by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

Meet Purslane, the Anti-Ageing Superhero Ingredient

Image via @drbarbarasturm

While its name might not be familiar, you’ve probably seen it before. The plant with fleshy leaves, formally known as portulaca oleracea, is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herb, with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium. It has amazing regenerative powers that slow skin ageing—which is why Dr. Barbara Sturm includes it in several products in her cult-favourite, eponymous skincare range. 

Here’s what you need to know about this spectacular superfood ingredient:⁣

It’s anti-ageing

Purslane contains powerful antioxidants that stimulate collagen and cell repair, which helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles and even scarring. Studies have shown that it helps to protect the telomere length, which in turn, protects the end of the chromosome from deteriorating, slowing skin ageing. ⁣

It’s anti-inflammatory

Purslane contains an outstanding amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an essential role in the inflammatory process.⁣ ⁣

It’s rich in antioxidants and minerals

The herb also possesses one of the highest concentrations of vitamin A among vegetables and it also has six times more vitamin E than spinach. You’ll also find beta carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C… all of which protect the skin from environmental aggressors. ⁣Not to mention minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron, which help regulate healthy body function and maintain optimal skin health. ⁣

BEAUBIT TIP: Make yourself a delicious, skin-boosting smoothie by blending fresh purslane with apple, orange, and some ice. ⁣You can also toss it into your salad or stir-fry it the way you would your usual veggies.