Quinoa, a Multi-tasking Beauty Queen
Superfood and super ingredient both, Quinoa has plenty of benefits. Not only does it make for a wholesome and nutritious meal, but it’s also food for the skin. Let’s get to know the secret behind its many super powers
Where did it come from?
Originating in the Andes and mainly cultivated in Peru and Bolivia, quinoa isn't just grown for its edible seeds. Loaded with carbohydrates, fibres and proteins, this versatile grain is also included in creams, either in the form of an extract or as an oil.
Quinoa in skincare
Quinoa helps to repair damaged skin tissue. It contains lysine, essential for producing scar tissue that forms part of the healing process. Lysine (often taken as a supplement) has a proven track record when it comes to dealing with acne and minor skin wounds. Plus, quinoa's soothing, repairing properties make it an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Rich in vitamins
Quinoa also contains iron and riboflavin (AKA vitamin B2), both of which regulate cell energy. It keeps our skin healthy, improves elasticity and prevents the appearance of lines and wrinkles. What's more, its copper content boosts collagen levels and its ability to stimulate hyaluronic acid production keeps skin hydrated.
Quinoa contains a number of polyphenols (natural antioxidants) that neutralise free radicals caused by pollution, stress, alcohol... Free radicals damage cells, leading to premature ageing skin alongside chronic and degenerative diseases such as cancer.
Furthermore, vitamins B and E found in quinoa reduce the dark melanin deposits responsible for age spots and other skin pigment conditions, to leave skin even-toned and brighter.
Reduces oil secretion
Quinoa helps to reduce sebum production, making it great for oily or acne-prone skin. Its high saponin (natural detergent) content means quinoa grains are an effective ingredient for blemished skin.
DIY Quinoa Scrub
Add a scoop of cooked grains to 240ml of water and mix in 60ml of plain yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey. Thanks to honey's antiseptic, healing properties and yoghurt's sebum-regulating action, this quinoa scrub's one for keeps!
There you go. Adding Quinoa to your daily skincare diet is a great way of improving and maintaining the quality of your skin. Just a spoonful or a dab is all you need.