4 superfoods for a natural skincare routine

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Infuse your skincare routine with natural superfoods from Africa and reap the benefits without the chemicals.

From the rich cocoa plantations of Ghana to the sprawling baobab trees of Madagascar, African superfoods are taking the natural and organic skincare world by storm.

Start by trying to add these four potent ingredients to your skincare regime:

  1. Cacao wonder

Chocolate isn’t just delicious to eat – it is also a nourishing treat for your skin.  Derived from the cacao bean, this superfood has: 

  • Loads of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and protect the skin from environmental damage;
  • High levels of flavonoids, that promote skin elasticity and hydration, leaving you with a youthful glow;
  • Natural caffeine content to stimulate circulation, reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
Hands holding cocoa beans. Source: Unsplash
  1. Baobab boost 
  • Known as the “Tree of Life,” the baobab tree yields a nutrient-rich fruit that is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals.
  • Baobab oil is deeply moisturizing and absorbs quickly into the skin without clogging pores, making it ideal for all skin types.
  • Rich in vitamin C, baobab helps brighten dull skin, even out skin tone, and promote collagen production for firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
  1. Shea moisture miracle
  • Shea butter, derived from the nuts of the African shea tree, has been used for centuries for its moisturizing and healing properties.
  • Packed with fatty acids and vitamins A, E, and F, shea butter nourishes and softens the skin, providing long-lasting hydration.
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties make it effective in soothing irritated skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
  1. Marula magic
  • Marula oil, extracted from the kernels of the marula fruit, is renowned for its hydrating, anti-aging, and skin-rejuvenating properties.
  • Rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids, marula oil helps protect the skin from free radical damage and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Its lightweight texture absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it silky-smooth and radiant without feeling greasy.

 

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