You may feel like you are using all the right skin care products, doing botox & having the best skin rejuvenation treatments done, but your skin is still feeling a bit ‘blah’. When you want to look your best, what you take internally can be as important as what you apply topically. This is where beauty supplements come in.
The skincare industry treats our skin from the outside in, which gives us amazing results, but what we do or don’t put into our bodies plays a huge part in how our skin looks. So why not also treat your skin from the inside out?!
Sometimes even a seemingly healthy diet will be lacking the specific nutrients needed for beautiful, youthful skin. All the smoothies and avocado toast in the world might not give you exactly what your skin needs. The skin is the largest organ in the body and it’s usually the last part of the body that gets nutrients! How unfair is that? The body will prioritize the use of nutrients for more important organs.
As we get older our skin loses its elasticity and production of collagen decreases. Sadly, that’s just the way it is. There are a number of treatments available to help with this, however preventing your body from loss of collagen is the most important first step.
Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin. Collagen products are taking the world by storm and can include bovine or marine elements. However, you don’t necessarily need to ingest collagen for your body to produce collagen. Recent advances in research show that specific supplements can help build and safeguard collagen and Improve elasticity. The process also requires vitamin C and zinc.
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C aka ascorbic acid, play a major role in collagen synthesis and is vital for skin health.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is vital for many functions in the body, especially in the immune system and the brain. As it turns out, zinc is also needed for collagen to work properly. It’s job is to activate certain other proteins that are vital for collagen synthesis.
Vitamin A encourages healthy skin cell production and contributes to the maintenance of healthy skin.
Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of bones and muscle function.Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Omegas such as EPA which is an important omega 3 fatty acid, along with GLA which is an important omega 6 fatty acid acts like an internal moisturizer for the skin. Omegas also nourish dry skin and give the skin a luminous glow.
As you can see there are some main nutrients to consider when choosing a skin care supplement. As with anything you ingest, you should always read the ingredients list carefully, particularly if you’re taking medication prescribed by a doctor. If that’s the case, you should check with your GP before you take anything new, to ask about any possible conflicts.