Super Foods and Cosmetics
Super Foods stands for nutraceutical foods, a specific food-derived category, which besides their nutritional properties have the ability to positively influence one or more physiological functions, so as to preserve or improve the body health and wellbeing.
Amongst the best known are blueberry, avocado, acai berries, olive oil, chia seeds, grapes, broccoli, pomegranate and others, but each continent has its own Super Foods, depending on its climatic zone and soil characteristics.
In recent years, the use of these plants in cosmetics has grown tremendously following the discovery of their powerful antioxidant benefits as well as of their vitamin- and mineral-rich content, which contribute to a more radiant and healthier skin.
Australian cosmetics are pioneers in this field
Cosmetics and make-up contain large concentrations of Super Foods native to this continent. In order to survive in particularly harsh microclimates, some plants produce very effective substances, including antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, in exceptional quantities.
Kakadu plum, for example, has 100 times more vitamin C content than an orange, Davidson plum has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties while desert lime helps reducing the damage caused by UV rays.