As superfoodies know, it was only a matter of time before beauty brands started to roll out products with kale. But, luckily, this trend isn’t just a packaging fad. It turns out that there’s a laundry list of reasons why our favorite leafy green is good for beauty.
“Kale is a fantastic superfood,” says celebrity lifestyle and wellness expert at Vertical Wellness Shanna Israel. “Including it into your diet and your beauty regimen provides a lot of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that help rejuvenate your skin.”
So what exactly can you expect when you apply the super ingredient to your skin? Cosmetic chemist Ginger King gave us the rundown. “Kale is full of vitamin A for anti-aging, vitamin C for collagen synthesis, and vitamin K for dark circles and puffiness under the eye. It is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals. Additionally, it is also a source of sulfur, which can help to reduce skin redness and blemishes. Kale is also a source of copper, which in a good way can help to boost melanin synthesis for sun protection and give a healthy glow.”
Now that we know what kale can do for us, here are a few products to add to your beauty regimen:
Nails Inc. Nailkale
Kale for your nails! This base coat is full of all the vitamins (A, C and E) that are found in kale, but the rest of the details on how this potent polish is supposed to benefit your nails are still a mystery. The brand also tapped Alexa Chung to promote the line—it only makes sense for It Girl to rep an It Ingredient, right? Look for it on shelves this fall.
Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum
This serum takes advantage of kale’s high antioxidant content to help improve the appearance of skin elasticity and hydration. In addition to kale, it contains citrus fruit oils to tone and replenish the skin, avocado to relieve dryness and hydrolyzed botanical hyaluronic acid to plump the skin. $100, eminenceorganics.com
Lovinah Kale Chia Berry Body Serum
This serum for the body contains all the antioxidants, inflammatory agents and vitamin in Kale. It absorbs quickly and moisturizes deep into the skin. $35, lovinah.com ($35)
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