Whether it’s putting snail essence on our faces or dousing our skin in the latest acids, we’ll try almost anything in the hopes of glowing skin - though we often wonder if piling on the chemicals is actually doing more harm than good. That’s why we’re loving the newest trend to hit skincare: natural super ingredients that are good enough to eat.
Every hipster’s fave salad ingredient has broken into the skincare world – good news for those of us who would rather wear it than eat it. The vitamin-packed superfood naturally hydrates your skin and reduces dark circles, and also calms redness and inflammation. Now that’s one vegetable we can get on board with.
One of the more unexpected ingredients to find in your skincare cabinet, mushrooms are actually a powerful antioxidant that prevent pigmentation, improve hydration and promote healthy collagen. They’ve been a staple in traditional Asian medicine for centuries, and it’s so loved that many J-Beauty brands use it instead of hyaluronic acid.
Pomegranates, like berries, are rich in vitamin C and work to restore the skin’s natural barrier, making it more resilient against bacteria and external factors. When applied topically, pomegranates naturally brighten the skin, making it perfect for those of us that have sun damage from falling asleep on the beach. Oops.
The beauty community has been obsessed with coconuts for quite a while, and for good reason. Soaking your hair in coconut oil leads to glossy, hydrated locks (which smell amazing), while using coconut-rich body lotions soothes cracked skin and forms a protective layer against environmental aggressors. Just be sure to use it in moderation, as its thick texture can clog pores if it’s overused.
Chances are your mum has been a long-time lover of rosewater, especially if you’re from the Middle East – but it’s now making its way to the mainstream because of its soothing properties. Though suitable for all skin types, it works extremely well for sensitive skin as it reduces redness – that's why your eyebrow lady uses it to calm your skin post wax.
There’s a reason acai bowls are so popular – berries are packed with wrinkle-fighting vitamin C which attacks free radicals and promotes youthful skin. The powerful fruit also brightens discolouration and reduces the appearance of acne scars. They’re also antibacterial, meaning they’re great for those of us living in big cities with high pollution levels.
Our breakfast-BFF is hopping off our toast and onto our faces, but not in the usual forgot-to-put-the-lid-on-the-blender way. The combination of vitamins E, D and A means it’s a not only a great moisturiser for those with dry, itchy or inflamed skin, but it also reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
We know too much coffee can be bad for you (heart palpitations and anxiety, anyone?) but hear us out – it’s time to add that caffeine kick to your skincare routine. Caffeine is a powerful antioxidant and helps to protect the skin against UV radiation. It’s especially effective in eye creams, as it constricts blood vessels, which in turn decreases puffiness and the appearance of dark circles, making you look much more awake than you feel.
We’re no stranger to the charcoal trend – we’ve seen it in ice-cream, burgers and lemonade, but it can also do wonders for your skin. Activated charcoal acts like a vacuum and draws out all the nasties, like dirt, leftover makeup and bacteria, leaving you with clearer skin and tighter pores. Plus it’s perfect for that face mask ‘gram (just in case you were wondering).