My Favorite Supplements for Skin Health
Although there may not be a direct correlation between skin conditions and internal body conditions, maximizing your body’s nutritional health can improve the elasticity and radiance of your skin. Glowing healthy skin tends to catch our eye.
In contrast, weathered skin makes us appear as if we are rusting from the inside. Oxidative stress can be a strong contributor to the aging process. On a cellular level, oxidative stress leads to damage within the mitochondria (the energy producer) of the cell which produces increased amounts of reactive oxygen. Without another electron to bind to, these free radicals wreak havoc within our internal organs.
Surprisingly, there are things you can do from the inside that can help you look better on the outside. Here are few of the best ingredients to supplement beauty:
Antioxidants. Vitamin C is necessary for the formation and maintenance of collagen. Vitamin A is necessary for the repair and maintenance of skin tissue. It can make a dramatic difference when used topically in the form of Retinaldehyde or Retinol, but foods high in beta carotene are beneficial to the skin. Vitamin E protects the body tissue from free radicals.
Antioxidants should be taken in a preventative manner as they are not effective once the damage is done. Additionally, when antioxidants are combined, there can be a synergistic effect. These powerful antioxidants can be obtained from natural sources such as fruits and vegetables but these days it is difficult to get the amount of antioxidants we need.
Vitamin B7/Biotin can beneficial for hair, skin, and nails. It must be ingested to be fully beneficial. The data on this is weak but it has not been found to be harmful to humans in large doses.
Minerals such as Selenium, Copper and Zinc can also be effective. Selenium can help protect the skin from sun damage. Copper, especially combined with Vitamin C and Zinc can help develop elastin fibers that support skin structure. Zinc and sulfur can be helpful in acne patients.
The decision to supplement is a personal one. Some believe that we can obtain all of our vitamins and minerals from our diet. However, with the use of pesticides and poor farming practices, the nutritional quality of our food has decreased. So much so that we would have to consume a ridiculous amount of food to obtain the same nutrients in comparison to years past. I personally believe supplementation is vital to those of us who wish to thrive.
If you do opt to supplement, choose a company that personally sources their raw materials. Supplements manufactured in an FDA facility have stricter standards. Look for seals from Leaping Bunny, Good Manufacturing Practices, Natural Products Association and many others. I prefer supplements that are Non-GMO, gluten-free, and do not contain soy, binders, fillers, chemical slurries or artificial sweeteners.
My favorite products
If you’re looking for a couple of new products to try, here are two of my favorites: