Immunity-boosting fruit and vegetables are in demand right now for obvious reasons. But don’t leave your skin out of the stay-at-home self-care revolution…
While supermarket foodie shelves may be thin on the ground, the beauty shelves (virtual ones included) are well-stocked stocked with fruit and veg-packed products that look (and smell) good enough to eat. If you’ve neglected your skincare regime recently, self-isolating is a better excuse than any to get back on track with some wholesome beauty.
From superfood serums to antioxidant tonics, these are the feel-good beauty products to know about.
While some beauty looks good enough to eat, The Beauty Chef’s specialises in edible skincare that most definitely is designed to digest. The bottle might look like it belongs in your larder but this Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost is a bio-fermented probiotic elixir that’s the perfect tonic if you’re recovering from illness (we won’t mention the C-word) or have tired, sallow-looking skin. It’s a concoction that’s rich in papaya leaf, pomegranate, green tea and vitamin E to fight free radicals, as well as pomegranate to stimulate cellular renewal. Think of it as a drink for your face.
BEAUTY DIGEST: Mix a 15ml serve of the Beauty Boost with 200ml of filtered water and consume once daily. You can also add a spoonful to your morning smoothie.
However bad the national avocado shortage gets, don’t be tempted to spread this on your sourdough toast… Glow Recipe’s Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask is designed for your eyes only. Rich in antioxidants including conditioning vitamins E and C, the avocado oil and extract soothes and nourishes your delicate under-eye area. Other hard-working ingredients include caffeine-laced coffeeberry to reduce puffiness and dark circles if your sleep pattern is a little off at the moment.
BEAUTY DIGEST: After cleansing, apply a pea-sized amount to your entire orbital eye area and gently pat into skin using your ring finger. Use nightly before applying your serum.
Treat your face to a superfood diet. Enter Dr. Dennis Gross’ new Skincare B3 Adaptive SuperFoods Stress Rescue Super Serum. Powered by niacinamide (B3), superfood extracts and adaptogens, this topical skin tonic is designed to combat the signs of stress-induced ageing – oh-so appropriate right now. Potent maitake mushroom, maca root, cacao, and goji berry help skin swiftly recover from stress to smooth out worry lines, correct flareups, reduce redness, and strengthen the skin barrier. We’ll take 20 please.
BEAUTY DIGEST: Use daily both morning and night before your regular moisturiser. Massage into clean, dry skin to activate the microcapsule dispersion.
Forget the takeaway smoothie and try out a DIY superfruit recipe to smooth your face instead. Vemel Super Fruit Powdered Clay Mask contains mango, cherry and pink clay to refine your skin so it’s primed for your serum and moisturiser application. Best of all, it’s bespoke so you can find out the exact ratios that your skin loves best. Mix a couple of tablespoons with water or chamomile tea, or blend it with one tablespoon of face serum for a super-charged skin refiner that gets your skin glowing.
BEAUTY DIGEST: In a small bowl, blend together two tablespoons of the mask and three tablespoons of water – chamomile tea also work a treat. Apply generously to your face and neck and leave on for 10 -20 minutes, or until dry.
In the absence of vacation coconuts, slather your face with this Green People Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask for a staycation glow. This deep-cleansing, brightening face mask is sustainably produced using coconut shells that are a by-product of other coconut-based products. With activated charcoal and Alpine Willow to balance oil production, it mattifies the skin and reduces excess oil if your skin is prone to spots and breakouts.
BEAUTY DIGEST: Use weekly. Smooth an even layer of the mask over your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water and follow with your regular serum and moisturiser.