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Ed­i­ble in­gre­di­ents and skincare


Turmeric is a nat­u­ral anti-in­flam­ma­tory and you’ll of­ten find the an­cient In­dian spice, which is im­por­tant in Ayurvedic and Chi­nese medicine, on the sta­ple in­gre­di­ents list at your lo­cal smoothie or juice bar. Taken in­ter­nally, stud­ies show turmeric can play a role in the preven­tion and treat­ment of con­di­tions such as can­cer, arthri­tis and other chronic ill­nesses. Top­i­cally, turmeric has been used for cen­turies to treat skin im­per­fec­tions and im­prove ra­di­ance.


Touted by Mi­randa Kerr as “the one thing I can’t live with­out” when she has a long day ahead of her, Noni juice is about as un­palat­able as it comes (trust us, we’ve tried it). But the health prop­er­ties of this South Pa­cific berry are far-reach­ing – high in an­tiox­i­dants, Omega 6 and se­le­nium, Noni leaf hy­drosols and noni seed oil help to build col­la­gen, im­prove skin elas­tic­ity, as well as re­duce in­flam­ma­tion.


Fresh pomegranates are avail­able in

New Zealand for only a short time each year, but the ben­e­fits of pome­gran­ate seed oil or juice can be reaped all year round in beauty prod­ucts. The juice from th­ese vi­brant tangy seeds con­tains a bounty of an­tiox­i­dants to pro­tect skin from free-rad­i­cal dam­age and has even been found to as­sist with the re­pair of dam­aged DNA. What’s more, it’s a ter­rific source of vi­ta­min C which, when ap­plied top­i­cally, can re­duce skin rough­ness.


Ac­ti­vated char­coal is the lat­est thing in well­ness ton­ics, help­ing to trap chem­i­cals and pre­vent their ab­sorp­tion, as well as as­sist­ing with di­ges­tive is­sues and bloat­ing. But the use of char­coal in skincare is an an­cient Asian beauty se­cret, har­nessed for its abil­ity to draw im­pu­ri­ties such as se­bum and tox­ins from the skin, up to thou­sands of times its own mass. Per­fect for oily and con­gested skin, char­coal helps boost ra­di­ance, calm acne, rosacea and eczema, and im­prove the skin’s tex­ture.

From chia seeds to char­coal, the su­per­foods in our daily di­ets are work­ing won­ders in skincare, too. Lucy Slight looks at the lat­est nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents that are good

enough to eat – and wear


Omega 3 fatty acids can be hard to come by in food sources, which is why chia seeds – one of na­ture’s rich­est providers of Omega 3 – are the seed du jour. It takes 1kg of chia seeds to pro­duce 250ml of oil, which works won­ders for all skin types – im­part­ing es­sen­tial min­er­als, an­tiox­i­dants and amino acids to re­in­force the skin’s mois­ture bar­rier and tar­get fine lines.

Ki­wifruit is packed with vi­ta­min C, a nu­tri­ent es­sen­tial

for the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen in the body


Cran­ber­ries have many uses – they are not only de­li­ciously ed­i­ble but can be used as a nat­u­ral dye and they also have pow­er­ful heal­ing prop­er­ties, par­tic­u­larly in treat­ing uri­nary in­fec­tions. One of the key ben­e­fits of cran­berry seed oil in skincare is its abil­ity to be quickly ab­sorbed by the skin – mak­ing it ideal for fa­cial prod­ucts. Vi­ta­min E and an­tiox­i­dants also help to pro­tect from freerad­i­cal dam­age and Omega 3, 6 and 9 es­sen­tial fatty acids are pow­er­ful hy­dra­tors.


The fresh water of young, green co­conuts con­tains a near-iden­ti­cal elec­trolyte pro­file to that of the hu­man body, which has made it a hit in the sports world. It’s also val­ued for its abil­ity to help clear acne and skin blem­ishes.

Co­conut oil, both in its raw state and in skincare prod­ucts, is an ex­cel­lent mois­turiser and anti-in­flam­ma­tory, which is highly ef­fec­tive for dry, sen­si­tive skin, as well as slightly oily skin. The oil also has the abil­ity to pen­e­trate the hair shaft and re­duce pro­tein loss, help­ing to in­crease smooth­ness and hy­dra­tion in both the hair and scalp.


Ki­wifruit is packed with vi­ta­min C, a nu­tri­ent es­sen­tial for the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen in the body, mean­ing this fuzzy brown berry is a pow­er­ful fighter against age­ing. Rich in an­tiox­i­dants, prod­ucts con­tain­ing ki­wifruit and ki­wifruit seed oil help to pre­vent dam­age caused by en­vi­ron­men­tal ag­gres­sors, smooth wrin­kles and im­prove the skin’s over­all tex­ture.

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cran­berry Seed En­er­giz­ing Ra­di­ance, $65. Ori­gins Mega-Mush­room Skin Re­lief Face Mask, $68, from Mecca Cos­met­ica. Pure Fiji Body But­ter Noni In­fu­sion, $46.

Nars Optimal Bright­en­ing Con­cen­trate, $134, from Mecca Cos­met­ica. Weleda Nail Care Pen, $19.90.

Oa­sis Beauty BB Cream in Bar­dot, $49.90. The Body Shop Spa of the World Hi­malayan Char­coal Body Clay, $42.95. Der­ma­log­ica Char­coal Res­cue Mask, $89.

Good­ness Nat­u­ral Beauty Lab Cer­ti­fied Or­ganic Chia

Seed Oil, $23.99. Sukin Nour­ish­ing Chia Seed Oil+, $19.95. The fresh water of young, green co­conuts con­tains

a near-iden­ti­cal elec­trolyte pro­file to that of the hu­man body, and is known to help clear acne and skin blem­ishes.

Swisse Cran­berry An­tiox­i­dant Fa­cial Oil, $34.99. Sothys Paris Cure Oxy-Min­eral Treat­ment, $69. Hy­droPep­tide Sooth­ing Balm, $85. OGX Co­conut Water Weight­less Hy­dra­tion Oil, $20.20. Hur­raw Co­conut Lip Balm, $7. Evolu Nour­ish­ing Hand + Cu­ti­cle Cream, $22.99. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream, $58.50.

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