Feeding your face LITERALLY
Eva Mendes, looking good. Photo: Getty
Pick up any moisturiser or serum of late and you'll find it boasts the same kinds of ingredients you'd expect to read on the juice menu at an organic cafe. And for good reason.
"If you're going to the effort of nourishing your body with vitamin-, mineral- and enzyme-rich foods, it makes sense to feed your skin with the same ingredients for added protection," says Amber Scott, from Ella Baché.
When it comes to skin superfoods, it's all about the antioxidant factor. "Antioxidant-rich foods such as berries and tomatoes work overtime to help neutralise free radicals, the unstable molecules created by environmental stressors - pollution, cigarettes, UV rays - that damage the skin's protective mechanisms," explains Scott.
Enter Ella Baché Fruit d'Eclat à la Tomate Bio, $110, 1800 789 234. It's a lightweight lotion boasting organic tomato pulp that's rich in lycopene, the naturally occurring antioxidant found in red vegetables, along with a host of other vitamin- and mineral-packed wonders, such as apricot, grape and orange, for a souped-up hit of moisture that's ripe for winter skin.
Although beauty brands are happy to travel to the ends of the earth to discover never-used-before ingredients, it seems that kitchen staples, such as honey and oats, along with Cleopatra's favourite, milk, are still hot commodities.
If you like your body lotions rich, try Lanolips Lovely Lanolin Triple Buttermilk Body Balm for Very Dry Skin, $24 - below (02) 9315 9315, before topping things off with The Body Shop Honey Bronze Lip Nectar, $23, 1800 065 232. This golden-hued gloss is packed with honey, one of Mother Nature's most powerful moisturisers, which promises to keep your pucker feeling smooth and soft long after the shine's worn off.
Speaking of honey ...
The perfume world is on a sugar high. "While sweet notes of caramel and chocolate are still popular, we're also seeing the inclusion of nearly edible delights," says fragrance expert and author Michael Edwards. Try Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina eau de parfum, $72 for 30ml, (02) 8070 1405, which has a panna cotta finish sweet enough to stave off a 3pm sugar crash.