Superfood Beauty

Superfoods have become a firm favourite in the health community thanks to their incredible combination of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. For a few years now we’ve been nourishing ourselves from the inside out by packing superfoods into our snacks and smoothies, but did you know that your face, body and hair can also benefit from some superfood love? Of course, if you’re eating a rainbow diet with the right nutrients, your skin and hair are probably pretty happy already…but they can always use an extra boost of strength, radiance and vitality.

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you figure out what your skin and hair need, and how to make them glow and shine! Check out these products, home treatments and recipes that incorporate some of our favourite superfood beauty heroes to have you looking and feeling your best.

FEED YOUR FACE

WHAT'S YOUR SKIN TYPE?

Understanding how your skin functions and what problems it is prone to is essential for maintaining a healthy, radiant complexion and keeping your confidence at an all-time high.

Skin type is primarily affected by your skin’s hydration level and oil composition. You can easily determine your skin type by using a tissue or blotting paper to determine (a) how oily your skin is and (b) where the oil is concentrated.

Simply wash your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser and wait an hour without applying any products such as toners or moisturisers. Finally, blot your face with a tissue - either by placing the tissue so that it covers your whole face, or blotting one section at a time (focus on the T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose and chin).

Examine the tissue and use it to determine your skin type with this easy guide:

DRY SKIN

If you don’t see any oil on the tissue and your skin feels tight, flaky or itchy, you probably have dry skin. Dryness is caused by a deficiency in sebum - an oily substance that’s produced by the skin and leaves you under-hydrated and vulnerable to the elements.

OILY SKIN

If there are multiple oil deposits on the tissue and your face appears shiny, you have oily skin. You may also notice that you have enlarged pores and are prone to blemishes and breakouts.

COMBINATION SKIN

If you see that the tissue has picked up oil from your T-zone but the rest of your face feels tight, dry, itchy or flaky, you probably have combination skin. This is the most common skin type.

SENSITIVE SKIN

Sensitivity can present with any of the above skin types, and is characterised by redness and irritation. A good approach to take if you have sensitive skin is to avoid products that are filled with harsh chemicals and opt for gentle, natural solutions instead.

FOR DRY SKIN

Dry and flaky skin can be caused by a number of factors, including a sebum deficiency, climate, season, sun exposure, harsh soaps and overwashing.

Look for products that offer deep hydration while still effectively cleansing the skin.

SPLURGE: SKIN CREAMERY FACIAL HYDRATING OIL

This gentle face oil is enriched with jojoba, baobab and Kalahari melon seed oil to hydrate the skin, cleanse pores, provide protection with essential fatty acids, and soothe irritated skin.

SAVE: ALBA BOTANICAL HAWAIIAN COCONUT MILK FACIAL CLEANSER

This fresh and fragrant cleanser brings the tropics to your skin! It’s packed with papaya enzymes to purify pores, coconut milk to cleanse and hydrate, and ginger and aloe to refresh and balance. The end result is skin that is clean and fresh, without irritation or tightness.

DIY: AVOCADO, OLIVE OIL & HONEY MASK

Avocados and olive oil are both jam-packed with healthy fats to hydrate the skin, while honey improves moisture retention and acts as a gentle natural cleanser.

*Puree half an avocado with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey.

*Apply the mask to a clean face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

FOR COMBINATION SKIN

SPLURGE: COLD PRESSED SKIN ANTIOXIDANT SUPERFOOD CLEANSER

Because of the juxtaposition of oiliness and dryness in combination skin, finding a product that ticks all the boxes can feel impossible. Luckily, this veggie-packed cleanser by Cold Pressed Skin may just be the answer. The bombshell formulation is crammed with superfoods, antioxidants, nutrients, natural oils, plants and vitamins. The ingredients work together to address a host of skin problems by purifying, hydrating and fighting free radical damage.

