Whilst there are no pills that can compensate for a poor diet or a chronic lack of sleep, a high-quality supplement when used in conjunction with a good diet and lifestyle can certainly help you fight the aging process and boost your overall beauty.

If you want smoother skin, thicker hair, and stronger nails, you can give an almighty boost to your already balanced diet with these 9 beauty-enhancing supplements.

No. 1 – Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids are fatty acids that the body cannot manufacture itself, and so therefore need to be obtained from the diet. These essential fatty acids are known as Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Essential fatty acids regulate inflammation, hold moisture, distribute melanin and prevent free radical and oxidative damage that causes skin aging.
Studies also show that supplementing with EPA and DHA could inhibit the UV-related damage that causes premature aging and wrinkles.

Essential fatty acids may help prevent eczema, inflammatory skin conditions, slow skin healing, splitting nails, dull and thinning hair, and dry, scaly skin.

For clearer, softer, smoother skin as well as stronger hair and nails, try adding one of the following omega supplements to your diet:

Flaxseed Oil – an exceptional oil containing both essential fatty acids in appreciable amounts. Flaxseed, also known as Linseed, is one of nature’s richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Fish Oil – fish oil supplements from cold salt-water fatty fish such as herring, haddock, cod, mackerel and salmon provides exceptionally high levels of the omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA.

Algae Oil– another great option and suitable for veggies. Made from microalgae, it offers a plant-based source of beneficial marine omega-3s EPA and DHA without the use of fish. While most algae oils are short on EPA, Algae Omega’s unique combination of EPA and DHA is a pure, safe, and effective source of both of these essential fatty acids.

No. 2 – Probiotics

Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that live in our gut and are necessary for digestive health.
When digestion is at its peak, complete assimilation of nutrients is achieved creating a healthy body, glowing skin, and strong hair and nails.

If you’ve been stressed lately, come off antibiotics (or been on them in the last 2 years), have digestive troubles or bloating, try adding in a probiotic.
Probiotics support the digestive system and help balance out gut bacteria levels in your gut. A happy gut is the key to an overall happy body.
Research even suggests that taking probiotics can also help heal skin problems including eczema, acne and rosacea.

We stock a wide range of probiotics in store and online, including Optibac, BiocareSuper 8 and more.

No. 3 B Vitamins

For optimal skin health with a glowy, dewy, and unblemished complexion, plus luscious hair and strong healthy nails, B vitamins are crucial.
B vitamins play a vital role in skin and hair appearance by providing the energy your skin cells need to regenerate and renew.

Deficiencies n B vitamins can cause dermatitis, dryness or excessive oiliness of both skin and hair, cracking and wrinkling lips, eczema, dandruff, premature wrinkles, and peeling, splitting nails.

If you have hormonal imbalances which are causing outbreaks on your skin, look for a B complex with a good level of B6 like Solgar B-complex 100.
B6 helps prevent skin inflammation and overproduction of sebum (the oil your skin produces) and the high level of B6 will help target hormonal or premenstrual acne.

No. 4 – Vitamin C

One of the most important vitamins for enhancing the overall appearance of skin and hair is Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for skin, nails and hair and is known as one of the best defenders against free-radical damage. It helps to support the manufacture and maintenance of collagen (the substance that provides skin with its youthful resilience), promoting skin elasticity and skin repair, plus it helps reduce ongoing collagen damage that leads to wrinkles.

Vitamin C is such a potent antioxidant that it can even slow down the oxidative damage that occurs as a result of ultraviolet (UV) and other environmental exposure.
For radiant skin and optimal beauty, take a vitamin C supplement such as Viridian Ester c 550mg or Sara’s Choice Camu Camu.

No. 5 – Sea Buckthorn (omega-7)

Sea Buckthorn is a berry found in both Europe and Asia and is one of the world’s most potent sources of omega-7 fatty acid.

Sea buckthorn oil is well-known today for its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin, from helping to balance out the skin’s sebum production, heal acne scars and age spots, assist in wound healing, eliminate skin rashes and help slow down the aging process.
When used topically, Sea Buckthorn may also help heal burns, cuts, wounds, sunburn, rashes, and other types of skin damage. Using sea buckthorn oil daily really helps to nourish the tissues in your body and skin, promoting skin hydration, elasticity, and skin regeneration.

For more info on this plant, check out this website on Sea Buckthorn oil

No. 6 Greens Powder

If there’s one thing we should be eating more of, it’s greens. They’re cleansing, detoxifying and alkalising to the body, and help to cleanse and nourish the blood.
Greens remove toxins from the body’s system, detoxify heavy metals and pollutants, help alkalise the body, bring down inflammation, are very high in essential vitamins and minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes and are a great source of potent antioxidants.

You can get powdered greens like Synergy Supergreens or One Nutrition Powder Greens and they’re super easy to add into your diet.
Try having just one green smoothie a day with a spoonful of greens powder and you will begin to see noticeable improvements in your skin.

No. 7 MSM

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulphur compound that naturally occurs in nature and is in all animal tissues and living plants. It supports over 150 compounds in the body including skin and hair and aids the body with detoxification.
MSM supports the production of collagen for healthy hair, skin elasticity, nails, cartilage and joints. Without sulphur, it cannot be produced.

MSM can be taken in powder form or tablet and is best taken with some form of vitamin C, whether supplement or food.

No. 8 Hyaluronic Acid

Our staff members recommend hyaluronic acid for collagen production and regeneration (skin plumpness).

Hyaluronic Acid is found in almost every cell within the body. It’s a hydrophilic (water-loving) molecule capable of holding up to a thousand times its own weight in water, hence why is often referred to as nature’s moisturiser.

Hyaluronic Acid is one of the components that forms the skin’s Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF) and significantly enhances the elasticity of skin tissue. As the human body ages, levels of Hyaluronic Acid dramatically decline. This may account for the loss of hydration that contributes to many conditions of ageing that affect skin and joints, including loss of elasticity of the skin – a major contributing factor to the formation of wrinkles.
Research has confirmed that Hyaluronic acid is beneficial when used both topically and orally for maintenance of the skin’s layers and structure.

No. 9 Cleansing Herbs

Herbs are not only important for overall health and longevity, but they can also help support healthy skin, hair and nails.

Our staff say “Try cleansing herbs such as milk thistle or flor essence cleansing blend to cleanse the body’s systems. This will help the detoxification pathways work more efficiently, therefore there will be no clogging in the skin.”

(Note that some at the beginning of their cleanse they may experience breakouts as the toxins are often released through the skin) – see our previous blog 7 Top Tips for Natural Detoxing and Daily Cleansing and Detox 101: What You Need to Know Before You Start a Detox Programme for more info.

Mineral-rich alfalfa, nettle and gotu kola provide nourishment needed for healthy hair, skin and nails.
Our staff say “Nettle root (preferably tincture or juice) is fabulous if anyone suffers from skin breakouts or prickly heat in the summer. It’s good to start taking the Nettle root before the hot season and throughout it, plus before and during a sunshine filled holiday.”

Don’t forget that beauty truly comes from the inside, so for more info on eating your way to natural beauty, have a read of our previous blog post Starting From The Inside Out: Why Skin Problems Are Often An Internal Issue.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us via our Facebook page!

– Emily

*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication

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