Quinoa: The Superfood is Super in Skin Care

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Quinoa has become a popular pasta, meat and carb swap in the U.S., and now the heart-healthy grain is also spending time in the spotlight as a serious skin- and hair-care ingredient—thanks to its bevy of nourishing properties and its ability to gently exfoliate. Here are some powerful products that make use of the superstar.

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Priding itself on natural and therapeutic products made from wild-crafted ingredients, England’s cheeky Cowshed line never takes itself too seriously, except when it comes to the efficacy of its products—a goal not lost on its popular Quinoa Hydrating Daily Moisturiser. The mega-hydrator utilizes soothing chamomile essential oil and balancing geranium but the real standout (as the name suggest) is quinoa, which, according to the company, delivers vitamins, minerals and free radical–fighting fatty acids to the skin.

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When used in hair care, quinoa (look for it in the form of hydrolyzed quinoa protein on the ingredient label) has the ability to bind to the hair to protect it while providing hydration (think of it working to smooth and add shine similar in a way to silk protein). That’s a long list of benefits, and Rusk Texture Spray totally delivers thanks to a mix of quinoa, silk amino acids and keratin. The dry finishing spray adds texture, volume and shape, but leaves hair soft, not sticky.

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Described as a line devoted to “technical innovation with a natural twist,” Decleor’s Excellence de L’Age products pack in active plant ingredients in decadent smell-good formulations—plus they draw on the power of quinoa, which the brand says provides anti-aging nourishment. The Regenerating Eye and Lip Cream is no exception, as it takes your standard lip balm and eye cream and merges it together into one hard-working multitasker that firms and treats wrinkles
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Neuma neuSmooth Revitalizing Masque’s version of quinoa protein helps to not only repair and protect, but actually as the ability to penetrate hair to repair and moisturize, according to the company. As an added bonus, the calming masque is loaded with plant extracts, essential oils and nutrients, but totally void of synthetic fragrances, sulfates and parabens.

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Think your hand soap only serves the purpose of cleansing? Think again. Nourish Organic’s Hand Wash line (there are six fragrances and they are all organic) feed and treat the skin, thanks in part to healing quinoa protein, which works with coconut milk to moisturize, nourish and replenish. The brand even says you can keep on washing and never irritate your skin.

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The summer months can leave any type of hair looking dry and dull—and, for those of us who suffer from frizz, the hotter weather also comes along with the challenge of taming bigger (and not usually better) strands. Amazon Beauty’s Rahua Voluminous Conditioner is perfect for those styles that want some body and bounce but still need to fight the frizz. The 100-percent organic formula uses exotic oils and gluten-free quinoa sourced from South America that the brand says helps improve texture and increase hair’s elasticity. It leaves hair silky-smooth, plus it’s perfect for those that suffer from gluten allergies.

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Extremely rich and amazingly hydrating with an exotic woodsy-fresh fragrance to boot, AYPA Quinoa Nourishing Body Cream nourishes and strengthens skin and leaves it feeling incredibly soft to the touch.

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