SAVE: JASON SOOTHING ALOE VERA MOISTURISING GEL

It can be challenging to find products that cater to combination skin, properly hydrating dry patches without exacerbating oily regions. This non-oily cooling gel is enriched with fresh aloe vera and vitamin B5, which both moisturise and calm inflammation and irritation, leaving your skin feeling balanced, comfortable and healthy

DIY: PAPAYA AND BANANA SMOOTHIE MASK

Papaya and banana are both fantastic foods to feed your skin because of their nourishing and hydrating properties, which soothe and soften irritated areas. This mask also includes a dash of honey, which has antibacterial properties to fight blemishes and problem areas.

*Mash together half a papaya with one banana.

*Add a tablespoon of honey and mix well until you have a creamy paste.

*Apply to the face and leave to sit until it dries.

*Wash off with warm water.

FOR OILY SKIN

Oily skin is less than ideal. It tends to become greasy quickly, is more prone to blemishes, and can get shiny enough to blind someone. It’s caused by a number of factors, including genetics, diet, hormones and a skincare routine that’s either too aggressive or lacking entirely. Thankfully, oily skin is pretty simple to deal with – you need a treatment that will cleanse the skin and remove excess dirt and sebum, and you also need to ensure that your skin is sufficiently moisturised so that it does not attempt to overcompensate and produce more oil.

SPLURGE: HEY GORGEOUS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL DETOXIFYING CLEANSER

Activated charcoal has changed the face of health and beauty, and this detoxifying cleanser offers some of its best benefits - including clearing pores, removing blackheads and absorbing excess oil. Also included in the ingredients list are jojoba, avocado and rosehip seed oil to ensure a gentle cleanser that gets rid of greasiness while still keeping your skin hydrated.

SAVE: HIMALAYA OIL CONTROL LEMON FACE WASH

This gentle face wash uses the natural cleansing properties of citrus to remove excess oil without drying out the skin. Citron and honey work to tone and cleanse, while jojoba oil hydrates and nourishes.

DIY: AVOCADO, OLIVE OIL & HONEY MASK

Avocados and olive oil are both jam-packed with healthy fats to hydrate the skin, while honey improves moisture retention and acts as a gentle natural cleanser.

*Puree half an avocado with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey.

*Apply the mask to a clean face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

DIY: STRAWBERRY, LEMON AND CLAY FACE MASK

Strawberries and lemons are both packed with natural acids and vitamin C to fight against oiliness and cleanse, treat acne and tighten pores. Bentonite clay (a mineral-rich clay derived from aged volcanic ash) has been gaining a following thanks to its effectiveness in drawing impurities out of the skin. At Wellness Warehouse we sell a fantastic bentonite clay by Argan Green. It’s perfect for this recipe, as well as countless other skin treatments.

*Puree 8 strawberries and mix with 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice.

*Mix in 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay until you have created a smooth paste.

*Apply the mask to your face and neck and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with cool water. You can use this mask once or twice a week.

FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

Skin health is dependent on a number of factors, including hydration levels, degree of oiliness, environmental exposure and cell vitality. Maintaining this delicate balance can seem near impossible, and we often tend to over-cleanse, eat a less than ideal diet or allow our skin to be exposed to extreme sun and wind. These factors can influence the skin in different ways, with sensitive skin being one of the possible effects. To prevent or treat this issue it is vital to make sure your skin is moisturised, cleansed and soothed.

SPLURGE: HEY GORGEOUS ALOE & CHAMOMILE SOOTHING CLEANSER

This fantastic cleanser strikes the perfect balance between purifying, hydrating and soothing. Aloe vera clears the skin of any dirt or makeup, while essential oils work to moisturise. On top of this, chamomile and calendula calm irritation and support cellular regeneration, leaving you with comfortable skin that’s free from blemishes and impurities.

SAVE: BAMBOO CHARCOAL SOAP WITH GOAT’S MILK AND ALOE FEROX

This creamy soap is vegan and cruelty-free, packaged in biodegradable materials, and perfect for both face and body. Goat’s milk is the perfect moisturiser for irritated skin, and aloe ferox targets inflammation. As a bonus, the soap is free from sulphates, which dry out the skin. And you needn’t worry that you won’t be getting a proper cleanse – the bamboo charcoal gently exfoliates the skin and removes impurities, leaving your face refreshed and relaxed.

