8 Beauty Superfoods From Around the World
By Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director |
Let’s face it: We’re all looking to unlock the secrets to healthy, youthful-looking skin. So, we took a look at global trends, from Japan to Brazil and everywhere in between, to discover eight “beauty superfoods” you should look for in your skin-care products. We promise, you won’t be disappointed with your results.
Skin-Perfecting Benefits: A type of nutrient-dense algae, chlorella is made up of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and fatty acids that help even out skin tone and improve firmness for a more youthful-looking appearance.
Find It In: Acure Organics Argan Stem Cell + Chlorella Growth Factor Brightening Facial Scrub, $10, target.com
Indonesia: Coconut Oil
Skin-Perfecting Benefits: Whether you cook with it or slather it on your skin, antioxidant-rich coconut oil is a true superfood. Touted for its skin-soothing abilities (it drenches dry skin with moisture), this ingredient also has anti-inflammatory benefits, which makes it a great choice for those with eczema.
Find It In: Alba Botanica Very Emollient Coconut Rescue Body Lotion, $15, albabotanica.com
India: Moringa Seed
Skin-Perfecting Benefits: Called the “miracle tree” in parts of Africa and Asia, moringa trees supply seeds (or pods), from which oil is extracted and used to maintain healthy skin. Loaded with an alphabet of vitamins, moringa seed oil is used in skin care due to its ability to get rid of pore-clogging impurities and purify skin. The result: a cleaner, more balanced complexion.
Find It In: Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Foaming Cleansing Wash, $55, beautybar.com
Brazil: Acai Berry
Skin-Perfecting Benefits: Acai powder, an organic extract made from acai berries, is known to absorb a high capacity of free radicals (more than blueberries and pomegranates) and help eliminate bad-for-your-skin toxins. It works to keep collagen and elastin healthy for skin that’s firm and wrinkle-free.
Find It In: Éminence Organic Skin Care Firm Skin Acai Booster-Serum, $56, eminenceorganics.com
Peru: Camu Camu
Skin-Perfecting Benefits: This superfood from South America has been said to contain 30 times the vitamin C of an orange, making it the highest recorded amount in a single food in the world to date. This plethora of vitamin C helps fight off free radicals that accelerate skin aging.
Find It In: Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask, $62, sephora.com
Mexico: Chia Seed
Skin-Perfecting Benefits: People are going crazy for chia and it’s no surprise why. The oil from the seeds is chock-full of linolenic acid and essential omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce oil production and calm skin (great for those with redness). It also helps restore moisture without throwing off your skin's natural oil balance, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Find It In: Perricone MD Chia Serum, $75, perriconemd.com
China: Goji Berry
Skin-Perfecting Benefits: Super antioxidants that help protect and calm skin, goji berries (also known as wolfberries) date back to old Chinese medicine rituals where they were used to boost health and immunity. They may be shriveled up, but their anti-aging effects are potent as can be—they have a high fiber content and strong free radical–fighting abilities.
Find It In: Bluemercury M-61 JetGlow Cream, $92, bluemercury.com
Skin-Perfecting Benefits: Referred to by many health enthusiasts as a supergrain, this protein-packed seed (it comes in white, red and black varieties) is native to the Andes Mountains and remains a key part of the South American diet. In skin care, quinoa is hailed for its high levels of magnesium, which boost cell regeneration to help maintain skin’s elasticity.
Find It In: Orgo Quinoa Eye Crème, $72, beautycirque.com