Feeding Your Face with Foodie Cosmetics

Feeding Your Face with Foodie Cosmetics

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Feeding Your Face with Foodie Cosmetics


By Cari Martens

Skin care and cosmetic companies are constantly on the prowl for the next ‘miracle ingredient’ that will make wrinkles vanish or moisturize the skin. But lately it seems their search has had a special focus on food ingredients. Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘feeding your face.’

Cosmetic-quality fruit and vegetable extracts have been around for years, notes Kate Torgovnick, reporting for the International Herald Tribune. But beauty formulations with food ingredients are appearing with greater frequency today. You’ll find tomato in Philosophy Big Mouth Semi-Matte Lip Plump and Primer and mushroom in Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Skin-Calming Face Mask.

Consumers have heard all about the disease-fighting attributes of antioxidants found in certain foods, and it’s not such a big leap to believe those ingredients could foster healthy skin. Quoted in the International Herald Tribune article, Dr. Leslie Baumann, a Miami-based dermatologist calls the trend ‘part of the whole organic, natural movement. People are looking for the same things in their skin care that they know are good for them in their diet.”

Spinach is a good example of this foodie-fashion trend. While only two beauty products contained spinach as an ingredient in 2007, it was found in 10 such products in 2008.

Maybe Popeye’s familiar song lyrics need to be updated to ‘I’m strong to the finish ‘cause I exfoliate with spinach…’

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