Antioxidants and superfoods are becoming widely renowned, talked about and recognized for the natural goodness and boost they give to our bodies – both inside and out!
Here are some of our favourites, why we love them and which products you can find them in. If you know of others that you love please let us know!
And you may well be asking what is an antioxidant? … And a Superfood??
Sooooooo many names, so many good things…
1. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
Quite the ingredient around town at the moment, activated charcoal helps to rid the body of toxins and traps unwanted particles
Often used to treat skin ailments such as acne, as it binds with dirt and other environmental toxins that cause the irritation
RH products: Activated Charcoal Soap
2. AHA & BHA
‘Shine on Through’ (our very own Elton John moment) – Unglue the bonds holding the dead dull skin on the surface of your skin
Skin naturally exfoliates every day but over time & with sun exposure this process slows & skin can becoe dry, flaky, clogged & enlarged pores & uneven skin tone
AHA & BHA help skin exfoliate buildup & that helps your soft hydrated skin beneath ‘…shine on through’
RH products: Exfoliant
3. ALMOND OIL
Light texture that easily absorbs into the skin and contains Vitamin A
4. ALOE VERA
‘Vera…. I said ‘allo’. Sorry we just couldn’t resist (and know you wish we would strongly resist that urge!)
Aloe barbadensis, or aloe vera, is a succulent plant offering many benefits which is suited fto all skin types, especially dry, damaged and sensitive skin. Known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, humectant and soothing, anti-itch qualities when used on the skin.
Composed mainly of water, along with
• Polysaccharides giving aloe its hydrating, emollient and anti-inflammatory benefits, while creating a protective barrier on the skin.
• Anthraquinones, which offer antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics.
• Flavones offering further protection from free-radical damage.
• Phytosterols as anti-inflammatories, calm and soothe itchy skin, whilst also moisturizing and protecting the skin from trans-epidermal water loss
• Glycosides which promote healthy cell regeneration and offer antihistaminic (anti-allergen) properties, while vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids nourish the skin.
RH products: Hydration Mist, Dry Touch Sunscreen
5. AUSTRALIAN KAKADU PLUM
Don’t you just love the name?
What could be more Australian, and reminiscent of our harsh extremes, than Kakadu. Not too mention that its just super…
An Australian native superfood & identified as the worlds richest source of Vit C.
Full of antioxidants (that work to detoxify and flush out toxins), bioactive & medicinal properties
Great for every skin tyoe, particularly blemish prone skin
RH Products: Cleanser, Antioxidant Face Cream
Helps other ingredients to penetrate deeply into the skin – it moisturizes deep down
Inhibits the enzymes in skin that cause collagen to break down whilst also stimulating collagen (keeps the skin elastic & firm) production
RH Products: Deliciae Eye Cream
9. COCOA BUTTER
High in fatty acids helping to hydrate, nourish the skin and improve elasticity by forming a protective barrier over the skin
RH products: Buller Bliss Hand & Body Custard
When you talk about radicals do you think of songs (goggle it – you will be Surprised but Supertramp find it ‘Logical, lyrical…’), the naughty teenager next door, or the free radicals that are in the environment?
The last one is why you’re here – CoQ10 is an antioxidant
Helps to neutralize harmful free radicals that affect the cell regenerating functions of collagen & elastin
Skin soothing effects
Oil sinks straight in and delivers a boost of nutrients
RH products: CoQ10 & Rosehip Complex Oil