DIY: SOOTHING CUCUMBER AND ALOE MASK

Aloe and cucumber are perfect for sensitive skin, thanks to their cooling and moisturising properties. Both ingredients are packed full of water and minerals to soothe inflammation and restore hydration.

*Combine two teaspoons of pur.ed cucumber with 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel.

*Apply to the face and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool or lukewarm water. Repeat once a week for lasting results.

FOR BLEMISHED SKIN

We’ve all fallen victim to a breakout that makes the thought of a paper bag somewhat appealing. Whether you want to prevent or treat acne, a healthy dose of nature’s best can offer smooth and clear skin to leave you feeling your best!

SPLURGE: COLD PRESSED SKIN YOUTH JUICE ANTIOXIDANT CLEANSER

This cleanser is basically a green juice for your face - with kale, moringa and broccoli, plus some aloe vera and green tea thrown in for good measure! Not only will it work to cleanse and clear your skin, it will also help fight further damage and blemishes, thanks to its high antioxidant and phytonutrient content. It also smells fantastic.

SAVE: SRI SRI ANTI ACNE FACE WASH

This herbal cleanser is packed with ginger, tea tree oil and grape seed extract to remove dirt and clear your pores for long-lasting blemishfree skin. The ginger and grape seed clear the skin of dirt and grease, while the tea tree oil – a firm favourite in natural skincare – fights infection and inflammation thanks to its antibacterial properties.

DIY: BLUEBERRY AND YOGHURT FACE MASK

The enemies of radiant skin are free radicals, and this face mask is packed with their kryptonite – antioxidants. Yoghurt nourishes, while warm blueberries treat the damage done by free radicals to restore your skin’s vitality and radiance.

*Steam and crush a couple of handfuls blueberries.

*Blend the blueberries together with 3 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt.

*Apply as a mask and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing.

EAT YOURSELF RADIANT

*Avoid dairy, sugar, fatty meats (like lamb, beef and sausages) and greasy snacks like chips and crackers.

*Try to eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies like grapefruit, watermelon, pineapple, beet, cucumber and kale

(think of eating a rainbow filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants).

*Make sure you’re getting healthy oils and omega 3 fatty acids from flaxseeds, salmon, avocado and tuna.

If in doubt, just remember one simple rule: if it’s good for you, it’s good for your skin!

If you want an extra boost, try this happy skin smoothie:

PB & J SMOOTHIE (+ BONUS FACE MASK!)

Berries are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and other essential nutrients that help to cleanse the skin. The almond milk, peanut butter and coconut nectar in this recipe provide long-lasting hydration and regenerate skin cells, while antioxidant-packed berries nourish the skin and boost elasticity.

*Blend together 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter, 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, 1/2 cup fresh strawberries and 1 tablespoon raw coconut nectar.

*Enjoy as a delicious smoothie, and save a couple of tablespoons for a hydrating face mask!

HELP YOUR HAIR

FOR DRY HAIR

SPLURGE: ONEKA ANGELICA AND LAVENDER CONDITIONER

Oneka has created the perfect blend of plant-based, natural and nourishing ingredients to give your hair the very best. Lavender and angelica oil soothe and add fragrance, while clary sage leaves your hair shining. Finally, jojoba oil provides intense hydration and damage repair. The end result is strong, soft and healthy hair that smells heavenly and feels even better.

SAVE: SABUCA MOISTURE DRENCH SHEA BUTTER SHAMPOO

This hyper-hydrating shampoo is an easy fix for dry and damaged hair. It’s sulphate-free, which means it doesn’t dry out the hair or strip it of its natural oils. Argan oil, a range of essential oils, and vitamin A, E and F all work to provide maximum hydration and nourishment. Not only will your dryness problems be solved - your hair will be thicker and shinier too.

DIY: BANANA HONEY HAIR SMOOTHIE

Bananas are not only packed with vital nutrients, but also excellent for hair hydration. Paired with milk, honey and almond oil, this becomes a hair treatment that offers shine, strength, hydration and health!

