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19 Superfoods to Brighten Your Face: In one Convenient Capsule

If you're an 'ingredient junkie' like me, you're going to want know what every ingredient in our Superfood Mask + Scrub does for you, so here's the low down on all 19 of them.

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Activated Charcoal: Charcoal has an extremely large and porous surface area (one cubic inch of charcoal is comparable to a 150,000 square foot surface). On a chemical level, charcoal can absorb thousands of times its on weight so it makes a super efficient ingredient for absorbing toxins and dirt on your face. Charcoal becomes activated by heating it so it can expand and become incredibly porous. What happens inside all those pores is a process called adsorbtion, which is an electrical attraction that pulls particulars toward the surface. That's what makes activated charcoal such an effective ingredient for exfoliation.

Aloe Vera is well respected for its application as a skin soothing, moisturizing agent. It contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene (a precursor of vitamin A).

Astaxanthin (from red algae) is one of the most powerful antioxidants on record. It’s shown to protect the skin against UV radiation while combatting free radicals. All this makes it an excellent fighter against wrinkle formation.

Chia Seeds: The word “chia” actually means “strength” in the Mayan language. They are crazy high in alpha­lipoic acids (ALA). Better known as *the* ingredient that makes most skin cream cost a gazillion dollars. Alpha­lipoic acid is said to help with cell function, promote radiance in the skin, help diminish fine lines, and aid in antioxidant effectiveness.

Cinnamon bark has been found to have natural skin lightening properties related to its capacity to inhibit tyrosinase activity which restrict the process of melanogenesis. These natural components, linderanolide B and subamolide A, have been shown to exhibit effective anti‐pigmentation abilities. It’s also one of my favourite and delicious things to eat!

Coconut Water is rich in electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. Coconut water is extolled for its hydrating and rejuvenating health benefits.

Green Coffee Bean is also known as chlorogenic acid. It has high concentration of essential fatty acids, sterols, and vitamin E which make it a potent antioxidant that can offer protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation. It can also assist in the prevention of the development of photoaging and inflammatory skin disorders.

Hyaluronic Acid: The Hyaluronic Acid we use is actually the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid which has a smaller molecular size than traditional hyaluronic acid.  This is especially awesome because it easily penetrates the skin's surface, effectively boosting moisture content, leaving you with supple, firm, #fullynourished skin.  In case you're wondering, the H.A. that we use is micro fermented from vegetables (not from rooster combs or cow's knees!)

Licorice Root Extract is used in treating a variety of skin diseases due to its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-carcinogenic, and antiviral properties. The primary anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds found in licorice include saponins, flavonoids, glycyrrizinic, and glycosides-glycyrrhizing acid. The combination of which are a terrific help for red, acne-prone skin as well as for dull complexions and dehydrated skin.

Matcha is actually a fine powder of baby green tea leaves. Putting it on your face is a great way to soothe redness. Of additional note, this super potent green tea is packed with polyphenols that can help stop cancer development by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area... even helping to prevent non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair.

Papaya is a wonderful source of Vitamin A, Carotene and the enzyme Papain which helps in removing dead skin cells. It can even help in removing dark spots and evening out skin tone.

Probiotics: Topical probiotics work via “bacterial interference”- they literally interfere with the ability of bad bacteria to provoke an immune reaction by preventing your skin cells from seeing them in the first place. Another benefit is that they help to create equilibrium by improving and strengthening your skin’s natural protective mechanisms to maintain an equilibrium of good bacteria on your skin’s surface. Healthy signals produced by these probiotics help to stop your skin cells from sending an “attack” message to your immune system, keeping acne and rosacea flare-ups at bay.

Shiitake Mushrooms, especially shiitake, have excellent anti-inflammatory properties that can lead to the improvement of acne, rosacea, eczema and increase skin elasticity. They are full of vitamin D, selenium and antioxidants that protect your skin from environmental damage that can lead to wrinkles. Shiitake mushrooms are a great source for kojic acid which is used to brighten the skin and fade sunspots. They also contain the antioxidant L-ergothioneine, which helps prevent cell breakdown and aids in exfoliating the skin. 

Sodium Bicarbonate: Used in moderation, baking soda is one of our favorite ways to gently and effectively exfoliate the skin. As well as being alkaline, this soft white powder loosens sebum and debris allowing for a cleaner face. This process is called desincrustation in aesthetics.

Vitamin C helps to visibly brighten skin dulled by stress and environmental elements and increasing luminosity for a more radiant, even-toned complexion.

Vitamin D2: Transdermal vitamin D2 (from button mushrooms) is excellent because it directly benefits your skin by revitalizing cells damaged from over exposure to the sun.  It also helps to maintain the lipid barrier to 'lock in' moisture; assisting your face to appear supple and firm. 

White Willow Bark comes from a Euro-Asian tree with distinctive white leaves. Famous for it’s main ingredient salicin, it has resulted in the creation of the pain killer acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). Not surprisingly it is an excellent ingredient in skin care formulations where it is used to treat acne, inflammation, control sebum, and best of all as a gentle but effective anti-bacterial exfoliant.  

Xylitol is a great addition in skincare products as a humectant, as it helps your skin retain its natural moisture and is thought to improve your skin's barrier function, increasing ceramide (a natural hydrating compound) synthesis.

Zeolite works to absorb toxins, free radicals, and ions from the skin while helping maintain correct pH levels. By removing these toxins, Zeolite is an immune system booster, improving the overall appearance and health of the skin. It is actually a negatively-charged compound with a cage-like structure. The negative charge acts like a magnet to attract positively charged toxins and free radicals to the Zeolite. These toxins are then trapped in its cage-like structure and carried out of the body. This remarkable mineral also stimulates the regeneration of the skin and regulates oxygen flow – restoring luster, and renewing the look and feel of skin.

Zinc is one of the most interesting and fascinating minerals needed in our bodies. It is required for hundreds of enzymes that control functions including the health of the skin, hair, nails and connective tissue.

Can't wait to hear what you think of the ingredients we've curated for our Superfood Masque + Scrub. Give us a shout out on social media and please remember to tag us with #SuperFoodFace so we can easily find you.

Your neighbourhood eco-chic-ingredient-junkie... 

Graydon xoxo

1 comment

Aug 02, 2015

Wow! Great list Graydon. I have tried almost all of these over the years. I have had good success with zinc. I hadn’t thought of Xylitol tho! Very interesting. As a side note for readers, activated charcoal is graeat for cleaning teeth – a nice addition to a healthy, glowing face! Keep up the amazing work :)

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