Persea Gratissima) and is very easily absorbed. Thanks to its ability to deeply nourish the skin and increase its flexibility, it’s used to treat dry areas, such as heels, and can act on stretch marks.
Goji Berries: pure Vitamin C
These are extraordinarily rich in nutrients, containing 21 trace elements, 18 amino acids, 4 times more vitamin C than kiwis or oranges, and more beta-carotene than carrots. They’re included in energising and revitalising treatments, as they improve the appearance of fatigued, dull and wrinkled skin, providing more of a glow and luminosity.
Coconut: natural energy
Coconut water contains very important vitamins, such as vitamins A, B and E, as well as numerous minerals that prevent tissue dehydration. The best way to take advantage of all this superfood’s properties is in tonic-type products, which are applied directly to the skin, or using a cotton wool pad.
You can also benefit from the nourishing properties of this superfood; it’s a perfect ally for very dry skin in need of extra hydration.
Spirulina: direct from the sea
This superfood is full of microorganisms, algae and other elements that can do wonders for your skin. It’s rich in B vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, potassium and iron.
This microalga can be found in marine waters and is in high demand in Korean cosmetics. Algae are especially recommended for treating dry or damaged skin that has suffered as a result of external agents, such as the cold, stress, dryness or irritation.
Matcha Green Tea: age-old tradition
Legend has it that the Japanese island of Okinawa has the world’s longest life expectancy thanks to Matcha tea. This green tea is the best ally for achieving healthy skin, thanks to its high antioxidant power. Its richness in catechins prevents premature skin ageing, delaying the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.