SUPERFOODS in our natural skincare line
Lately, SUPERFOODS are in trend and it is not surprising considering all the benefits they bring us to improve our health.
Eleven Eleven Skin Alchemy lab experts is where they thrive by extracting all the good stuff to add to every single product in our brand.
These ingredients provide us with multiple benefits but besides cooking them alone, it is also noticeable how many skincare brands and infusing or basing their products entirely in these superfoods
Below are our GO-TO superfoods you will find in our product collection.
Antioxidants: Every day we subject our skin to a multitude of harmful factors. Pollution, the sun, tobacco, junk food ... so our body has to fight against free radicals. Yes, our body has its own system to eliminate them, but sometimes it is too much and our body cannot tolerate them and they accumulate, damaging the tissues, causing the appearance of wrinkles, spots and premature aging of the skin. With the help of these foods we can give an extra push to our dermis.
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis). If your climate is not warm enough to grow aloe vera outdoors, it does well as a house plant. You can use the gel inside its leaves to soothe burned skin and to reduce inflammation. You can also use aloe as an oil-free moisturizer though regular use can over-dry your skin. For daily skincare it’s better to use aloe vera as part of a light lotion. Extract by cutting the leaves open and scooping out the gel. Aloe can be used on its own but also in creams and lotions though it needs blending and/or straining first.
Cucumbers: They contain plenty of vitamins and nutrients that give them the upperhand when it comes to skincare. Vitamins play a key role in overall health but they’re particularly effective in supporting skin health when applied topically. Fruits and vegetables in general are rich in antioxidants but cucumbers in particular contain vitamin C, caffeic acid, and folic acid. Vitamin C, often linked to citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits, is an antioxidant that clarifies and brightens skin. Caffeic acid and folic acid help increase collagen production and defend against signs of premature aging.
Sea Kelp Bioferment (also referred to as sea kelp ferment) is a powerful natural extract that’s made from (you guessed it….) fermented sea kelp. As you may already know, kelp is large seaweed that grows in massive underwater forests, known as kelp forests. Most sea kelp features flat structures that resembles typical tree leaves, with blades protruding from steps. This powerhouse ingredient is fermented by soaking the aquatic plant matter in “good” bacteria called Lactobacillus to create Sea Kelp Bioferment. We love these helpful little critters! So many of us are obsessed with the bacteria balance in our guts, but don’t realize that our skin has a microbiome as well.
Green Tea: Acording to best selling skincare author Paula Begoun "Research has established that topical application of green tea leaves or extracts have many benefits for skin, including anti-aging properties. The polyphenols in green tea possess potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties, and show significant promise for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is one of the active constituents of green tea believed to be responsible for its many health and appearance benefits, both orally and topically. If you’re looking for green tea in your personal care products it may be listed by its Latin name, cameillia sinesis. It is a gentle antioxidant that is among the most well researched and impressive in terms of its many benefits; however, it’s not the best or the only antioxidants to look for, so stick with products that contain several antioxidants."
Turmeric and ginger: Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family, and it’s used to create turmeric powder. The bright yellow spice is part of many applications including various cuisines and fabric dyes. Turmeric powder has become increasingly popular in the beauty industry in recent years because it is thought to be beneficial for skin and hair. Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is often used in skin-care products to ease redness, brighten the skin, and even skin tone.
Vitamins for the Skin: From vitamin A (a potent anti-ager) to vitamin E, which cleverly acts like a shield against complexion-ravaging UV rays and pollution, vitamin-enriched skincare contains way more than meets the eye. Our products are packed with them!
Grape seed extract increases cell turnover and collagen synthesis which helps your skin stay elastic and stay healthy. If used consistently, skincare and beauty products that contain grape seed extract can even out your skin tone and treat acne outbreaks due to the anthocyanidins' antioxidant and microbial properties!
Omega 3: The oil from fish, nuts and green leafy vegetables are rich in fatty acids and proteins that are necessary to help repair damaged skin cells and therefore restore the dermis.
Chia seed extract: Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so it is important to take great care of maintaining healthy, supple skin. Soothe inflammation and calm acne blemishes with a chia face mask. The Omega-3 fatty acids in chia can help aid the healing process of irritated blemish wounds, as well as protect the outer layer of skin from bacteria.
Kale is rich in vitamins C, E, and K. Together, these vitamins help your skin look younger and healthier. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that's great for brightening your skin's appearance; it can aid in brightening complexion (goodbye, dark spots!) and gets rid of fine lines and free radicals
Green tea (Camellia sinensis). Contains antioxidants that can control sebum (oil) production, inhibit bacterial growth, and reduce inflammation. Make an infusion of the fresh or dried tea leaves and use in creams, lotions, or as a facial toner.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). A common and fragrant garden shrub, lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it beneficial for those with skin irritation and inflammation. Lavender oil has also been shown to help speed the healing of cuts, burns, and abrasions. Use dried flowers to make an oil infusion and use in creams, lotions, or as a facial toner. You can also infuse dried or fresh flowers into a mixture of water and alcohol (or witch hazel) to make lavender water.