The health food craze hits beauty counters.
|Feed Your Skin
Juice Beauty, Pure Fiji and
Eminence Organic Skin Care
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Eat your fruits and veggies. And now, put them on your skin.
It’s no big revelation that apples, oranges, cucumbers, etc., are good for us. So, it really shouldn’t be any big surprise that they’re also good for our skin. Take that logic a few steps further and we have lines like Juice Beauty, Eminence Organic Skin Care and Pure Fiji, based on the concept that we should be putting on our skin the same healthy ingredients that we should be putting in
“Food and fruit are so good for the skin because they are natural, which makes it easier for the body to recognize and brea down,” says Erin Dominguez, of Planet Beauty. “Due to the super popular trend towards the organic, all-natural lifestyle in general, people are naturally turning to organic, all-natural topical solutions to incorporate into their beauty regimen.”
According to Karen Behnke, founding partner of Marin County-based Juice Beauty, fruit and vegetable sources – particularly more pure organic sources – are high in antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and other ingredients to nourish skin and fight free radical damage. Juice Beauty offers a complete line of food-based products, including anti-aging, anti-blemish, hair and general skin care, and is set to release a makeup collection in the fall.
“Juice Beauty uses food-grade ingredients and we go that extra mile in sourcing USDA certified organic food-grade ingredients, we source the majority of our ingredients from the West Coast so we can assure proper USDA inspection and limit fuel transport waste,” says Behnke.
Along the same lines, Eminence Organic Skin Care, founded and mostly produced in Hungary and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, is based on food-grade, high-quality ingredients to help feed the skin while avoiding the typical beauty product chemicals.
“We don’t think you should put anything on your face if it would make you sick to eat it,” says President and founder Boldijarre Koronczay. “As consumers suffer from more and more allergies, irritations and internal/external ailments, the general public is recognizing the danger and negative side effects that chemicals in food and personal care products can cause. More and more people are going back to nature and using natural and organic ingredients to achieve results without the side effects of traditional chemical-based products.”
Pure Fiji skin and hair line, based in Suva, Fiji, is inspired by a long tradition of using fresh and natural food ingredients for their high levels of vitamins, essential fatty acids, enzymes, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
“For centuries, Pacific Islanders have used the natural benefits of fruit, nuts and leaves for beauty and medicinal purposes,” says Andree Austin, Pure Fiji co-director and founder. “We use wild-crafted ingredients, which means plants are grown in their natural environment without the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Wild-harvested ingredients are also allowed to grow at their natural pace for maximum potency, slowly but surely infusing with the best and most potent nutrients, drawn from the pristine environment in which the plants grow.”
Good Enough to Eat
These beauty product food ingredients are good for your skin and here’s why:
Acai: Add this berry to your morning bowl of cereal or skin regimen because with loads of antioxidants and phytonutrients and a healthy dose of essential fatty acids, acai supports skin regeneration, protects collagen and increases skin moisture, according to Juice Beauty.
Apple: Yes, of course, apples are good for our skin, too. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and K, malic acid and phytonutrients, apples promote skin rejuvenation, exfoliation and brightening, and protect against cell and tissue damage, according to Juice Beauty.
Blueberry: We feel healthy when we eat blueberries, and we should. High in antioxidants and phytonutrients, these berries help slow skin aging by helping increase moisture, according to Eminence.
Cocoa: Chocolate isn’t all about high calories, cocoa is also high in antioxidants and helps smooth skin, according to Eminence. Coconut: Healthy markets are full of coconut chips, water and oil, so put some on your skin for its moisturizing, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, as well as high levels of vitamins A, B, C, and E. It’s easily absorbed by the skin in oil form, according to Pure Fiji.
Cucumber: There’s a reason cucumber masks are a well-known DIY spa treatment. The vegetable not only has anti-inflammatory properties to help with puffy eyes, but also hydrates, tones, soothes, and softens, according to Juice Beauty.
Honey: A natural skin softener and moisturizer, honey is antifungal and antibacterial and contains plenty of vitamins, including C, according to Pure Fiji.
Pineapple: The sweet, tropical fruit contains the enzyme bromelain, which breaks down the connective layers between skin cells to exfoliate skin, according to Pure Fiji.
Raspberry: This tart, antioxidant fruit is a natural astringent that helps minimize pores while also helping decrease oil production and slow the aging process, according to Eminence.