By Kaleigh Fasanella, she/her
Alfalfa is a skincare ingredient that often flies under the radar—but we’re out to change that. Why? Because the nutrient-dense plant is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that greatly benefit the skin, so it’s about time we give it the recognition it deserves. So what are the benefits of alfalfa for skin?
“Alfalfa, or Medicago Sativa, is an amazing source of essential phytonutrients, including vitamins A, B, D, E, and K, chlorophyll, polyphenols, amino acids, biotin, and a plethora of skin-loving minerals,” says Jacob Tomás del Rosario, Youth To The People’s Senior Regional Sales and Education Executive. “It’s also packed with antioxidants that battle the oxidative stress that occurs from free radicals going rampant in the skin.”
For the unfamiliar, free radicals are generated from both internal and external factors—including too much sun exposure, pollution, cigarette smoke, fried food, and even your own intrinsic stress. These aggressors cause what’s known as “cellular destabilization,” which del Rosario says leads to signs of aging, like sagging skin, fine lines, rough texture, and hyperpigmentation.
Because alfalfa is rich in antioxidants that ward off free radicals, it’s an excellent ingredient to add to your skincare routine. Not only will it stave off premature signs of aging, but it will also aid in easing redness and irritation due to its high concentration of nourishing vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it’s completely safe for all skin types—even those with ultra-sensitive complexions.
“Along with spinach, kale, green tea, chamomile, and aloe, you can find alfalfa as a key component in our proprietary Superfood blend at the heart of our Superfood Cleanser,” says del Rosario. “Additionally, it’s present in the Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, and our Superfood Hydrate + Firm Peptide Eye Cream.”
For optimal results, incorporate all three products into your routine—this way you’ll receive the benefits of alfalfa in multiple forms.
Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People