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Beauty buzzword: Phytonutrients

Beauty buzzword: Phytonutrients

Ever heard of phytonutrients? If you have, you'll know just how great they are for boosting both your health and your beauty regime. If you're not familiar with the word, you soon will be.

Broken down, phytonutrients means nutrient from a plant and derives from the Greek word phyto, meaning plant. Plants are packed full of natural chemicals, which work to give them everything from its colour to protecting them from germs, bugs and other threats.

Fruits, vegetables and plant-based foods like whole grains, nuts and tea contain phytonutrients, and when consumed they have numerous health benefits, such as helping prevent disease and keeping your body working properly.

The beauty world in turn has started to include phytonutrients in its offerings, with haircare, skincare and eye products all boasting the compounds.

Whether you want stronger, healthier hair, or a detoxified complexion, your perfect phytonutrients product is out there.


Haircare brand Salon Science relies on more than just beauty knowledge for its products; it also has the power of science behind it. Its Celluluxe range has utilised the rare Swiss Apple, which was close to extinction a few years back. Lauded for its anti-ageing and self-healing properties, the humble fruit is rich in phytonutrients, proteins, and long living cells. These combined help to delay the biological ageing of hair follicles. The line includes shampoo, conditioner, scalp tonic and a masque.


Perricone MD has become known for its no make-up make-up, but its skincare is also a talking point. The Chloro Plasma is an anti-ageing mask which will help detoxify and purify skin. It’s great for more mature women as it gets to work smoothing wrinkles. It also reduces the appearance of pores. This will help skin glow too, with the help of ingredients like blue green algae and watercress, and an abundance of chlorophyll.


It comes as no surprise that skincare favourite Dermalogica have worked phytonutrients into its lotions and potions, like its Intensive Eye Repair. This rich cream is intended for dehydrated lines around the eyes, with its ingredients targeting signs of ageing and damage while also protecting the delicate area from further environmental damage. The phytonutrients specifically help increase elasticity and smooth skin.

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