And yes, just like foodie bloggers going around Asia especially North Asia (China, Japan, Korea) to sample exotic food, we are going to reveal the exotic food as skincare.
Am sure, 1 or 2 of these ingredients will either bring a smile to your face or make you gasp at what you had on. But, no worries, if these ingredients are harvested in the most stringent and high tech laboratory, it is safe for use.
Now, let us bring you through a few of skincare superfood which has propelled to rockstar status. Some are rare ingredients but others could be the most common food (even to be discarded) as part of the food chain.
Bacteria or Rooster Comb as Hyaluronic Acid
First of the list is bacteria or rooster comb. The red combs of roosters turn out to be some of the best sources for the sugar molecule hyaluronic acid. A compound that some doctors are calling the next big thing after Botox. And yes, hyaluronic acid can hold 100o times its own weight to water. HA is definitely the ultimate wrinkle buster and radiance booster. Read our previous blogs ‘is hyaluronic acid an acid‘ and ‘botox or anti-aging skincare‘ if interested to find out more.
Rosehip oil for anti-aging skincare
Besides Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin A is the new superstar for anti-aging. If you’re a naturalist, we prefer to choose natural forms of vitamin A in our skin care. Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of trans-retinoic acid that may not have the risk of potential irritation that prescription retinoic acid might cause. Vitamin A is better than pigmentation laser as it helps skin to regenerate. Here are more details on ‘Why Rosehip oil is so popular?”
White Truffle for anti-aging and anti-pigmentation skincare
White truffles stand out with their high Vitamin C content, which makes them effective in brightening and getting rid of pigmentation. They’re also high in Vitamin B3 or Niacin, which is essential in repairing damaged skin, Vitamin B6, which prevents dry and irritated skin, and Vitamin B12, which is known to prevent hyperpigmentation.
Caviar for anti-wrinkle skincare
Caviar contains antioxidant properties that help to strengthen and protect skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Helps with sun protection skincare. Caviar also has omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, two nutrients that are part of a healthy diet and promote luminous, balanced skin. It is also thought to heal and prevent cellular inflammation and work alongside the skin’s natural processes, stimulate collagen production and minimizing surface wrinkles.
Sea Kelp for healing and regenerating skincare
Skin care benefits of Sea Kelp offer superior hydration as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. Rich in vitamins and trace minerals, Sea Kelp can be applied on the skin as a firming agent, healing agent, exfoliating agent, and strengthening agent, Sea Kelp contains essential fatty acids that don’t just suffuse your skin with moisture, but also prevents your skin from losing that moisture with continued use. It is one of the most popular Fermented Skincare Ingredients.
Shitake Mushroom for anti-pigmentation skincare
If your complexion has any discolorations like freckles, hyperpigmentation or age spots, mushroom’s kojic acid content, can help lighten the appearance of these areas. Kojic acid is often used in anti-aging serums, but it can be obtained naturally from mushrooms. Kojic acid brightens and brings back a youthful glow.
Many signs of aging are caused or worsened by exposure to the sun, as this introduces free radicals and inflammation.
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Hope you have enjoyed this article as part of the Skin Care Singapore series.