If you’re a long-time TNP reader, you know we fully believe in beauty from the inside out. What you eat and feel inevitably affects your skin; you know which foods will cause breakouts and when to lay off the rosé. But have you ever thought about using your favorite superfoods topically? We plugged three of our favorite skincare superheroes – Joanna Vargas, Rachel Winard, and Emily Cunningham – for their favorite ways to use superfoods in their skincare routines. Find their recommendations below, and prepare to get glowing…
Turmeric is a wonder-herb; the brightly-colored herb can help strengthen the immune system and support liver function – and did you know it can also be hugely beneficial to the skin when applied topically? That’s right! Turmeric can be used as an exfoliant and helps to smooth skin’s texture. It has also been known to aid with eczema and psoriasis, and can even reduce inflammation and acne. We know it might seem strange to apply a mustard-colored powder to your face, but when the benefits are this good, it’s definitely worth it.
From Facialist Joanna Vargas
Make sure to only use organic pure turmeric powder. Some brands unfortunately dilute their turmeric powder, and use dyes to give it that orange vibrant color. This can result in your skin temporarily turning a bit orange. This is one DIY ingredient that must be organic!
Exfoliating Anti-Inflammatory Mask
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1/2 tsp of organic turmeric
1 tbsp of almond meal
This mask multitasks as a super gentle scrub on the skin with the almond meal. Mix all ingredients together. Scrub the mask in gently for about one minute. Then leave on for 10 minutes to let the hydrating anti-inflammatory properties of both coconut oil and turmeric sink in. Remove with a warm cloth.
From Rachel Winard, founder of Soapwalla
Chlorophyll is the molecule that gives plants and algae their green pigment and traps sunlight for photosynthesis. It’s chock full of Vitamins A, C, E and K, and according to OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute, chlorophyllin (chlorophyll derivative) promotes red blood cell production, promoting oxygen delivery to skin tissue. Chlorophyllin has also been used orally as a natural internal deodorant, and topically to treat wounds, for more than 50 years – without side effects. Chlorophyll has also proven effective against candida albicans (fungus), a variety of bacteria, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
These benefits make it ideal for skincare, particularly products looking to treat acne and inflamed skin. When I was formulating our Phosphorescence Facial Mask, I found that no ingredient performed quite as well as chlorophyll to balance and clarify, provide a healthy glow, and exfoliate — all while being gentle enough to use on the most sensitive skin.
From Emily Cunningham, co-founder of True Moringa
Moringa is lightweight, easily absorbed, and ideal for all skin types. It mimics the skin’s natural oil, so it helps to stabilize oil production for those with oily or combination skin and deeply hydrates dry skin long after application. The unique fatty acids, antioxidants, and plant hormones in moringa oil make it ideal for minimizing the signs of premature aging, evening skin tone, soothing redness, and keeping skin healthy and hydrated. It fits into your routine whether you have a 12 step regimen or you like to keep things as simple as possible.
One way to add moringa oil into a basic daily facial care routine is to replace your moisturizer, like in the routine below:
2. While skin is damp, apply one pump of True Moringa Simplicity Oil to fingertips and pat onto cheeks, forehead, and chin.
3. Smooth over nose and lips to finish.
Other uses: Moringa oil makes an incredible makeup base, makeup remover, hair mask, cuticle oil, and massage oil. The leaves of the moringa tree are also incredibly nutritious, packed with protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins. Use the leaf powder together with the oil in our favorite DIY face mask or add moringa leaf powder to your smoothie to nourish glowing skin from within.