We all know that achieving and maintaining healthy skin entails more than just applying a cocktail of highly recommended skin products on your face twice daily, seven days a week. Good skin also requires an approach that works from the inside out.
That would be eating healthy, sleeping better and some form of exercise. I deliberately didn't mention drinking more water because, while it is great for keeping your skin hydrated, it does not necessarily clear skin concerns.
There have been several beauty trends introduced to us by vloggers, celebrities and the Korean beauty community - some of which we were enthusiastic to try and others, we were very skeptical of because they are literal safety hazards.
I mean, fire therapy?
In case you missed it, this involves soaking a cloth in alcohol, placing it on your face and then setting it alight for 30 seconds at time.
And then came blood facials - not so much a safety hazard, but a fascinating cosmetic procedure that makes some squeamish, while some of us would still love to give it a go.
Let's also not forget that watermelon mask mania that had beauty aficionados constantly hitting refresh on Sephora when the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask had a 5000 person waiting list.
So seeing as we're talking about fruit, I might as well introduce you to the latest essential ingredients that you might find in your fridge that are ideal for achieving youthful skin.
Yes, we've all done the home-made mask thing. Yoghurt and oatmeal, honey and cinnamon, turmeric and her pals, but that's not what I'm talking about right now.
This beauty trend is all about introducing products with vegetable ingredients in them to your skincare routine.
Hello, salad skincare!
Byrdie's Hallie Gould says that products that contain 'vegetables' are the perfect complement to an already nutrient-rich diet as they have "various superfood benefits — from hydration and sun protection to brightening and anti-aging."
Some of the salad ingredients she recommends include kale, spinach tomato, broccoli and uh... cannabis sativa. And the last ingredient must be the real explanation behind Jhené Aiko's immaculate skin we've been trying to get all our lives.
[To put things into perspective; she has a song titled Sativa on her 2018 album Trip]
I'm not sure if you would ever put all of those in the blender to make a smoothie rivaling those at Kauai, but...
No, you wouldn't, but here's why they're important:
According to Byrdie, kale offers "nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that naturally hydrate and calm your skin." As for tomatoes? Well, they have a good rep for reducing inflammation, their anti-ageing properties, clearing up breakouts, and protecting against sunburn.
"Tomatoes contain an ultra-potent antioxidant called quercetin, salicylic acid, lycopene, as well as vitamins A, C, and E to fight against free radicals, clarify your skin, and ward off sun damage," the article explains.
As an omega-rich food, broccoli should remedy most of our skincare concerns.
What about youthfulness?
That's where cannabis sativa oil comes in. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation showed that cannabinoids can help fight acne. An article on Well and Good supported this, stating that this "star ingredient, known for its reputed stress-reducing and pain-relieving (among many others) benefits in the wellness space, has incredible prowess when it comes to topical, skin-boosting use."
That's it, we're in.
Alright, so what to buy?
While it's always wise to eat all your veggies, their health and beauty dual purpose also requires that we use them topically, so here are three products to shop that have these key ingredients.
Pacifica Kale Luxe Oil Free Multi Cream. R168,18 on LuckyVitamin.com
Delivered via DHL Express.
The Body Shop Hemp Face Protector. R150 at Clicks.
GLAMGLOW Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturiser contains the innovative TEAOXI® complex; cherry tomato leaf, prickly pear, and winter daphne flora. R800 at Woolworths
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