Now that we’ve talked about vitamins for your overall health, let’s take it back to beauty and talk about the supplements that benefit your skin as well as your overall health.
Whether you believe it or not, that’s up to you. Every single body varies in what is going to help or hurt them, so consult with your doctor before starting any new supplements.
Activated Charcoal. Ah, yes. Who doesn’t like to pop a nice black pill or drink black water?! Well, the answer may be not but this may change your mind. Being very porous, this supplement is able to trap toxins in the gut and prevents your body from absorbing them. Trapping these impurities stops them from showing up in your skin through acne and inflammation. If that doesn’t sell you, it can prevent hangovers, you can use it topically to draw out already existing impurities, and you can even mix it with toothpaste to whiten your teeth!
Biotin. Other than you may think (or hear), there is no scientific evidence to back up biotin being good for your hair. There have been positive effects seen when it comes to strengthening nails, but as stated in an Into the Gloss article, “It’s found in foods like egg yolks, salmon, and leafy greens, and it’s also produced in our bodies from intestinal bacteria. Our bodies don’t actually require much biotin to get by, but since it plays a role in cell growth, it’s billed as a way to lengthen hair and strengthen nails.”
Collagen. Improved skin elasticity and moisture? Yes!! Collagen is basically the glue that holds your body together like your ligaments, joints, and bones. As stated to Women’s Health Magazine, UK., Kathryn Danzey, Founder of Rejuvenated to states, “Your skin is made up of 75% collagen, but after the age of 25, collagen synthesis reduces at a rate of 1.5% a year and after the age of 45, your collagen levels may have fallen by as much as 30%.” Ingesting collagen is tasteless magic that reduces wrinkles and may even help your skin’s hydration levels.
Evening Primrose. While this is not for pregnant woman, it is commonly used to calm the skin through treating acne and rosacea. As stated by Healthline, “According to a 2005 study, oral supplementation of EPO helps smooth skin and improve its elasticity, moisture, firmness, and fatigue resistance.” It can also relieve PMS symptoms, breast pain, and heat flashes. On top of that, it can even improve heart health, reduce high blood pressure, and ease nerve and joint pain.
Astaxanthin. This antioxidant is very powerful and is great for skin conditions due to its anti-inflammatory effects. It can be used orally as well as topically for sun protection, and is great for elasticity, help reduce signs of aging, and retain moisture in the skin. There was even a study that showed it helped to treat cancer!
Ceramides. While typically used in topicals, ceramides are used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and dry skin. They also, “play an essential role in structuring and maintaining the water permeability barrier function of the skin,” US National Library of Medicine. This makes it easier for other products to absorb into the skin barrier and do their job even better. Don’t you want to benefit from what you paid for?
Chlorella. This is single-celled, green freshwater algae. You may be thinking: why would I put this in my body? Well, this alga is sometimes referred to as a “super food” since it is very nutritious and a great source of protein, fiber, iron and vitamin C, as well as other vitamins. It can also be used as a detox to rid your body of heavy metals or other harmful compounds from the body. Sound better now?
Phyto Resveratrol. Now this one, this one gives you an excuse to drink more wine. It can also be found in grape skins and juice (it’s found more abundantly in red wine than it is in white). It helps to fix aging skin by improving elasticity, firmness, as well as radiance. It can also lower cholesterol.
Fish Oil. Great for your heart and health, but can even reduce acne and ward off wrinkles. Fish oil contains fatty acids that supply hydration to your skin and can help with inflammation. On top of that, it also gives your hair strength and shine!
Manuka Honey. Sweet goodness. As a natural antibiotic, it’s great for you inside and out: your gut, stomach and even acne. Also, this honey is obtained from the legendary antibacterial and antifungal…. Tea tree! AKA why everyone raves about this type of honey’s skin healing factors. “Manuka honey is considered an “active” honey. All honey has hydrogen peroxide in it, which is created by enzymes that bees manufacture along with the sugars to turn into honey; all honey also contains methylglyoxyl, a bactericidal compound, but in very low concentrations. The magic of manuka honey is that the bees pass on the additional antifungal and antibiotic properties of the tea tree into their already nice ‘n’ antibacterial honey, creating more active hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxyl.“ xojane taught us simply. So… you get the hint. Everyone including you, yes you, should have this in their arsenal.
Back to that Into the Gloss article, “Dr. Sonia Patel, the chief pharmacist at Capsule–a pharmacy app based in NYC, recommends staying away from anything that contains hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, magnesium stearate, and titanium dioxide. She says they’re often used as “fillers” to make the product easier to swallow, taste better, or look better, but can get in the way of your body’s ability to absorb the vitamins. Medea also suggests avoiding anything that contains maltodextrin or ascorbic acid for the same reasons.”
Again, talk to your doctor, do your research, but I hoped this got your mind turning on this dreary Monday 🙂