We’ve all heard the buzz about superfoods. These nutrient rich fruits, seeds and plants are full of vitamins and minerals that will make you healthy and strong. While these days it seems almost any old vegetable can be labeled a superfood, there are some ingredients out there that really do pack a punch in the world of nutrition.
The king and queen of superfoods are chia seeds and kale. Virtually unknown a few years ago, these two have had a meteoric rise to fame. The health benefits of this pair are well documented. But this is a beauty site, and we’re interested in what these superfoods can do for our skin and hair.
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, B, C and E. When it comes to skincare, this translates to moisture! Kale contains vitamin C which aids in collagen production, vitamin A which promotes healthy skin cell growth, as well as Vitamin K, B6, iron calcium and antioxidants. It seems you can’t go wrong with either one.
If these natural powerhouses are so good for our bodies, why aren’t we using them on our skin and hair? That’s where SOAK Superfood Skincare comes in.
SOAK will moisturise your body with chia seeds and cleanse your hands and skin with parsley stem. Your hair will regain its shine with the addition of purple kale or be revived with maca root.
While we’ve already acknowledged our good friends chia seeds and kale, there are two slightly more unusual superfoods in the mix here.
We’re all familiar with parsley, but many of us overlook the health benefits of this common herb. Parsley has a high level of chlorophyll which is excellent for detoxing and cleansing. It contains antioxidants (especially luteolin), folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, calcium and potassium. Usually we eat parsley in very small quantities, so don’t be afraid to add even more to your next dish!
You won’t often come across maca root in the supermarket. This root vegetable hails from Peru. It contains amino acids, calcium, carbohydrates, fatty acids, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc – quite a combination. When present in shampoo and conditioner, this combination helps to strengthen and revive hair, leading to stronger and more hydrated locks.
I’ll keep adding chia seeds to my smoothies – but I’ll stick with SOAK for my superfood skincare needs. SOAK Superfood Skincare is available from soakskin.com.