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Skin Food

By Nicole Saunders

Skin Food
MiNDFOOD STYLE beauty editor, Nicole Saunders, chooses her favourite superfood beauty ingredients.

BERRY GOOD

They may be small, but berries contain a load of goodness. Anthocyanins, a type of pigmented flavonoid that gives blackberries, blueberries and raspberries their vivid colours, are rich in antioxidants and could reduce inflammation and boost collagen levels.

TRY: Ole Henriksen Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask ($50 from Sephora); Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum with raspberry stem cells ($354).

BITE-SIZED BEAUTY

Rich in vitamin B, D, selenium and zinc, it was only a matter of time before mushrooms started sprouting up in our beauty routines. These bite-sized beauties help reduce inflammation, assist with healing wounds and protect against signs of ageing.

TRY: Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask ($66); Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 25 with cordyceps mushroom extract ($105).

TEA TIME

Linden Leaves founder Brigit Blair has long sworn by the benefits of China white tea, which is why it’s the star ingredient in many Linden Leaves products. “White Tea contains five times more antioxidants than green tea,” Blair explains. It’s packed with antioxidants and, according to a study in the Experimental Dermatology journal, both green tea and white tea extracts can protect against UV damage when applied topically.

TRY: Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Hand Cream with white tea ($23.90); Linden Leaves Miraculous Facial Oil with organic white tea ($64.99).

SWEET AS The use of honey to treat wounds dates back thousands of years, and it’s still popular today. It’s not only anti- inflammatory and antibacterial, it’s a natural humectant that helps skin retain moisture. BeeBio Nectar V Shaping Serum ($139); Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Serum with clover blossom honey ($115).

PLANT A SEED

Chia seeds already have a home in our pantries and now beauty houses are discovering the potential of this nutrient-rich food. These seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, B-vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants.

TRY: Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil ($23.99); Clinique Deep Comfort Body Oil with chia seeds and jojoba oil ($70).

IN A FERMENT

Fermented foods are starting to appear in our skincare as science explores the role the protective and antimicrobial properties probiotics can play in beauty routines.

TRY: Murad Advanced Acne & Wrinkle Reducer with Kombucha Defense ($110); The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner ($80).

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