Remember when pomegranates, acai and blueberries were just foods you ate? Well, trendy superfoods have a tendency to make their way into skincare as soon as they’ve hit the mainstream, and the latest star ingredient to make the consumption-to-complexion leap is kale. This dark, leafy relative of collard greens is full of antioxidants and vitamins like A, K, and C, plus iron and calcium.
“Kale has a natural ability to reduce redness and flakiness that can be extremely helpful when dealing with skin issues such as rosacea, eczema and acne,” says Dendy E. Engelman, MD, Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Medicine at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City. “It also has anti-inflammatory properties and a significant sulfur content,” he adds.
To supercharge your beauty regimen and nourish your body from the outside in, stock up on these kale-infused skincare products:
Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum: This anti-aging bestseller contains a blend of kale, broccoli sprouts and spinach that promises to boost skin elasticity and collagen production—like a shot of green juice for your complexion.
Alba Botanical Good & Healthy Tinted Perfector Moisturizer: A BB-cream multi-tasker that evens skin tone, hydrates and contains the potent mix of kale, spinach, Swiss chard and aloe extracts found in the entire Good & Healthy line.
Nails Inc. NailKale polish: Kale helps strengthen tips and prevent breakage with every manicure.
Lovinah Naturals Kale Chia Berry Body Serum: Laced with kale, blueberries and chia seeds, this antioxidant-rich oil quenches dry skin from head to toe with a base of apricot kernel and grapeseed oils.
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Universal Mask: Requiring a little DIY-savvy, this powdered blend of 29 veggies (including kale, carrots and cabbage) transforms into a detoxifying facial mask when mixed with a teaspoon of water that’s safe for sensitive skin types. For an extra boost of calming hydration, try mixing the green powder with honey.