If the aftermath of summer is taking a toll on your complexion, know that you’re not alone. Alcohol, sugar and sunlight all wreak havoc on our skin, which is why many of us turn to skin supplements for a helping hand when the cooler weather and back-to-work vibes come creeping in around September.
So what can they do for you? The best supplements for skin claim to work from the inside out to keep your complexion in decent shape year-round. It seems to make sense. You probably have the outside sorted – you double cleanse, tone and moisturise every morning and night and know how to use retinol properly – but between dryness and breakouts, might feel like your face still needs a boost. Enter: products that you ingest, rather than apply.
Do skin supplements actually work?
The answer to this depends on who you ask. Anecdote-wise, celebs such as Jennifer Aniston have extolled the benefits of taking collagen supplements. In terms of data, a very small recent study indicated that individuals taking a daily supplement containing collagen peptides showed a significant reduction in eye wrinkle depth – not to mention skin’s collagen and elastin levels – after eight weeks of taking the supplements. This was, it should be noted, funded by the makers of said daily supplement.
'There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that supplementation can help to nourish and support your skin from the inside out, and this is something I see regularly in my clinic,' says Alice Mackintosh, registered nutritional therapist and co-founder of Equi.
'The skin itself needs an array of nutrients such as protein, fats, vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy, and on top of this it is heavily influenced by immunity, hormones and gut health,' she continues. Keeping all of this in tip-top shape is a great way to give your skin 'that X-factor glow'.
However, it's important to note that nothing can supersede a healthy lifestyle. And, reality is, your first port of call for skin-nourishing vitamins and minerals should be your diet, while lifestyle factors like deep, quality sleep and exercise can also aid your skin's health.
That's not to say that there is no space for supplements, though. 'Though nothing can replace a nutritious diet or good quality sleep, many people find it tricky to eat well all the time with stress, work, alcohol and pollution all increasing our body’s demands for key nutrients – supplementation can be really helpful here,' notes Mackintosh.
What are some of the best ingredients to supplement?
If you do choose to take a skin supplement, it's important to read the label properly and to see what ingredients they contain, to ensure you're getting bang for your buck. Mackintosh recommends Vitamin C, zinc, sulphur, silica and omega 3, which not only help the skin produce its own collagen naturally, but also encourage cell turnover helping to brighten the complexion, along with Vitamin D for the winter months.
'Some other skin loving ingredients I recommend to my clients include astaxanthin which is an antioxidant found in seafood; this has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and being fat soluble means it can penetrate deep within the skins layers to help fight signs of ageing,' she adds.
What are the best skin supplements for 2022?
While these clever capsules can support and boost the effects of a well-rounded skincare regime, it’s an understatement to say that singling out the best supplements for skin can be a minefield – anyone whose Instagram feed has been spammed with pictures of reality stars eating teddy bear-shaped pills will know what we’re talking about.
So, join WH as we take a deep dive into the ingredients lists of some super supps to SWOT up on which ones could be worth adding into your diet.
Best supplements for skin: 8 glow-givers
1. The best supplement for skin that's partied-out
All that Cab Sav starting to show on your skin? Harnessing the power of omega 3, omega 6 and vitamin A, this skin supplement by Advanced Nutrition Programme works overtime to bring festive skin back to life, boosting skin resilience for a stronger, healthier looking complexion. Aside from maintaining skin health, it also works wonders for the whole body, with benefits for blood pressure, immune system and brain function.
2. The best supplement for skin that's inflamed
The bamboo extract in these British-made capsules is a rich source of silica, a natural anti-inflammatory that may help with skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. It also boosts the skin’s natural ability to retain water, so will help you regain a plump, bouncy complexion.
3. The best supplement for skin that's tired
A great all-round option, Votary’s daily supplement is loaded with vitamins and seed extracts to get knackered skin glowing again. It combines a powerhouse of glow-getting ingredients, from anti-inflammatory niacinamide to brightening Vitamin C. Plus, it’s also vegan, cruelty-free and made without any preservative ingredients.
4. The best supplement for skin that's dehydrated
With the ability to hold over 1000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid plays a vital role in maintaining joint health and keeping your skin hydrated and supple. The bad news is, your natural levels decrease once you hit your mid-twenties. The good news? These vegan-friendly supplements are a great way to keep them topped up.
5. Best supplement for skin that's acne-prone
These super chic supplements boast anti-inflammatory zinc and spirulina, sebum-regulating magnesium and anti-bacterial turmeric.
6. Best supplement for skin that's dull
Come for the Insta-perfect packaging, stay for the genuinely impressive blend of superberry extracts that works to illuminate your skin from the inside out. Add a scoop to your oat milk latte or sprinkle it into your overnight oats.
7. Best skin supplement for skin that's stressed
We know that the effects of stress on our skin can be detrimental, to say the least. When we get stressed, our bodies release cortisol and adrenaline which, in turn, then increases oil production in the skin glands leading to acne, breakouts and sensitivity. Try this holistic supp by Lyma that's been formulated by leading scientists to help feed skin and protect against environmental and emotional stress.
8. Best supplement for menopausal skin
As you'd expect, a drop in hormones during the menopause has a knock-on effect on the skin. That’s why UK supplement brand Equi has formulated its new Menopause Formula with ingredients like zinc, vitamin C, goji and anti-oxidant rich rosemary extracts to support these specific hormone fluctuations. The formula comes with multivarious benefits including glowing skin, enhanced mood and improved focus.
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