Can You Drink Your Way To Better Skin?
Tue, 16 August 2016 3:53PM
Do you think vitamin tablets when you think “beauty supplements”? There was a time when those hair/skin/nails vitamins were the only type of supplement on the market aimed at improving your outer beauty from the inside. And look, there’s nothing wrong with those tablets (as long as you take them correctly!). But beauty supplements have come a long way in recent years, and the new go-to? Drinkable skincare.
Yep, there are products on the market to boost your skin from the inside out via some easy to take liquid, and from my personal experience, they’re pretty damn good. I recently spent 2 weeks drinking Fountain’s ‘The Hyaluronic Molecule’, a clear, ginger-flavoured liquid that you take once a day, which contains a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid – the wonder ingredient in skincare these days for plumping up dehydrated skin.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you I had a complete overhaul of my skin. I don’t really think any product is going to give you a miracle, to be honest. But – my skin is prone to patchy dryness, and I have definitely noticed less of this happening.
Do drinkable supplements work?
“First and foremost, getting your nutrients through a healthy balanced diet is the best way to support your health,” says Accredited Nutritionist Stephanie Malouf. “Sometimes however we can become so deficient in certain nutrients that we require them in such high doses that can be too difficult to obtain through food. In these instances, drinkable supplements can be a great way to replenish and rebalance the body however their benefits are dependent on the quality of that supplement, what is been made from (natural or synthetic) and its form, affecting how well the body is able to break it down, absorb and activate it.” So basically – yes, they can work. But getting a balanced diet happening is the most important thing.
Why Hyaluronic Acid?
“Hyaluronic acid is an essential component of the skin, which plays a key role in moisture retention and keeping the skin hydrated and plump,” explains Stephanie. Factors such as aging, nutrient deficiencies, and environments toxins can cause the hyaluronic acid to deplete which causes moisture loss and accelerates the aging process.” This is where drinkable hyaluronic acid supplements can come in handy. “Studies have shown that supplementing with hyaluronic acid can be effective in increasing the moisture content of the skin and improve smoothness and wrinkles.” says Stephanie.
What other supplements are good for skin?
“Some of the most common nutrient deficiencies that can drive problem skin include zinc, vitamin D, vitamin A and selenium. Other nutrients and natural supplements that are great for beautiful glowing skin skin are vitamin C, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids and silica,” explains Stephanie.
The Beauty Chef is another company offering drinkable supplements. I’ve had their Collagen Inner Beauty Boost recommended to me multiple times by gals in the know. It’s based on probiotic fermented fruits, which help balance the digestive system and also boost your hair, skin and nails. Again, there are some glowing reviews about this product.
“Having an overgrowth of harmful bacteria and not enough of the beneficial bacteria can release toxins, trigger an immune response and cause inflammation. This inflammation can manifest in some people as skin issues such as as acne or immune related conditions like eczema or psoriasis,” explains Stephanie. “Drinking probiotics such as kombucha, kefir or adding a good quality probiotic powder to your smoothies is a great way to restore and maintain a healthy balance and diversity of gut bacteria.”
However again, it’s also important to be getting your probiotic intake from food. “Some of my favourites include jerusalem artichokes, leeks, garlic, asparagus, unripened bananas and wholegrain sprouted breads,” says Stephanie.
Where else can I get drinkable skin help from?
“Bone broth is one of my favourite ingredients which isn’t just fantastic for healthy skin, nails and hair but offers whole host of health benefits,” says Stephanie. “Bone broth is rich in gelatin, which is a jelly like substance derived from broken down collagen in bones. Collagen is the glue that holds our body together, giving skin elasticity and our hair and nails strength and thickness.”
You can drink bone broth daily alone (it’s kinda like a soup flavour), or use it in your cooking. “Making your own can be very time consuming, but now there are some fantastic bone broths on the market that do all the hard work for you. I personally consume the Good Bones Organic Bone Broth daily.”
The verdict? Nothing replaces a balanced diet, so check that first before trying to fix skin, hair or nail issues with supplements. But there are potential benefits to be had by choosing the right type of supplement for your skin issues, and yes – you can in a way drink yourself toward better skin.
Posted by: Melissa Mason