The supplement industry deals in billions and is humongous. For every problem out there, there is a supplement that helps control or prevent your healthy skin. Some of them are backed by science and some are just bogus.
With the surge in skincare as self-care, many have been looking for supplements that can give a person glowing, healthy skin.
Before diving into the nutrients that might give that flawless skin, discussing the truth behind supplements is essential.
People have to realize that supplements are not a shortcut to better health and prevention of diseases. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugar you eat will have stronger benefits.
Also, just because a supplement is promoted as ‘natural’ does not mean it is safe. It is important to know how they are made, their chemical makeup and how it works in the body.
Chances are if you are on certain medication, it has been seen that supplements may interact with them.
Skin care supplements aren’t some special nutrients; they are just rebranded multivitamins.
Studies have shown taking high doses of antioxidants can lead to increased risk of cancer and fat soluble vitamins can cause liver damage because, by taking too much of these vitamins like A, D, E, & K, they accumulate in the system and lead to serious issues.
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The fact is if you are eating a relatively healthy, balanced diet skin care supplements will likely do nothing for your skin. And if you eat trash all day, taking supplements will not replace a healthy diet. If you want your skin to look healthier then you need to eat healthier first.
All of this does not mean they are not beneficial, especially for those whose diet is selective like vegans and vegetarians.
Dermatologists do not see supplements as necessary, they can be helpful – as long as they are what you need. Talk to your doctor and check for deficiencies in your blood.
Make a note that ingesting supplements is very different from topical application via skin care products.
Now that you are forewarned, there are supplements that might help your skin:
Vitamins & Nutrients for Healthy Skin:
#1 – Carotenoids:
Carotenoids are lipophilic molecules that are derived from Vitamin A. Ingestion can play a role in photo protection from UV radiation, hence in turn premature aging. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid and has tremendous antioxidant properties.
#2 – Zinc:
Zinc is an essential mineral, meaning our bodies cannot make zinc, it is obtained from food. Zinc is required for cell division, cell growth, immunity, hormone health, wound healing and collagen formation. Also decrease the severity of acne and early lines of maturing skin.
#3 – Fish Oil or Fatty Acids:
Fish Oil or fatty acids can improve skin barrier function, inhibit UV induced inflammation and hyperpigmentation.
#4 – Coenzyme Q10:
Coenzyme Q10 activates defence mechanisms, protects body cells from oxidation, and stimulates metabolism and regeneration. It accelerates cell renewal and delays the aging process.
#5 – Collagen Peptides:
Collagen peptides hold promise as a natural supplement for the reduction of visible signs of aging. They improve skin barrier function and hyaluronic acid production.
#6 -Vitamin C & E:
Vitamin C is a free radical scavenger & a necessary cofactor in synthesis of collagen. It enhances the effect of sunscreen applied, protecting from UV rays. Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It helps in healing damaged skin. Combining Vitamin C & E have increased photo protective effects.
#7 – Vitamin D:
Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory effects and plays a large role in skin homeostasis.
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