What Does It Do? Broccoli is bursting with
the chemical compound sulforaphane, the cancer protective agent in cruciferous
veg, which stimulates the skin's self-defence mechanisms. It switches cells
onto high-alert made, quickening their response to external baddies such as
pollution and UV rays,
How Does It Work? In tests, sulforaphane has
been shown to stimulate the production of cell-protecting antioxidant enzymes
known collectively as the Nrf2 system. These enzymes help neutralise free-
radical activity within the cells, boosting the skin's own ability to protect
itself against a host of beauty-damaging activities, from smoking to
Find It In… Biotherm Skin.Ergetic, $55
(biotherm.co.uk). A powerful 99% natural formula that protects and wakes up
What Does It Do? These tiny seeds,
harvested from a desert plant native to Central America, were a main component
of the Mayan and Aztec diet. Similar to flaxseeds, they lock moisture into the
skin due to their high levels of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
How Does It Work? Omega fatty acids have a
protective and soothing; action on the skin, thanks to their high levels of
anti-inflammatory compounds. These work by keeping the cell membranes healthy
and flexible, which in turn means your skin cells can function better and retain
vital moisture, keeping your complexion hydrated and plumped.
Find It In… Super By Dr NichoJas Perricone
O-Mega Moisture, £47 (perriconemd.co.uk). This intensive moisturiser helps instantly
hydrate parched skin, so is Ideal for the harsh winter months.
What Does It Do? Acai berries (from Central
and South America) have up to twice as many antioxidant anthocyanins as
blueberries, meaning they're super-effective at helping to put the skin-ageing
process on a go-slow.
How Does It Work? As well as being rich in
antioxidants, acai berries contain high levels of omega 3 and 6 fats which
reduce skin inflammation; monounsaturated oleic acid, which helps skin absorb
oil; up to 19 different amino acids, which are essential for quick and healthy
cell turnover: and high levels of vitamin A and C, both key ingredients in many
traditional anti-wrinkle creams.
Find It In… Jergens Daily Moisturising
Body Moisturiser, $7.95 (jergens.co.uk). This quickly absorbed lotion, made
with 97% natural ingredients, combats free radicals and provides long-lasting
moisture so skin stays supple.
skin healing spice
What Does It Do? Turmeric, more commonly
found in Asian cooking than on the beauty counter, has long been used in
ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and to even out skin
How Does It Work? Curcumin, a major compound
of turmeric, minimises the free-radical activity that causes inflammation in
the skin and helps to control liquid peroxidation, part of the skin- damaging
free-radical chain reaction.
Find It In… Yllume Ultimate
Illuminating Complex Cream, $183 (yllume.co.uk). This nourishing natural blend
boosts the skin's own regenerative powers and is particularly good for damaged