Superfoods for All Skin Types

In the world of skincare, there is no single best ingredient for perfect skin. Just like your body needs a variety of healthy foods to thrive, your skin needs a mix of beneficial ingredients to look its best. One of the ways is to introduce different types of natural skincare products made with superfoods into your skincare routine – they’re one of the secrets to getting better skin.

If there’s such a thing as beauty foods for skin, superfoods are it. Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods that supply the skin with antioxidants. These natural superfoods also deliver essential fatty acids and vital replenishing ingredients to enrich and strengthen our skin’s barrier. Going further, some superfoods do all of that and provide soothing skincare benefits.

Whether you’re looking for foods for clear skin, foods for glowing skin, or just want skin that looks and feels its best, both eating and applying superfoods can help. After examining the research at Paula’s Choice Skincare, we’ve come up with a list of the top 10 superfoods for skin which we use in our natural skincare products.

Superfoods: Top 10 Natural Skincare Ingredients

Before you dive into this list, know that these picks aren’t the only superfoods for your skin to consider. Just as there are lots of antioxidants that can help your skin, there are lots of superfoods that enhance skin’s appearance. These superfoods are among the most well-researched and can be found readily in Paula’s Choice products:

Flaxseed oil

Flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil) is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which has a moisturising and calming action on the skin. We include flaxseed oil with other omega fatty acids in our Omega+ Complex Moisturizer.

Chia seed oil

Chia is another rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, along with other replenishing fatty acids and potent antioxidants. It works to visibly reduce redness and is a great skincare ingredient for sensitive skin. This natural skincare superfood is present in our Omega+ Complex Serum.


Like all dark and brightly coloured berries (the lot of which count as superfoods), blueberries are a phenomenal source of antioxidants known as polyphenols, which have a notable ability to visibly calm skin. Our skin is bombarded daily with things that can sensitise it, so anything you can do to defend against this damage leads to better skin. Find blueberries in our Earth Sourced Power Berry Antioxidant Serum.


This leafy green’s deep colour is evidence of the antioxidants it contains, including the plant polyphenol ingredient quercetin. It’s also a source of replenishing fatty acids like palmitic acid and brightening azelaic acid. Arugula leaf (Latin name: Eruca sativa) is one of the numerous pollution-fighting antioxidants in our Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer.


This fruit is a great source of lutein, an antioxidant proven to help shield skin from damaging blue light, including what’s emitted from digital devices like computer screens and smartphones. It’s also a rich source of the classic antioxidant vitamin C and proven to protect skin from the visible effects of airborne pollutants. Kiwi’s environmental advantage is why we added it to our Water Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer and Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30.


Oats are gentle powerhouses of soothing compounds that minimise signs of aggravated skin and ease uncomfortable dryness. Their soothing ability is why we include oat kernel extract (among other skin soothers) in our Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment.


This spice is a natural source of curcumin and its derivatives, ingredients that have potent antioxidant and calming abilities. A growing body of research has shown that topical application of curcumin-derived ingredients visibly improves various types of skin concerns and diseases. Find them in our Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer.

Olive oil

Not just for cooking or salad dressing, olive oil’s fatty acid and antioxidant content can dramatically improve skin texture, tone, and resilience. You can’t have glowing skin with a diet that lacks olive oil! It’s also easy to find amongst organic skincare products, including in our Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner, which contains oleic acid – a chief fatty acid in olive oil.

Green tea

This popular beverage is among the most researched antioxidants, and also considered among the most effective for addressing signs of ageing, including wrinkles and loss of firmness. As a result, your skin feels firmer and smoother. One component in green tea, known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), is especially impressive. We include EGCG in several products, including our 10% Niacinamide Booster and Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner.

Red grapes

All types of grapes are a good source of antioxidants for the skin, but red grapes in particular are a natural source of an exciting organic antioxidant known as resveratrol. Studies have shown that topical application of resveratrol helps protect the skin’s surface from ageing elements, while also promoting an even skin tone. Find resveratrol in our Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 and Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Hyaluronic Acid.

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