Edible beauty: the new frontier
The pills, powders and potions to try for serious beauty benefits
When our skin is looking a little dull and lacklustre, we usually turn to skin care products to solve the problem. The same goes for treating pimples and acne and a loss of firmness. And who hasn’t turned to hair treatments when trying to improve hair growth?
While the beauty industry certainly provides some excellent topical skin and hair products that can solve all kinds of beauty dilemmas, we’re seeing a steady increase in supplements and ingestibles that can help a variety of beauty woes. Our outer appearance relies on what’s happening inside, after all.
"Oral beauty powders and liquids are growing in popularity as the holistic approach to treating the skin from the inside out continues to grow. The skin is a direct reflection of our inner health and wellbeing and is the first place to show signs of nutritional deficiencies," says Fiona Tuck, skin expert and nutritional medicine practitioner.
The problem: Acne
Problematic skin can often stem from what’s happening in your gut or even from blockages when it comes to your blood flow, so it could help to look into products that can help manage and clear acne by sorting out what’s going on inside.
Zilch Acne Formula is based on Chinese herbal medicine, which believes that an imbalance of heat in the body can cause skin breakouts, and that circulation has a big part to play in that. According to Dr Vivian Tam, “When there is blood stagnation (blockages) in the body, swelling and inflammation and build-up of toxicity can occur. To better understand this concept, imagine a blockage in a car engine – eventually this blockage will cause the car to overheat, and ‘blow up’, similar to the body accumulating inflammation and toxicity, causing breakouts.” So the herbs within the Zilch tablets work to ease inflammation, which could then reduce the soreness, redness and uncomfortable swelling of larger cysts, while helping to invigorate and promote blood circulation. They also contain herbs that help with detoxing the body and balancing the heat pattern that acne sufferers can have.
The problem: Congestion
Apple cider vinegar is one of those pantry ingredients that has grown in popularity when it comes to health and beauty (you can see some of the benefits of apple cider vinegar here). While most of the skin benefits from apple cider vinegar come from using it topically, ingesting it can also work to help with congestion and blemishes.
Regular ingestion of apple cider vinegar can help improve gut health and digestion, which in turn can have a positive effect on your skin, leaving it smoother and more glowing. While you can sip your way through a bottle of apple cider vinegar to reap its internal benefits, it’s not the most palatable liquid. Tonik Apple Cider Vinegar tablets are a good alternative. The small capsules are (quite literally) easy to swallow and contain only apple cider vinegar inside.
The problem: Premature grey hairs
If premature greys run in your family, chances are pretty high that you’re looking for something – anything – to avoid the inevitable.
Not to get too deep into the science behind how and why hair goes grey, but it essentially has to do with your melanin production, so if you can help keep that going, you can expect to put off grey hairs for longer. And while there is no hard-and-fast solution, you can look to supplements to help in the melanin department. Apotercari Colour Lover harnesses the power of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and well as Chinese herbs to assist with and support the production of melanin and hair pigmentation, as well as slowing down premature greying of the hair. It also contains powerful antioxidant ingredients that can help protect your hair from potential damage that could speed up the appearance of those greys.
The problem: A lacklustre complexion
There are so many things that can help improve a dull and lacklustre complexion – increasing vitamin C in your skin care products, ensuring you exfoliate regularly and your skin is properly hydrated are all a good start. But have you ever considered trying to get the glow from within?
The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder is a bio-fermented probiotic that works to help improve skin health and resilience by improving digestion and overall gut health for skin that radiates. It also harnesses the power of vitamin C to help improve collagen formation, support normal immune function and protect cells from oxidative stress (in summary: helps skin look younger for longer). Simply sprinkle over your breakfast or add to your daily smoothie - it’s as easy as that.
The problem: Dehydrated skin
Winter is a menace when it comes to skin hydration and health, so chances are pretty high that you’ve had to tweak your skin care routine to include some extra-nourishing products to counteract the cold.
While you may have heard about the advantages of adding an oil to your skin care routine to up hydration, have you ever considered drinking one? Your standard facial oils have definitely not been formulated for ingesting, but Bestow Beauty Oil has been created to be an ‘edible moisturiser’, which works from the inside to help improve the barrier function of your skin, leaving it smoother and more supple. The best part? You don’t have to worry about drinking the oil straight. It actually absorbs better in the body when mixed in with a smoothie or salad dressing, or when drizzled over your food.
The problem: The first signs of ageing
If you’ve noticed some telltale lines around your eyes or mouth and feel like it’s far too early for them to be making an appearance, you may need to add some serious anti-ageing ingredients into your routine to keep your skin healthier and looking more youthful.
Co-Enzyme Q10 has recently become a buzzword in the world of anti-ageing. Produced naturally in our bodies, it works to keep cells healthy and energised, which means skin looks healthier and younger. But as we age, it depletes, and while there are plenty of skin care products that boast the anti-ageing ingredient, you can also find it in Miss Vitality Co-Enzyme Q10.
The antioxidant pills (which only need to be taken once a day) have been formulated to assist in the improvement of cell functionality, which basically means that your skin should be better prepared to fight the damaging effects of the environment, which is what can contribute to ageing and dull skin.
The problem: Dull hair
Hair lost its shine? Are serums, oils and treatments helping but not quite getting you there? Then it might be worth upping your hair health from the inside.
Ingredients like silica and bioton have been known to help improve hair health and growth (and, interestingly, are good for improving nail health, too), so looking for them in supplements is a good start. You can also look to add Fountain The Hair Molecule, a concentrated liquid supplement, into a juice or smoothie. The hair-loving formulation combines the power of silica and bioton with hyaluronic acid to promote stronger and healthier hair. And stronger, healthier hair is hair that looks glossy enough to be in a hair commercial.
The problem: Lack of skin plumpness
There’s no greater feeling than having skin that has that ‘bounce’; that firmness that make us feel like we’ve reached our skin goals. So how do we reclaim that youthful plumpness when it seems to have faded? As with most skin issues, there are a plethora of products and ingredients that will work to improve skin elasticity and firmness, but if you’re looking for a solution that’s a little different (and definitely tastier), natural marine collagen powder could be just what you need.
Added to your morning breakfast or mixed into a glass of water (or even in your tea or coffee), Vida Glow Natural Marine Collagen works to “increase the collagen levels in the body, as well as [stimulate] the body’s natural production of collagen,” says founder Anna Lahey. In short? An increase in collagen and collagen production can help leave skin more hydrated, which then helps smooth lines and wrinkles, and increase firmness and elasticity for a plumper appearance.
REMEMBER: Supplements aren’t cure-alls – the above have been formulated to assist processes like cell functionality and turnover, but never rely on them for guaranteed changes, and always use only as directed.
Looking to add more supplements to your routine? Here are the supplements every woman over 40 should look into.
Do you take any beauty supplements? Which are your favourites? Please share with us in the comments below!
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Carli is BEAUTYcrew’s Editor and has been since the site launched in 2016. She is currently on a quest to find the perfect medium-coverage foundation for combination skin, is trying to narrow down her mascara collection to just three, and is embracing the power of AHAs. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.