11 Superfood-Infused Beauty Products to Boost Your Skin and Hair
By Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director |
Superfoods are no longer just found at the grocery store. They're now taking over the beauty aisle too. Whether it's your skin or hair that needs an extra boost of healthy ingredients, these 11 products are the way to get it.
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Superfood: Moringa Seed
Product: FatCo Myrrhaculous Face Oil ($46)
Why we like it: Called the “miracle tree” in parts of Africa and Asia, moringa trees produce seeds from which oil can be extracted and then used in beauty products to transform skin. This anti-aging serum does exactly that thanks to its nutrient-rich ingredient lineup, including moringa seed oil, which helps get rid of pore-clogging impurities and purify skin, and myrrh, which nourishes dry patches. The bonus? A little goes a long way, and there's no greasy residue left behind.
Superfood: Camu Camu
Why we like it: Originally found in South America, the camu camu fruit is praised for its incredible antioxidant capacity—it contains 30 times the vitamin C of an orange! When incorporated into beauty products, like this citrus-scented sleep mask, its high-potency vitamin content helps fight off aging free-radicals and brighten skin to diminish discoloration and acne scars over time.
Product: Aster & Bay Green Glow Mask ($25)
Why we like it: The brand says this mask is like a green smoothie for your face, and we couldn't agree more. Our favorite superfood ingredient in this formula, spirulina, is a blue-green algae that's rich in omega-3 fatty acids to help take down inflammation and repair damaged skin for a healthy glow. Blend that with trendy matcha green tea, spinach, peppermint leaf and French green clay and you've got a skin-detoxifying concoction that's sure to please.
Product: Alterna Bamboo Volume 48-hour Sustainable Volume Spray ($25)
Why we like it: Native to the Andean mountains, maca is considered a superfood because it's one of the only food plants in the world able to thrive at that high altitude. In beauty products, specifically hair care, maca works to energize strands from the inside out to boost volume and lift. This lightweight spray delivers noticeable fullness and claims to last for 48 hours with no sticky or stiff effect, plus, we love the fresh scent it leaves behind.
Product: Youth to the People Age Prevention Cleanser ($36)
Why we like it: Dark, leafy kale is the all-star ingredient in this soap-free gel cleanser that unclogs pores to get rid of daily grime and toxins that dull your skin over time. Use it twice a day for skin that feels clean, but never tight or dry, and with continued use, you'll notice signs of aging start to fade and youthful radiance coming to the surface. It's no wonder this one is a celebrity favorite!
Product: Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Face Wash ($10)
Why we like it: Referred to by many health enthusiasts as a supergrain, this protein-packed seed (it comes in white, red and black varieties) remains a key part of the South American diet, and in skin care, it's hailed for its high levels of magnesium, which boost cell regeneration to help maintain skin’s elasticity. In this gentle cleanser—it's a must-have for sensitive skin—quinoa works to remove environmental pollutants and leave skin feeling clean and rejuvenated. You'll love the fresh, sweet scent too.
Superfood: Sea Buckthorn Oil
Product: Obliphica Professional Seaberry Moisture Cream ($28)
Why we like it: Used in both skin and hair care products, sea buckthorn oil—it's extracted from the small, yellow-orange sea buckthorn berries that grow primarily in the Himalayan Mountains, where locals call them “Holy Fruit”—boasts a long list of uses. One of our favorites is its effect on hair, which it delivers in this smoothing leave-in cream that makes annoying frizz and flyaways things of the past.
Superfood: Maqui Berry
Product: 100% Pure Super Fruits Reparative Cream ($45)
Why we like it: Chock-full of superfruits, one of which being maqui berry—it has a higher antioxidant capacity than acai and blueberries—this all-natural, silky cream sinks into skin on contact to help tackle visible signs of aging like lines and wrinkles, dullness and lack of firmness. Another benefit: It has a yummy fruity scent without the use of any artificial fragrances that can irritate skin.
Superfood: Kakadu Plum
Product: Dermadoctor Kakadu C Brightening Daily Cleanser ($36)
Why we like it: For a bright, clean complexion without the harsh effects of soapy cleansers that can strip away essential oils, reach for this gentle formula that leaves skin feeling soft and fresh. Its key ingredient, kakadu plum, hails from Australia, where its regarded as one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C on Earth. What this means for your skin is more protection against environmental pollutants and free-radical damage that can age you, plus collagen-boosting properties that can help skin regain its youthful bounce.
Superfood: Green Coffee Extract
Why we like it: Different than the coffee you drink, green coffee is extracted from raw, unroasted coffee beans and is one of the most potent forms of natural antioxidants that has been said to promote rapid cell regeneration, energize dull skin and help burn fat. This effective skin polisher uses a blend of caffeine-rich green coffee, hemp seed and mongongo oils to rev up tired, cellulite-prone skin in order to release excess fluid and improve circulation. The result: skin that looks smoother and more toned—it's a great option to have on hand during summer months.
Superfood: Milk Thistle
Product: Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil ($80)
Why we like it: Known for its detoxifying powers, the flowering herb that is milk thistle (some would say it's a weed) produces an extract from its seeds that contains a potent active ingredient called silymarin, a mix of good-for-you flavonoids. Studies show that silymarin contains phytochemicals that work to inhibit UV light–induced oxidative stress on skin (too much of this type of stress can lead to skin cancer and other skin diseases). Designed for oily and acne-prone types, this brand-new face oil includes milk thistle in its formulation for its skin-purifying properties, which help keep pores clean so skin can really glow.