Quinoa is an ancient superfood that was discovered 3000 years ago by the Incas, who called it the “mother of all grains”, yet only recently it has started to gain its rightful place in your diet. Although often mistaken for a grain, quinoa is actually the seed of the Chenopodium plant, which belongs to the same family as beets and spinach, and is loaded with nourishing nutrients, including minerals, proteins, vitamins and – what makes it truly unique – all the 8 essential amino acids.
Amino acids are the building blocks of all proteins, making up 75% of the human body. They are therefore essential to all of its functions, including the synthesis of elastin and collagen, two proteins that keep skin elastic and firm. On top of it, amino acids have hydrating properties that keep the epidermis soft and supple and help wounds heal faster. Like this weren’t enough, quinoa is also rich in antioxidants, particularly quercetin, which is well-known for its ability to fight the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles.
While I’m partial to quinoa salads, my skin gets its fix of these tiny, oval-shaped seeds from Skinfood Everyday Quinoa Mask Sheet. I like to incorporate superfood in my skincare routine through sheet masks because the sheet, which fits nicely to my face, acts as a shield that prevents the essence – and with it the precious quinoa extract – from evaporating into the air.
Like all the other sheet masks in the Everyday range (so far, I’ve tried Yogurt and Lentils), the Quinoa Mask Sheet is extremely hydrating. When I take it off 15 minutes later, my skin is softer and suppler, which in turn makes my fine lines look smaller. While the effects of the extra bout of hydration are only temporary, with regular use, the antioxidants it contains can help me slow down the aging process.
I’ve also noticed that, when I wake up the morning after, my skin has taken on a subtle glow that makes it look like it has been light from within during the night. I was already a fan of this superfood for its health benefits but now I am truly amazed by what it can do for my skin, too!
Summary: Skinfood Everyday Quinoa Mask Sheet deeply hydrates and brightens the skin while helping to prevent the appearance of premature aging.
Claims: The quinoa extract rich mask sheet moisturizes and rejuvenates dry skin for a softer, smoother complexion.
Key ingredients: Quinoa extract.
Where to buy: Amazon