There is no doubt that we all want healthy looking skin. There is also certainly no doubt that a healthy diet is key to achieving this. However, did you also know that by adding nutraceuticals (ingestible or topical vitamins, minerals and other nutrients) to your regimen can also be a huge contributing factor to achieving vibrant, glowing skin?
Unfortunately with such an array of products on the market where do you start?
Here are a few we feel you should be taking note of:-
Biotin – Taking 3 grams of Biotin per day will help your nails and hair grow stronger.
Ceramides – These lipids can help moisturize and hydrate the skin.
Coenzyme Q10 – This is a powerful antioxidant which promotes anti-aging and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. A small study completed in 2016 published in the journal BioFactors showed that a regular intake of CoQ10 reduced wrinkles and improved skin smoothness.
Collagen Peptides – Taking a daily supplement containing bioactive collagen peptides can improve skin collagen and elastin in the skin.
Evening Primrose Oil – This is a potent anti-inflammatory that can calm down inflamed skin, however, be aware that some people do suffer an allergic reaction.
Flavonoids – These can be found in green tea, soy and grapeseed extract (resveratrol) and are wonderful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Hyaluronic Acid – This can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, therefore applying it topically can assist in keeping skin hydrated and plump.
Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids – The majority of us get enough Omega 6 in their diets but we can often lack Omega-3s. They are an anti-inflammatory and are good for psoriasis, eczema and dry skin. Omega-3s can be found in cold water fish, flaxseed and flaxseed oils.
Vitamin A (Retinol) – Great for making the skin look younger and plumper whilst also assisting with reducing fine lines, wrinkling and sun spots.
Vitamin C – Who would have thought vitamin C would help build collagen and brighten skin? Look for products with a low PH sold in dark colored bottles as light can cause the product to oxidize and lose potency.
Vitamin E – A combination of vitamin C and E can protect against sun damage.
Zinc – A potent anti-inflammatory, zinc can be helpful for acne sufferers.
As with taking any supplement it is always advisable to consult with your doctor to clarify what might be best for you and to eliminate any products that might be counterproductive for your circumstances.