*Blend together 1 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 1tablespoon of almond oil until well combined.

*Slowly add full-fat milk (or coconut milk for a plant-based alternative) until the mixture is runny but still able to stick to the hair.

*Massage the mask into dry or damp hair and wrap your head in fabric or a shower cap for 20 to 30 minutes.

*Rinse thoroughly and cleanse with a moisturising shampoo.

FOR GREASY HAIR

SPLURGE: DR ORGANIC ACTIVATED CHARCOAL PURIFYING CONDITIONER CLEANSER

Activated charcoal is renowned for its ability to cleanse and remove impurities, making it perfect for clearing excess dirt and oil from the scalp. Aloe vera juice and argan oil ensure that your hair and scalp stay hydrated, while charcoal leaves it clean and protected against oil absorption.

SAVE: AVALON ORGANICS CLARIFYING LEMON SHAMPOO

Lemon packs cleansing and purifying power to remove excess oil, buildup and grease from the hair and scalp, preventing excessive grease and dulling. A mix of essential oils, quinoa protein, aloe vera and vitamin E work to hydrate and protect the scalp as the hair is cleansed so that you can enjoy perfectly soft, healthy and balanced hair.

DIY: STRAWBERRY AND MAYO MASK

Okay, I know this sounds really gross, but just stick with me here. Mayonnaise boasts tons of benefits, including encouraging growth, conditioning, damage protection and treating dandruff. Strawberries offer the best natural treatment for oily hair, as they clear sebum from the scalp, reduce excess oil and enrich your hair with vitamin C.

*Puree about 8 strawberries and mix with 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise until smooth.

*Apply to damp hair from root to tip, and leave for 20 minutes (you can wrap your hair in a hot towel to intensify the effects of the mask).

*Rinse with warm water and wash with a gentle shampoo.

FOR DAMAGED HAIR

SPLURGE: OGX ARGAN OIL OF MOROCCO HEALING SPRAY

This luxurious oil is perfect for hair that suffers from split ends, frizziness and heat and sun damage. A few spritzes of this blend of argan, cocoa and coconut oil will lend your hair sleekness, softness and shine. As an added bonus, the spray restores moisture to damaged hair, and protects it from further damage.

SAVE: JASON RESTORATIVE BIOTIN SHAMPOO

This wonder product is chockfull of jojoba seed oil, lavender extract, ginseng, vitamin B5 and biotin to nourish and hydrate weak and damaged hair. Biotin and B12 work to thicken and revitalise hair, leaving it strong, supple and shining.

DIY: AVOCADO, EGG AND COCONUT HAIR MASK

Avocados are perfect for treating and protecting damaged hair. Natural oils, vitamins and essential fatty acids come together to coat the hair and intensely hydrate your locks. Likewise, eggs and coconuts are packed with nutrients and healthy fats to give your hair the boost it needs. You can expect softness, flexibility and strength with this easy recipe.

*Mix 1 mashed avocado with 1 egg yolk.

*Slowly add in the coconut milk until the mixture is a thin paste.

*Massage all over the scalp for 5 minutes and then let sit for 1 hour.

*Rinse with lukewarm water and wash the hair with a hydrating shampoo.

EAT YOUR HAIR HAPPY

To look and feel its best, your hair needs nourishment from the inside out. Eating fresh, healthy food that’s packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals ensures that your body is working in tiptop shape, leading to hair that’s shiny, soft and strong. Munch as many of these foods as you can to enjoy healthy hair from the inside out…

*Citrus (for vitamin C, extra growth and iron absorption)

*Eggs (for protein and growth)

*Sweet potatoes (for shine and hydration due to the antioxidant beta carotene)

*Spinach and other dark leafy greens (for strength and iron, without which your hair can become weak and even start to fall out)

*Salmon (for shine, strength and growth due to omega 3 fatty acids)

These superfood-filled products and easy home remedies will help you naturally, affordably and effectively treat hair and skin problems, and keep them gone for good! Hang onto this guide to use as a quick cheat-sheet to address whatever issues are keeping you from looking and feeling your best.




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