By now you’re probably pretty familiar with the idea of superfoods—and if you’re not, here’s the scoop. Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that are really good for your health and well-being, and they’ve been having a serious moment as of late. Acaí bowls are everywhere, you can hardly hit up a salad spot without encountering kale, and quinoa has become as much of a kitchen staple as flour and sugar.
More recently though, we’ve noticed that the superfoods once reserved for our refrigerators have been making their way into our beauty regimens. While you can probably guess which superfood is our favorite (coconut oil, anyone?) we’ve been making a conscious effort to incorporate as many of them as possible into our daily skincare routines. As the old adage goes—“If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin”—and it’s no secret that we’re big fans of products that are made with the purest intentions. Think fruit-filled face masks and night creams that could (almost) double as dessert. Here are a few of our favorite superfoods found in skincare, why they’re good for you and where to get them.
What it is: Coconut oil
Why it’s good for you: Where to begin!? There are so many reasons why coconut oil is beneficial for your face, skin and hair. Coconut oil contains restorative proteins, antioxidants like vitamin E, and good-for-you fatty acids to keep skin hydrated.
Where to get it: Our OG Coconut Melt, for starters. But you can also find coconut oil in the rest of our Multitaskers, as well as in our body care and skincare lines. Our coconut melt is 100% organic and sourced from small, sustainable family farms in the Philippines.
What it is: Papaya
Why it’s good for you: Papayas are packed with enzymes that are known for their exfoliating qualities. They do this by digesting dead skin cells on top of the skin as well as the ones trapped deep in pores—so any of the stuff that scrubs can’t reach, papaya enzymes will.
Where to get it: This Kate Somerville Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is an enzymatic exfoliator containing papaya, pineapple and pumpkin enzymes that leave skin glowing.
What it is: Kiwi
Why it’s good for you: Oranges are often lauded for their high amounts of vitamin C, but kiwis actually contain more! Vitamin C brightens skin and promotes skin cell regeneration, which keeps your skin looking youthful. Kiwis also contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm acne and breakouts.
Where to get it: Kiwi fruit makes for a great base ingredient for at-home face masks. Here are ten different recipes, containing ingredients you’ll likely find in your fridge or fruit basket!
What it is: Blueberry
Why it’s good for you: Blueberries are high in antioxidants that protect skin from free radicals which cause aging and are associated with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Blueberries are also a great source of phytonutrients which allow for optimal cellular function.
Where to get it: This Blueberry Night Recovery Cream from Eminence Organic Skincare is deeply moisturizing and smells incredible.