[By Ali Jonas]

From broccoli to zap wrinkles, melon for moisturising… we put ‘super’ food skincare to the test.

Skincare has undergone a revolution. Now it’s not just about problem solving but getting to the root of the problem. Skin health trumps over cosmetic camouflage, explaining why there has been a boom of skincare using superfoods a their key ingredient.

From blueberries to pomegranates, we’ve all heard about the antioxidant effect of ‘super’ foods, which fight the free radicals that are associated with ageing.

Until now, we’ve been eating them to reap their benefits. But a new generation of skincare products harnessing the power of an unlikely range of ‘super’ fruits, vegetables and spices are hitting the beauty shelves (durian face serum, anyone?) and promise to make you look years younger.

But do they really work when applied topically or are they just a gimmick? We put them to the test..


Dr Perricone Super First Blush Brightening Serum


Melons are known for their anti-ageing carotenoids, which is vital for maintaining cellular health and protecting skin from oxidative stress — this is what accelerates the internal ageing process and manifests itself externally as wrinkles.


This light lotion smoothes on under your normal moisturiser in the morning, smells like freshly-cut melon and gives a welcome plumpness. We love its non-greasy texture.


Biotherm Skin.Ergetic Serum


If you hate broccoli as a child, here’s another way to load up on this super vegetable’s antioxidant properties—by applying it directly to your skin! It may not be everyone’s favourite veg, but broccoli contains a secret weapon against tired-looking skin — sulforaphane. Taken from broccoli sprouts, this extract stimulates skin cells to defend themselves against the rigours of modern life.


Packed with active ingredients, this is a good way to add some anti-ageing clout to your skincare regime without having to spend a lot. We love the packaging the fresh feel of the serum.


Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer


Asians love this fruit, while westerners have been know to give it a miss. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, the durian fruit has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy, aphrodisiac and diet staple. It is famed for its pungent smell — so much so that in Singaporeans aren’t allowed to take it on public transport! Love it or hate it, it’s loaded with good-for-you sugars such as trehalose and raffinose. These reduce cellular dehydration and improve barrier function.


We were a little wary about smelling like a walking “human durian”  but this product made a definite difference over two weeks improving skin tone and boosting hydration.


Sloane Inc Skin Super food Red Algae


This ultra light gel harnesses the power of Astaxanthin, known to be one of the most powerful antioxidants around. It’s said to be 6000 times more potent than vitamin C, and is derived from red algae. Known for its superior free radical fighting form, it is said to boost overall skin helth while delivering anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle benefits.


Super lightweight, oil-free finish means gel was fast penetrating and left no greasy feel on skin. Skin definitely looks brighter and poresvisbly smaller after a few applications!


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11 thoughts on “Feed your skin Literally!”

  1. I have been using Biotherm Skin.Ergetic Serum for about one week now, and my first impression of it is the ultra-refreshing scent it has. It gives off a subtle citrus fragrance that really helps to perk me up in the day.

    The product also has exfoliant properties, so it helps get rid of dead skin cells so that the goodness of the product can penetrate more easily into the skin. This property leaves your skin feeling very soft after application.

    I am very generous with the amount but the serum absorbs very easily, so it is tempting to apply even more after each application, especially since it leaves a very pleasant, cooling sensation on the skin.

    After using it for a week, I notice my complexion brighten visibly, making my skin looks fresher, healthier and less tired.

  2. I got a two use sample of the Dr Perricone Super First Blush Brightening Serum from Sephora. I could not wait to try this. I had read about how great this was in a magazine. They were kind of right and kind of wrong. This has a horrible scent to it. I had a hard time applying it without being a little grossed out. It is not fruity and I figured it would have a fruity smell to it. This left my skin more red then pink. So I defintely had a blush! The one thing I liked was that my skin felt moisturized after it had sunk in for a little while.

  3. I tried a sample of the Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer and used it every day for 2 weeks. It servery dried out my under-eyes, which caused me to get more fine lines and wrinkles.

  4. i totally love the idea of using natural ingredients that can improve skin health! This is the way to go for skincare.

  5. Skin Superfood at The Sloane Clinic is quite new isn’t it? I tried it at the clinic the other day and i must say the texture felt really good. price is a little steep though.

  6. I am on my 3rd of of Sloane Inc’s Skin Superfood. I like the oil-free feel, and the fact my skin looks brighter after. also it doesn’t sting or cause any peeling even though i have quite sensitive skins. so maybe natural ingredients are best for people like me. i am keen to try dr perricone’s melon serum after, anyone has any idea where it is sold?

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