Face Plants

Leafy skin­care se­crets.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health / Leafy greens -

We know that diet af­fects how we look. So much so, that stud­ies have shown that di­ets high in an­tiox­i­dants, and low in su­gar and fat are associated with fewer wrin­kles, less sun dam­age and even re­duced acne. But what about by­pass­ing the whole eat­ing part and rub­bing kale on your face?

That’s just what com­pa­nies like Bobbi Brown are hop­ing you’ll do with their new leafy green-in­fused serums, mois­turis­ers, masks and cleansers. The claim is that an­tiox­i­dants found in spinach, kale and Brus­sels sprouts will help to make skin taut, glowy and gen­er­ally youth­ful. The bot­tom line from der­ma­tol­o­gists: “Vi­ta­min C and E have been used in skin­care for­ever. Whether the nu­tri­ents come from kale or some­thing else, they have the same ef­fect,” says Dr El­iz­a­beth Hale, a clin­i­cal as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of der­ma­tol­ogy.

What could po­ten­tially set th­ese prod­ucts apart is that they in­cor­po­rate the whole food in­stead of just us­ing in­di­vid­ual an­tiox­i­dants syn­the­sised in a lab.

“It’s like eat­ing a whole veg­etable. You may be get­ting more nu­tri­ents than we even know about,” ad­vises der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Mona Go­hara.

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