Our wellness obsession continues, and we’ve long touted the health benefits of adaptogens, plants, fermented goods, herbs and spices in our cupboards. Most of these goodies have made their way into the mainstream in drinks, supplements and powders, and are becoming part of our everyday lives even more. These ancient wellness superfoods have rich histories, and now we’re seeing them used in innovative ways to get the most out of them. These ingredients also have a wealth of skincare benefits, so they fit right at home in beauty, giving these products more of a holistic approach.
If you’re ready to boost your skincare, we’ve got the rundown of wellness ingredients you need to know for your skin and overall well-being.
These mushrooms pack a punch when it comes to health benefits, as they have more antioxidants than both blueberries and açaí berries. Chaga is also an anti-inflammatory and helps the body to better adapt to stress, which also makes them an ideal skincare ingredient.
Set to save your skin this winter, this hydrating moisturiser utilises the benefits of Lapland-grown chaga and eases any irritation and feelings of tightness that occurs as a result of dry skin.
This honey can do it all with its antimicrobial and antibacterial healing powers. Mānuka honey is the one to look out for, as it boasts the most health benefits (energy, an immunity boost and improved digestion).
With the highest grade of mānuka honey found in New Zealand, you know you’ll be getting all of the healing properties of this ingredient in this nourishing cream. Sticking to the theme, you’ll also find bee venom in here which works on increasing blood flow for plenty of plumpness.
There’s no denying that CBD (cannabidiol) is having a moment thanks to its pain-reducing, relaxing and anti-inflammatory benefits. You might have seen the non-psychoactive extract from the cannabis plant in a latte at a wellness café, but it’s also making its way into skincare.
The “so rich it could be a mask” formula ensures that your skin’s moisture levels stay in good shape throughout the night. With CBD’s skin-healing abilities combined with apple stem cells, hyaluronic acid and a blend of vitamins, you might not recognise the radiance awaiting you in the mirror when you wake up.
The unprocessed chocolate manages to retain its superfood status during processing, so you’re getting all of the nutritional benefits that your usual chocolate bar lacks. Raw cacao is rich in magnesium, iron and amino acids, making it a treat for both your body and skin.
A mask to fulfil all of your detoxifying and circulation boosting needs while rich marula and baobab oils work to deeply nourish skin. Cacao’s not the only heavy-hitting superfood in here, though. You’ll also benefit from beetroot, turmeric and sage too.
This powerhouse of a herb is the leader of the adaptogen pack. Well-known for its use in Ayurvedic medicine, it regulates stress and calms the mind as well as boost the immune system and giving skin a much needed antioxidant hit.
A bodywash to cleanse your mind, body and spirit. You’ll find the most aromatic wake-up call inside this bottle, as it’s filled with spicy ginger, ashwagandha, shiso leaf and peppercorns.
You know an ingredient has reached primetime when you can get a turmeric latte at every high-street café. The anti-inflammatory orange hued spice touts a long list of health benefits, including aiding in digestion and joint pain.
Turmeric is used in this jelly mask as a free-radical fighting antioxidant. It’s a natural soother, which makes this treatment a must-have for dry and winter-weary skin.
There are so many nutrients in this algae that it’s pretty much all you need in your green juice. With calcium, magnesium, zinc and a host of vitamins, it’s well worth introducing into your diet.
Get your double dose of greens by sipping on a smoothie as you apply this mask. Made to strengthen and feed the skin with both chlorella and spirulina, this is the ultimate glow-getter.
Another medicinal mushroom that deserves a place in your store cupboard and skincare, reishi can be found in teas, supplements and protein powders. It’s great for fighting colds and works wonders on sensitive and dry skin.
Getting skin back into balance after cleansing, this lotion locks in moisture and calms everything down as a preparatory step.
This fermented tea has taken the place of our usual midafternoon fizz, as it’s filled with gut-friendly good bacteria. It also boosts moisture, protects against pollution and adds a dewy glow to the skin.
Well worth the extra step in your routine, prep your skin for post-cleanse products with this lightweight and balancing essence.
This fragrant herb (also known as tulsi) has been a staple in India for thousands of years. Used in Ayurveda for reducing inflammation, fighting colds and for its antioxidant properties, you need to start looking out for it in your skincare too.
Holy basil isn’t the only wellness fave tucked away in this skin-soothing and stress-reducing cream. The ingredients list reads like an adaptogenic latte blend, as it also includes ashwagandha, rhodiola and reishi.
From toothpaste to pore refiners, charcoal has been making waves for all the right reasons. Renowned for its ability to absorb and bind unwanted toxins, this potent powder has also been popping up in skincare for its ability to banish blackheads.
Charcoal and soap are a match made in heaven, and this bar looks just as good as it feels on the skin. Drawing out grime and dirt, this is just what you need to both cleanse and heal skin.
Next up, our pick of the best wellness mists.