Superfood Beauty: Because SUPERFOODS aren’t just for eating

Sorry kale-haters, it looks like Caesar salads will continue to be served sans romaine for the foreseeable future. The leafy-green trend is not going anywhere. In fact, kale and its superfood squad are no longer just holding court in the health-food store. Recently, salad and smoothie staples — kale, açaí, goji berries, quinoa, spirulina, chia seeds — have been making cameos in the world of skin care. Superfood serums, creams, masks, and even nail polishes are popping up like juice bars on every city corner. 

We know all the good these foods can deliver when eaten, but the jury (meaning: the scientists) is still out (conducting studies) on how strongly those benefits translate to skin products. But while some skin-care brands may be preemptively capitalizing on the superfood frenzy before the results are in, the odds are in their favor. 

"Traditional medications and many of our current medications come from or have their origins in natural ingredients, including food products,” says dermatologist Dr Low Chai Long, Medical Director of The Sloane Clinic. “Honey, herbs, and licorice have been used as topical cosmetics and skin care for centuries. So, using food-grade materials in skin care has a good bit of legitimacy to it."

Ahead, we take look at the new class of superfood skin-care products.

#1. Origins By All Greens™ Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask
Superfood: Spirulina

This two-in-one mask and cleanser detoxifies to draw out dirt, debris, pollutants, and makeup from skin and pores. Inspired by detox juicing cleanses, the foaming formula features green superfoods—including green tea, spirulina, and spinach—and gently cleanses without stripping or drying skin.

$36 USD, available at

#2. Sloane Inc. Skin Superfood Red Algae S9.8
Superfood: Astaxanthin

Sloane Inc’s Skin Superfood with Red algae is formulated with one of the most potent antioxidants in the market---Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is one of the latest and most powerful superfood in the anti-ageing scene. Produced by the red algae as a natural defence mechanism against the harsh elements, this mighty antioxidant or "Vitamin X" was found to be 550 times more potent than Vitamin E, 800 times more powerful than CoQ10, and 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C!

Red algae is one of the ocean's richest treasure trove, with a potent mix of antioxidant, vitamins and proteins, making it the perfect skin-saving phytonutrient. Just don't go around slapping slimy seaweed on your face: it won't have the same crinkle-erasing effect. 

$214 SGD, available at

#3. boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask
Superfood: Green Tea
Green Tea is often called liquid jade — not just because of its beautiful color, but also for its powerful health benefits. Known to detoxify and prevent signs of premature aging, Green Tea has been a popular beauty remedy for generations. The polyphenols in green tea can protect again free radicals and stimulate cell turnover. Achieve clearer, more vibrant-looking skin that’s less prone to breakouts with this hydrogel mask that works to minimize shine and excess oil. This Japanese green tea-infused formula reduces up to 50 percent of sebum production of acne-causing bacteria and diminishes breakouts. The mask is enriched with marine collagen, which assists with antiaging, while the amino acids contain antibacterial compounds that help to repair the damage caused by breakouts.

$8 USD per sheet, available at

#4. Youth to the People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Moisture Cream
Superfood: Kale
And now we come to kale, Queen of the Superfoods. This moisture cream uses its impressive power, plus spinach and green tea (oh, and hyaluronic acid, the ultimate in moisturizing ingredients) to hydrate, brighten, and guard against free radicals.

$48 USD, available at Birchbox

#5. Supergoop! Acai Fusion Lip Balm with Shea Butter
Superfood: Acai
Acai is a powerful hydrator and high in protein, which helps repair and rebuild the skin. You've accepted the açaí bowl as a proper lunch — why not let your lips in on the action? Açaí is high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, and could provide skin-care benefits such as hydrating and conditioning. This lip balm has all that, plus shea butter, SPF 30, and a sheer pink tint.

$9.50 USD, available at

#6. Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate
Superfood: Quinoa

$54 USD, available at

#7. Perricone MD Chia Serum
Superfood: Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are rich in precious omega-3 acids which contribute to the upkeep of skin cell membrane and improve the texture and quality of skin. They’re also anti-inflammatory, making them ideal for calming skin prone to redness and irritation. Chia Serum is a revolutionary, multi-tasking serum with rare extracts of chia oil & fat-soluble essential vitamins. This scientifically formulated serum rapidly transforms dull, dry skin to a visibly vibrant, glowing and healthy complexion. This luxuriant, concentrated light serum is highly skin compatible and quickly absorbed to deliver nourishment and moisture. 

$85 USD, available at


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