Ingestible Skincare: The Next Big Thing In Beauty
August 10, 2017
Ingestible skincare, just another marketing gimmick or the next revolution in beauty?
Promising to promote beautiful, healthy skin from the outside in, ingestible skincare comes in the form of liquids, powders, pills and potions, that are to be consumed orally to promote the ultimate complexion. It sounds like an amazing concept, and something we want to jump on board with, right? Well, it pays to do your research prior to putting unknown substances in your body. Most of these beauty supplements claim to promote clear, youthful skin, strong nails and shiny hair, but what do they actually contain that backs these claims up?
Products that contain Biotin, which is a complex B vitamin also referred to as Vitamin H, have been shown to promote the growth of hair and nails. Other ingredients to look out for within ingestible products include hyaluronic acid and collagen, both of which are known to promote growth and repair within the skin cells.
Other ingestible skincare products contain ingredients such as probiotics and prebiotics which help to balance your gut flora. We are firm believers in taking a holistic approach to your lifestyle and health, and it has been said our health starts from our gut. There are studies that show that your gut health is linked to your digestion, skin, mood, and weight.
One issue we face with the supplement industry is that it is not as widely regulated as other industries such as food and drugs, so it is important to know where your products are coming from and if the brand is a reliable and healthy source.
It is important to ensure the ingestible skincare you choose, comes from natural sources of vitamins and minerals. Consuming supplements that contain synthetic vitamins, is not only unlikely to work, it can also be detrimental to your health. Natural products should state their bio availability with research to back up these claims.
If you are unsure, it is always best to do your own research, you can check out the link below, which is a highly respected, biomedical research database that industry professionals such as naturopaths, doctors and scientists refer to for information on these kinds of products called PubMed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/. It is important to ensure real studies, of a large scale have been implemented on products or their main active ingredients prior to putting them into your body.
As always, it is recommended to maintain a balanced diet, regular exercise, and drink lots of filtered water to go with your skincare routine. No beauty supplement is going to work miracles, if you don’t put in the work at your end. Supplementation, when taken under professional advice, can be an amazing addition to your routine to benefit your health and beauty.
Our verdict: We strongly believe in looking after your skin from the outside in and ingestible skincare can be a fabulous addition to this, although when choosing beauty products, be sure to select products that come from natural sources, and are free from toxins where possible, this includes ingestible products and supplements. We sure aren’t ruling out taking ingestible skincare, but we will be very picky about our sources.
Below is a list of brands that we like that offer natural supplements for your health and beauty needs:
The Beauty Chef
Welleco The Super Elixir
Remember to consult with your health care professional prior to changing your diet or supplement routine. Any changes you make can affect your health and there is always the possibility of interactions with any other medication you may be taking. Everybody is different and can react to supplements and medicine in different ways.
Chantelle Bugeja for Body Blendz