Today it seems there are as many skin care supplements on the market as topical products. But, what do skin supplements do differently than topicals? Are they just a marketing fad? Or do we really need skin supplements to get that healthy glow?
For answers, we went to the experts.
Jacqueline Jacques, ND and SVP Medical Affairs of Thorne Research explains that topicals can only do so much because “new skin forms well beneath the surface. If you want to form healthy new skin cells, you need the right nutrition provided from within.”
She adds that if your topical routine isn’t working for you anymore, your skin is aging faster than you want it to, your hormones have changed or your skin reflects a deeper health issue – it’s time to consider skin care supplements.
We are what we eat and our skin is no exception. Here are four steps to get that radiant glow from healthy new cells.
1. Detox and flush your body with skin care nutrients
Radiant skin begins within. So cutting down on dehydrating and irritating foods like coffee, sugar, and salt is paramount to getting that glow. Next, add into your diet more fresh, delicious, and hydrating green salads, juices, and smoothies. The cleaner and greener your diet, the more nourished and healthier your new skin cells will be as they turn over every month.
Scroll through the below gallery for suggestions on how to flush and detox your body of toxins and fight damaging free-radicals with antioxidants. You know those awesome chemicals that fight oxidation in your body, the process that damages your cells and promote aging. Yikes!
2. Rebuild a healthy gut
The New York Times says “A wave of designer probiotic pills and powders — stylishly packaged, with names like Glow and Inner Beauty — is based on the idea that perfect skin may be linked to your tummy.”
Experts agree. Dr. Nigma Talib, a world-leading Naturopathic doctor titled her book “Younger Skin Starts in the Gut”. Jacques from Thorne Research adds that many health challenges can be symptomatic in our skin. Allergies, inflammation, some digestive issues, and blood sugar imbalances can all have an impact on skin health.
Celebrity nutritionist, Kimberly Synder affirms, “Probiotics are a game-changer for creating gorgeous skin because when we foster a healthy microflora, our digestion improves, including our elimination of potentially aging, skin-dulling toxins, and we can improve the absorption of beauty nutrients.”
Flip through the gallery below to uncover gut healing prebiotic and probiotic recommendations.
3. Supplement with healthy skin-boosting nutrients
No one has the perfect diet. Try as we might we’re usually missing healthy skin building blocks.
Jacques explains that "the older we get, the more important it is to have the optimal levels of nutrients to maintain healthy skin. The body gives priority to nourishing vital organs like your heart and brain…so your skin is last in line. If you notice the early signs of aging in your skin, it’s a great time to think about how to up the nutrients that are vital to keeping it healthy"
She continues, “Nutrient deficiencies including low levels of iron, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, and B vitamins like folate, B6 or B12 can all have a direct impact on skin health that can’t be fixed with topical solutions.” She continues, “If your skin isn’t well nourished or lacks some of the ingredients it needs like essential fats or vitamin C to maintain moisture and firmness.
Remember, supplements are meant as a booster to what we don’t get from our diets – like minerals and vitamins because we don’t source water from a spring or a well. It's important to get as many nutrients as we can from organic clean foods.
Cruise the gallery below for suggestions on essential nutrients for peak skin health like vitamin A, C, and B vitamins, and essential fats that you just can’t get through topical solutions.
4. Treat specific issues
What skin issue are you dealing with? Is it acne, dryness, fine lines, or dull skin? After you detox, restore your healthy gut flora, and supplement your diet with healthy skin-boosting vitamins - choose a skin care supplement that targets your specific issue for a healthy glowing complexion.
See the below gallery for suggestions on how to reverse sun damage, heal acne from the inside out, fuel antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage, promote skin suppleness with the help of hyaluronic acid and balance hormones to prevent those monthly break outs.
As always when making lifestyle and or diet changes, consult your personal medical doctor.
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