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Dr. G is firm believer in the concept ‘You are what you eat’. If your diet is subpar, one of the first places it can show is on the skin (skin health often acts as a major indicator to what is happening internally). Being the largest organ of the body, the skin not only reflects internal state of health, but is also the first line of defense between the internal and external environment. In this recipe, the key ingredient is quinoa. Quinoa contains high levels of riboflavin which provides elasticity to the skin to give it the required softness and resiliency. It also works to tone the skin and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

What you need: 

The Energetic SaladInspired by plant profusion energetic eye cream

2 cups quinoa (high in riboflavin and protein)

1 cup raspberries (high levels of the anti-oxidant Resveratrol)

1/2 orange (Vitamin C)

2 teaspoons olive oil (Omega fatty acids)

2 basil leaves chopped (high in Vitamin K + Iron)

Cook Quinoa until soft and then let cool at room temperature. In separate bowl mix raspberries, orange,oil oil and chopped basil leaves. Mix together and serve at room temperature. This salad will fill you up and give you all the energy you need to finish your day!

Taking vitamins and eating foods high in vitamins is the most efficient way to stay healthy inside. The skin is the last area that those vitamins and foods will reach. We sat down with Dr. Goldfaden to get his break down of vitamins and other super foods for both inside health and outside beauty.

1. We know what vitamin C does for your skin, but what are the 1-2 most crucial things it can do for your body (when ingested)?

Vitamin C is arguably the most important vitamin due to all its capabilities internally and externally. While it is hard to choose 1-2 of the most     crucial jobs this vitamin has, it is an antioxidant that fights free radicals and supports the immune system and helps make collagen in the body.

2. Quinoa which contains Riboflavin is incredibly healthy to eat and one of the newest ingredients in anti-aging skincare. What is Riboflavin and   what other foods can it be found in?

Riboflavin is Vitamin B2. Usually B2 is combined with another type of Vitamin B, such as Niacinimide (B3), when formulated in skincare products. Foods and ingredients that are high in Vitamin B2 are almonds, oily fish, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, sesame seed and chia seeds (see below)

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Image via Nadine Greef

Eating super foods is important for a healthy balanced diet but using them topically in skincare products can be beneficial to the skin as well. A few to look for:

Kale

Kale is high in vitamins A, C and K. Kale protects/fights against free radical damage reduces inflammation and detoxifies the skin. Vitamin A aids in rebuilding skin and Vitamin K helps to diminish dark under eye circles and puffiness.

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are high in Omega 3- an omega fatty acid. Chia seed oil hydrates and can also help acne prone skin. Chia seeds contain vitamins B3, B2 and Zinc, which is high in anti-aging benefits.

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Yogurt

Lactic Acid is an AHA that is beneficial in exfoliation (removing dead skin cells), fighting/reversing pigmentation and promoting collagen production. Yogurt is a great at-home way to target the above mentioned issues.

The newest ingredient out

White Birds of Paradise. Strelitzia Nicolai or Giant White Bird of Paradise seed extract increases skin luminosity while improving hydration and smoothness. A native South African plant, it belongs to the plant family Sterilitzia. In South Africa it is commonly called the crane flower and is featured on the back of the 50 cent coin. White Birds of Paradise are found in all of our new Plant Profusion collection, as it is one of the main ingredients in our proprietary complex, PURFLORA. White birds of paradise is a multifunctional ingredient that works to restore skin’s youthful appearance by reducing uneven skin pigmentation, dull, lackluster complexion resulting in an increased illuminated glow.