With so many fancy ingredients dominating the skincare aisles, it can be hard to decipher what’s good from what’s a gimmick. So this week, we’ve turned to the ultimate beauty expert, Mother Nature, to help us understand what “from the earth” ingredients are the best to maintain a healthy glow from head to toe. Here are our ultimate picks for foolproof, stunning skin that’s good enough to eat.
You might avoid it at the beach, but seaweed is actually chock full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. When used in a body wrap, this powerhouse sea plant can draw excess fluid and waste from the skin, making it a fabulous and functional pre-spring beauty treatment. Living in the ocean is tough, but seaweed can regenerate itself at a rate of nearly 24 inches per day. This amazing ability makes seaweed a free radical fighting superstar, protecting the skin from dryness and premature aging.
They are fun to carve and yummy when roasted with olive oil and thyme, but pumpkin is so much more than just a fall favorite. This seasonal vegetable has one of the most powerful concentrations of enzymes in the produce family and when applied to the skin, it goes to work like a powered-up Pac-man. A favorite ingredient in facials, pumpkin enzyme digests built up dead skin cells, allowing fresh cells to come to the surface for a gorgeous glow. Pass the pie, please!
A chocolate treat without the calories? Count us in! When used in a massage or body treatment, cocoa works to stimulate collagen production while caffeine content energizes the skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite. It’s also an amazing skin softener and the scent is a proven mood booster. Why? Cocoa has an exceptionally high concentration of endorphins and serotonin, two brain chemicals that make us feel happy. Good for the body and the brain? Tick and tick!
We know oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are good to eat, but did you know that they also offer amazing skin benefits? Concentrations of Vitamin C work to diminish sun spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which is great news for all of you sun worshippers. As a facial treatment, Vitamin C is also a phenomenal brightening agent, giving the skin a beautiful, healthy look while evening out tone and reducing redness.
Mud and Clay
They’re definitely not the most glamorous ingredients, but mud and clay offer an ultra rich concentration of minerals and antioxidants that draw impurities right out of the skin. A popular choice for body wraps and facial masks, these straight out of the earth ingredients pack a one-two punch for getting rid of all the yucky impurities that work to destroy our complexion without leaving the skin dry or irritated. For acne sufferers, mud and clay are brilliant natural oil absorbers too.