Red Quinoa.

We all know that red quinoa is a delicious, protein-packed superfood, but did you know that it’s also great for your skin? Our extensive research has shown us the powerful soothing, brightening and anti-aging potential of red quinoa, and we’re excited to be early adopters of this incredible ingredient.

Want to know more? Here are just some of the mouth-watering benefits that red quinoa extract can offer your skin, and why it’s perfect for a Kerello face mask. 

What is red quinoa?

As you probably already know, quinoa is a type of grain. It grows in Taiwan (where ours comes from) and the Andean region of South America, and comes in three varieties – white, black, and red. Red quinoa is known as the “ruby of cereals” for its rich, bright colour. 

So, what is red quinoa good for? Even in its cooked state, quinoa is known for its many health-boosting properties: its high protein content makes it very nutritious; its plentiful antioxidants help fight cell aging and mutation; and it’s rich in skin-brightening B vitamins. It’s hardly surprising that it packs a powerful skin care punch, too. 

What does red quinoa do for the skin?

It turns out that quinoa has been used in skin care for thousands of years, particularly in the places it’s native to – first in its whole form, and now as an extract. Among other things, quinoa contains vitamin B3, which soothes inflammation and redness and helps to repair the skin barrier.

This super-grain carries even more benefits for those of us who are prone to outbreaks: red quinoa can help to soothe and restore acne-scarred skin, thanks to the ecysteroids and matrix metalloproteinases (try saying that very fast three times) it contains.

Red quinoa can help to brighten the skin by reducing age spots, and even out skin tone. It does this by inhibiting the activity of tyrosine, an enzyme that stimulates the body to produce melanin and causes age spots. In clinical tests, red quinoa extract was able to reduce tyrosine activity by up to 43%.

What does red quinoa do to reduce visible signs of aging?

One of the most remarkable properties of red quinoa is its ability to help the body build collagen. Collagen is the substance that keeps the skin firm, elastic and wrinkle-free, but once we’re in our 20s, our bodies start producing 1.5% less of it year on year.

Red quinoa helps prevent wrinkles and reduce their appearance because it contains ingredients that increase collagen production and prevent collagen damage: lysine helps the skin absorb calcium and build collagen. In clinical tests, the application of red quinoa extract to the skin raised skin collagen content by up to 12.6%.

As well as helping the body to produce collagen, red quinoa can help prevent further damage to collagen thanks to its high antioxidant. Red quinoa can help to neutralise free radicals and inhibit glycation, a process where sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins in the skin and forms harmful advanced glycation end products (ironically called A.G.E.s for short).

What does red quinoa do in Kerello Face Masks?

The anti-aging and moisturising qualities of red quinoa make it a perfect companion to the other ingredients of Kerello’s face masks: the anti-aging miracle peptide matrixyl 3000, which works alongside the peptides that are naturally present in red quinoa, and the fantastically hydrating hyaluronic acid.

Kerello contains all this goodness in liposome bubbles, which are so tiny they can get right down into the dermis, where they’re most effective. This all soaks into a mask made from bio-cellulose, which can absorb up to 10 times as much fluid as a paper and hydrogel mask and release it much more effectively.

So, there you have it: red quinoa doesn’t just taste great with a good tagine – it’s also a secret skin care superstar. And in a Kerello face mask, it’s the perfect weekly treat for your beauty routine.