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Skincare products made or derived from food ingredients aren’t new, but there are more of them than ever.
It’s no secret that the things you eat impact not only how you feel but how you look, too. Sure, people stress over whether or not excess sweets around the holidays will manifest on their waistline, or whether the dish they just ordered might secretly carry something they’re allergic to, but foods you’ve recently eaten appear on your face, too. Literally? No. But your diet does play a role in your skincare routine.
“Nutrient-rich whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats are good for your whole body, and that includes your skin,” board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Rajani Katta, told the American Academy of Dermatology (aka the AAD). It is the same with these nutrients as it is with water: it’s relatively easy to tell if you haven’t had enough by the appearance of your skin. But what if a balanced diet isn’t enough, or maintaining one isn’t easy or even possible for you? Well, there are skincare products that pull foods rich in nutrients and antioxidants into their formulas. Hell, some even emphasize the ingredient’s natural form, creating exfoliants make from olive and lotus kernels or hair oils infused with honey that feel like the real thing.
I’m not saying you should be lathering yourself in lychee juice or massaging cacao powder into your scalp, however good these things may be for you. But I do condone bringing a skincare product either blended or infused with an ingredient oft-saved for culinary purposes exclusively. You’ll reap the benefits of nutrient- and antioxidant-rich foods without having to force them down (if you’re health-food adverse).
Made from a blend of olive stone, rice, lotus seed, green tea, bamboo and lemon peel powders, this Wonder Valley exfoliant falls in line with the rest of the brand’s catalog, which uses olive oil as not only an ingredient but oftentimes the foundation. You don’t just rub this on your skin, though. It’s best to mix it with the brand’s signature Oil Cleanser, but it can be combined with any hydrating oil or serum (just steer clear of other active or harsh ingredients — like retinol).
This hair oil was Gisou’s first product. It’s infused with Mirsalehi Honey, which is harvested from the Mirsalehi Bee Garden, the founder’s family-owned operation. The honey’s a natural humectant, meaning it helps the hair balance its natural moisture level.
Sure, this might sound like one of those faddish skincare experiments you see advertised on Instagram, but Frank Body’s Original Coffee Scrub exfoliates while repairing scars, reducing the visibility of stretch marks and even clearing acne.
Look closely at this one. See that little label? “2020 Vintage.” Like wine, Pelegrims Facial Balm comes with an age statement, because it’s made from pinot noir grapes. The formula, a blend of marine algae, english pinot noir extract and seed oils, moisturizes the skin deep down and promotes collagen production — up to 19-percent over a 24-hour period, research revealed. 
Indie Lee’s easy-to-use cleanser can sub in for your standard facial cleanser, whether that be a bar of soap or a sudsy store-bought option. This one emphasizes ingredients that brighten the skin and even its tone — tomatoes and strawberries included. Lycopene is a tomato-derived antioxidant that protects your skin from the environment. Strawberry Seed Oil, on the other hand, is rich in salicylic acid and vitamins A, B, C and E, ingredients that encourage elasticity. 
Kale and spinach… sounds like a solid green smoothie. But the two are also great for your face, especially when packaged with hyaluronic acid. The resulting formula is antioxidant-rich and capable of delivering your skin several different essential phytonutrients. 
Elemis employs a handful of superfoods in its facial oil: a blend of broccoli, rosehips, flaxseed and daikon radish. Sounds like a nice little salad, right? Right — for your face. It’s non-greasy and rich in antioxidants and essentially fatty acids.

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