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Do Food-Based Skincare Products Really Give Results?

It was just today that I went looking in the fridge for something to eat. Having not ‘adulted’ (necessary adult responsibilities) too hard this weekend, I hadn’t gone to the grocery for the week yet and it was slim pickings. So I’m poking around the usual suspects (cottage cheese, blueberries, tofu….) & then remember I bought CHEESE that I used to make a recipe that Josh asked for. Some short rib sandwich, it was really good. Anyways, so I’m eyeing the cheese & say to myself, ‘Colleen, you’ve cut out so much cheese out of your life, don’t be tempted because you didn’t adult.’ (I’m trying to cut out dairy for my keratosis pilaris & eczema symptoms) So, as that little voice told me not to do it, I went for the organic pita wrap thingy with peanut butter instead. Which was of course far less tasty, but ‘healthier’ none the less. So you may be reading this and thinking, ‘Colleen, I’m not sure I care so much about your diet’, well then you may friend are thinking rationally cause my diet is boring. But what if we didn’t think about a diet in reference to consumption, but rather a diet that’s applied topically. Can you have a ‘skincare diet’? According to skincare trends, data & experts, a skincare regime that includes dietary items does actually give you results, when applied directly to your skin! And for all my cheese lovers out there, NO, there isn’t going to be cheese in any of these winning products 😉 Sorry, I too wish I could find a cheese-based miracle cream or gawd, I’d even do a mask that fixed all my ailments.

Below are our very favorite food-based skincare ingredients & products that Cheeky thinks you should consider. If you have a food-based skincare product that you know and love, let us know in the comment’s section below.


Research led by Dr. Stephen Hsu, a cell biologist in the Medical College of Georgia Department of Oral Biology, helped to discover that compounds in green tea called polyphenols (specifically the polyphenol EGCG) actually reactivated dying skin cells. He went on to say, “Cells that migrate toward the surface of the skin normally live about 28 days, and by day 20, they basically sit on the upper layer of the skin getting ready to die…But EGCG reactivates them.”

So in normal human terms, matcha is proven to bring your dead skin cells to life. I have a had a positive experience with the Matcha Mud Mask I recommend below. The one thing to keep in mind with this guy is that I did find it somewhat ‘drying’ to my already super dry skin, so if you have that skin type, I’d recommend you use once a week.

Green Tea Matcha Mud Mask

  • Anti-aging
  • Antioxidants
  • Helps treat acne
  • Nourishing


When I think of superfoods, I tend to think of leafy greens like kale. Basically to me, a superfood is a dietary item with a crazy range of nutrients. Whether it’s kale, blueberries, etc., these guys are the building blocks your skin (and body) needs to function optimally. And just like how superfoods are amazing for your general health, you can get those amazing benefits delivered to you topically through superfood-based skincare.

#CheekyConfidential Kale and leafy greens provide tons of antioxidants that are awesome for reducing and repairing UV damage from free radicals!

Sunday Riley JUNO Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil

‘Achieve velvety soft skin with JUNO Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil from Sunday Riley. Infused with a botanically active blend of superfood seed oils and antioxidants, this nourishing face oil protects and brightens skin, unveiling a healthy glow.

Key Ingredients:

  • Blueberry Seed Oil: high antioxidant levels, vitamin E and Omega-3
  • Cranberry Seed Oil: rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, perfect balance of Omega 3-6-9
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil: soothing and calming properties
  • Broccoli Seed Oil: rich in vitamin A and erucic acid (an Omega-9 oil)’


My mom and I recently started taking a Hum beauty supplement that contains probiotics so this had me thinking about how probiotics applied topically would benefit your skin.

As Dr. Roshini Raj (gastroenterologist and founder of skin care line Tula) told New York magazine, research suggests that the “skin responds as well to probiotics as the gut does.” The article then went on to cite one study from NCBI which found that topically applied lactic acid bacterium increased the ceramides in the skin.

#CheekyConfidential Naturally found in the outer layers of your skin, ceramides play a role in maintaining your skin’s moisture levels. These lipids make up about 20% of the skin’s intercellular matrix and act as the glue that holds surface dermal cells together. Without ceramides your skin becomes irritated, dry and at risk for major skin concerns like eczema and psoriasis.

So when I think of probiotic skincare, I think of what skin issues you get when you have gut problems…That would include eczema, dry skin, acne & keratosis pilaris to name a few. When using probiotics on your skin, you’ll see improvements in all those ailments, or so they say.

TULA Kefir Moisture Repair Pressed Serum

‘Reveal fresher, healthier-looking skin with Kefir Moisture Repair Pressed Serum from TULA Skincare. Enriched with a kefir-based formula, this highly concentrated face serum works to soothe and quench parched, stressed and irrirated skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Kefir Hydro-Complex: contains 4 powerful strains of probiotics sourced from kefir provide exceptional moisture and calm skin
  • Ceramid Complex: promotes water retention and assists with wrinkle reduction
  • Arctic Winged Kelp: increases elasticity, radiance and firmness
  • Weightless Botanical Oils: deeply nourishes chapped, irritated skin’

– 96% of women agreed their skin no longer felt dehydrated, dry, or tight after just 1 week
– 96% of women agreed their skin felt like it is was wrapped in comforting hydration after just 1 week


I’m obsessed with anything honey for the skin! Raw honey is incredible for your skin thanks to its antibacterial properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants! To me, honey has a few skin-saving properties that all of us Cheeky’s could benefit from:

  • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s helpful for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Maturing: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing the maturing process.
  • (Cheeky)Complexion boost: It is very, very moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create dewy skin.
  • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer with Echinacea GreenEnvy

  • ‘Proprietary Honey Blend: Known for its soothing and humectant properties, this special honey delivers skin-loving moisture and nourishment, plus antioxidants.
  • Triple Hyaluronic Acid Complex: Helps boost skin’s natural moisture, plus supports firmness and elasticity.
  • Cupuaçu Butter Beads: Melt easily into skin, releasing nurturing, long-lasting moisture, supporting moisture barrier function and helping to soften the skin.’

After a 4-week study and consumer panel test:
– 92% of panelists indicated that Honey Drop left the skin moisturized and replenished for 8 hours
– 95% of panelists indicated that Honey Drop left skin feeling hydrated
– 95% of panelists indicated that Honey Drop left skin feeling soft and smooth throughout the course of the study

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