According to Merriam-Webster, a superfood is a food that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health. Therefore, in order to class something as a superfood, there must be some scientific research proving the properties it possess. Some say they boost energy and prevent the occurrence of various diseases alongside their anti-cancer properties. Here is where the problem lies, most of the research that backs up the claims is often riddled with flaws. For instance, the consumption of chia seeds was initially thought to have an effect on cardiovascular risk factors (such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels), however, the review of such research studies has proven their results to be controversial. This is why I tend to approach the word ‘superfood’ with much caution.
I still love many of the foods that are considered superfoods, mainly for their taste (such as blueberries and avocado). I’ve seen many companies adopt the trend of using superfoods in their latest products. Although I am skeptical about the nutritional benefits of superfoods, I didn’t quite know what effect they could have on our skin. This is what prompted me to try products in the new Vegan Superfood range by Elemis. I have trusted the skincare by Elemis for a long time, it got me thought my awful teenage skin years. I decided to try (a) the Superfood Facial Wash and (b) the Superfood Day Cream.
The image above features two products from the Elemis Vegan Superfood Range (a) the the Superfood Facial Wash (bottom left) and (b) the Superfood Day Cream(right).
The Superfood Facial Wash contains Avocado, Broccoli and Pumpkin seed oils alongside it’s Pre-Biotic formula to help maintain the right amounts of bacteria that naturally colonize our skin, known as the skin’s microbiome. The main function of these bacteria is to protect us against infections, assist wound healing and limit the damage that UV radiation can do by shieling us against it. Disturbing this balance can lead to skin disorders. I used to apply alcohol-based toners to my skin that not only killed the bad bacteria, but also targeted the good bacteria, this lead to visible damage to my skin. This is primarily why I wanted to buy this product, I wanted to see if maintaining the natural balance of this microbiome would make any difference. Within as little as 3 days I began noticing subtle changes in areas of my face that were all signs of the product working. This was one of the few products that actually suited my oily summer skin. This product also contains Wheatgrass, Kale, and Nettle to help keep the face looking bright and radiant. I am now on my second tube, and I can confirm that this has definitely helped me improve my skin. The product has a gel-like consistency that has a cooling effect upon application. The gel is green in color and has a fresh scent to it, that makes it more appealing to use both, at morning and in the night before bed, to wash my fash. This product retails at £25 (for 150ml).
I had to try the Superfood Day Cream after the Facial Wash worked wonders. I usually use this directly after the Facial wash and apply my makeup after. This product is made with the same key ingredients as the facial wash such as Avocado, Broccoli, Pumpkin seeds, Kale and also shares its Pre-Biotic formula. It has a nice light texture that slides onto your skin so effortlessly. It leaves my skin feeling non-shiny. I usually proceed with my primer straight after using this product. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated without feeling sticky. I absolutely love the refreshing fragrance as well. This product retails at £42 (for 50ml).The Superfood Day cream comes in a Night version as well. The Superfood Night Cream, as it’s known, also shares the Pre-Biotic formula but, alongside this, it also has an essential oil blend of Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Vertivert that all help you feel relaxed before obtaining a good night’s sleep. It retails for £46.
I first tried out the facial wash before the day cream, just to see if it actually suited my skin profile. My skin is oily when it is that time of the month and then goes towards the dry side over the rest of the days. I would definitely recommend these two products as they worked for my dry and oily skin and have now become a part of my skin routine. The Superfood Facial Oil is another product that is on the Vegan Superfood range by Elemis that I would probably try next – have you tried the product?
What are your go-to face washes and day creams? Have you tired Elemis before? Would love to know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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