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Life's big events provide great incentives for adopting new healthier routines, whether that's a change in diet or a more regular workout regime. Since you're likely to start paying more attention to what you're putting into your body in the lead up to your wedding day, it's also a good time to start reconsidering what you're putting on it -- especially where skin care is concerned. Did you know that certain superfoods can be just as beneficial for your skin as they are for the rest of your body? According to Charmaine Cooper, lead educator at Dermalogica Canada, nutrient-rich ingredients commonly found in trendy superfoods have long been on the radar of skin care professionals as topical treatments.
"Superfoods support the internal health of the body, which includes our internal organs. However, only about 10 percent of what we ingest, makes its way to the outer organ of the body: the skin," Cooper explains. "The majority of those ingested nutrients work to support internal functions and our internal organs. Since our skin is the largest and most outer organ of our body, it undergoes a lot of assault. Pollution, harsh climates, UV radiation are among the few elements that we are dealing with daily. The skin also secretes toxins that have been accumulated and loses daily nutrients and moisture that it naturally possesses. It is therefore crucial to skin health that we apply nutrients topically that support the daily function of the skin." She adds that many of the nutrients available in antioxidant-rich food that you also see cropping up in skin care products are nutrients that the skin should have normally produced on its own, but with age, lifestyle and the weather, the production of key nutrients decreases.
We've rounded up three of the hottest new superfood ingredients out there that are also great for your skin.
What is it? A pod-like tropical fruit that contains sticky sweet and sour edible pulp.
What does it do? "Tamarind seed extract is rich in polysaccharides," Cooper explains. "It possesses a similar structure to hyaluronic acid and is therefore abundant in its source of hydration for the skin. It also prevents trans-epidermal water loss."
Where can you find it? Tamarind seed extract is a key ingredient in Dermalogica's Sound Sleep Cocoon, a revitalizing gel-cream designed to be applied at night to help skin stay hydrated while it works to repair, rebuild and recover from the stresses of the day.Photo via iStockphoto
What is it? A fermented sweet black tea.
What does it do? Rich in vitamins and organic acids produced through the fermentation process, kombucha is thought to offer protection against skin-damaging pollutants and free radicals while enhancing skin luminosity, reducing the look of fine lines and pores, improving elasticity, and enhancing skin tone, texture and moisture levels.
Where can you find it? Kombucha is centre stage in Fresh's Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence. This age-delay product, which is applied after cleansing morning and night, is designed to protect skin from pollution and promote a youthful clarity while fading fine lines.Photo via iStockphoto
What is it? The fruit of a coconut palm, which is filled with fatty, nutrient-dense meat.
What does it do? Packing with essential fatty acids and vitamin E, coconut oil hydrates skin while delivering antioxidants to fight the signs of aging.
Where can you find it? Kopari's line of coconut skincare products celebrate the tropical fruit and its many beneficial properties. Start by removing impurities with the company's cleansing oil, then balance pH levels and tighten pores with the Coconut Rose Toner. Finish by replenishing nutrient levels and hydrating while strengthening skin's protective barrier with the Coconut Face Cream.
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