StyleNest’s Beauty Bird shares her skin detox secrets with her roundup of super power skincare ingredients.
I’m not really a detox kinda gal, but what I have been doing to compensate for the over-indulgence of the festive season is getting all superfooded up. You name it, it’s gone in my blender, and I’ve been drinking smoothies that are so power-packed I almost have my pre-Christmas energy back.
Superfoods aren’t just for the inside though. In keeping with my kale-liquidising resolution I have been looking for beauty products that use antioxidant packed ingredients like the ones in my fridge. Here are my favourite five…
New from Clarins this month is Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream (£25), which contains the superfood mango, one of my favourite fruits. I ate mango by the truckload when I was pregnant, and I realise now that might have been because it is packed with vitamin C, fibre, polyphenols, and pro-vitamin A carotenoids. I love how soothing and fragrant this cleanser is, yet it cuts through makeup like a squirt of Flash on your kitchen surfaces. Gorgeous.
Also in the Clarins cleanser is moringa, which is the main ingredient in my other new find: Moringa Body Butter (£13) from The Body Shop. I’ve been putting moringa oil in my smoothies as I’ve read the lengthy list of health benefits that come from this plant. The body butter is just divine, meltingly soft with a light floral scent and perfect for rough winter elbows.
Replacing mince pies on my shopping list is baobab, a superfruit powder containing vitamins, minerals and fibre. From Minvita (the same place I get the powder from) also comes Baobab Body Oil (£35), a cold-pressed oil made from the seeds of this African fruit. It smells natural, rather than perfumy, which is what you’d expect really, and goodness me does it soften those post-shower limbs.
Fushi know their oils, and I love that all of theirs can be used ‘inside and out’. My new favourite is Pomegranate Seed Oil (£18.50) which I have been using as a night-time face oil and then popping a teaspoon into my smoothies the next morning.
Finally, for my currently perma-frizzy hair comes another superfood in the form of quinoa, a grain that contains more protein than all other grains so is great for damaged hair. I found it in Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair (£20.50), the only thing in my shower that’s sorting out the January tangles right now. Go on, power yourself up…