Relatively new to the American diet, quinoa is a nutrient rich super-food indigenous to Bolivia and Peru where it has been apart of the culture for centuries. We are all aware of it's health benefits being high in essential amino acids, fiber and iron. But there's other uses too, like skin care!
Quinoa is just the right texture to exfoliate your skin. It’s rough enough to remove dead skin cells that can clog your pores but isn’t so harsh that it harms the skin’s protective barrier, like some commercial exfoliants.
“Although it’s been used for many years in places where it’s indigenous, quinoa is becoming very trendy in the United States for skincare. People already know about it as a super-food, and they want to explore other uses for it,” says Sonia Batra, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and co-host of The Doctors. “And there’s some science backing its benefits for the skin. It’s not just good for you if you eat it.”
“The reason quinoa is getting more buzz as a physical exfoliator is because the husk itself is really soft, and there are no sharp edges that could tear the skin,” says Batra.
If anti-aging is your biggest skin concern, there are also quinoa-based moisturizers. As we age, we have fewer oil glands. As a result, the skin retains less moisture, making it more likely to sag. A quality moisturizer, however, will provide the hydration needed to prevent these changes. And one made with quinoa can provide additional protection from fine lines and wrinkles.
The health conscious among us probably have quinoa in the pantry. Try it!