Nourish - 9 Beauty-Boosting Supplements
On the blog today we’re talking 9 beauty-boosting supplements.
Let’s first of all point out that there are no pills that can compensate for a poor diet or a chronic lack of sleep. However, a high-quality supplement when used in conjunction with a good diet and lifestyle can certainly help you fight the ageing process and boost your overall beauty.
If you want:
- smoother skin
- thicker hair
- stronger nails
Then you can give an almighty boost to your already balanced diet with these 9 beauty-boosting supplements.
No. 1 – Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids are fatty acids that the body cannot manufacture itself. Therefore, they need to be obtained from the diet. You may also know these essential fatty acids as Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Essential fatty acids help to:
- regulate inflammation (such as psoriasis eczema and problematic dry skin on the body, face or scalp.)
- hold moisture
- distribute melanin
- to prevent free radical and oxidative damage that causes skin ageing.
- could inhibit the UV-related damage that causes premature ageing and wrinkles
Essential fatty acids may help prevent:
- inflammatory skin conditions
- slow skin healing
- splitting nails
- dull and thinning hair
- 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:
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 supplements from cold salt-water fatty fish such as herring, haddock, cod, mackerel and salmon provide exceptionally high levels of the omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA.
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. As a result, this help to create a healthy body, glowing skin, and strong hair and nails. People don’t often think about their digestion in relation to their skin hair and nail appearance, but they’re highly connected. As far as beauty-boosting supplements go, probiotics are up there!
Try adding a probiotic into your diet if:
- you’ve been stressed lately
- you recently came off antibiotics (or been on them in the last 2 years)
- have digestive troubles or bloating
- have inflamed skin such as eczema
Probiotics help to support the digestive system and help balance out gut bacteria levels in your gut. A happy gut is key to an overall happy body.
Research even suggests that taking probiotics can also help heal skin problems including eczema, acne and rosacea.
To learn more I encourage you to have a read over my blog posts:
- Starting From The Inside Out: Why Skin Problems Are Often An Internal Issue | 1
- Starting From The Inside Out: Why Skin Problems Are Often An Internal Issue | 2
- Help Your Body Recover from Antibiotics Naturally
No. 3 – B Vitamins
B vitamins are essential for our health and wellbeing. They play a vital role in every bodily function, from our nervous system, energy levels, immune system, brain health through to our outer appearance.
In relation to our skin, hair and nail health, B vitamins promote luscious hair, strong healthy nails and a glowy, dewy, unblemished complexion. That’s because they provide the energy your skin cells need to regenerate and renew. They’re also a fundamental nutrition source.
Deficiencies in B vitamins can cause:
- dryness of hair/skin/nails
- excessive oiliness of both skin and hair
- cracking and wrinkling lips
- premature wrinkles
- peeling, splitting nails
For the ladies…
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). interestingly, the high level of B6 will help target hormonal or premenstrual acne.
No. 4 – Vitamin C
A list of beauty-boosting supplements wouldn’t be complete without mentioning 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.
- Vitamin C is one of the best defenders against free-radical damage. It’s 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.
- It helps to support the manufacture and maintenance of collagen. Collagen is one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It provides structure to a lot of the body. Essentially, it’s like the glue that holds you together.
Additionally, this is the substance that provides your skin with its youthful resilience.
- Vitamin c promotes skin elasticity and skin repair, plus it helps reduce ongoing collagen damage that leads to wrinkles.
For radiant skin and optimal beauty, take a vitamin C supplement such as:
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. That’s why it’s made it on to the beauty-boosting supplements list.
It helps to:
- balance out the skin’s sebum production
- heal acne scars
- heal age spots
- assist in wound healing
- eliminate skin rashes
- help slow down the ageing 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 help to:
- remove toxins from the body’s system
- detoxify heavy metals and pollutants
- alkalise the body
- bring down inflammation
- are very high in essential vitamins and minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes
- 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. And that my friends is why it’s on our beauty-boosting supplements list.
MSM supports the production of collagen for healthy hair, skin elasticity, nails, cartilage and joints. Without sulphur, it cannot be produced.
No. 8 – Hyaluronic Acid
When I asked our shop floor staff members what their top recommendation would be for beauty-boosting supplements they replied with this one. Hyaluronic acid. This supplement is fantastic 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. Interestingly, it’s 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 form 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. Furthermore, this may account for the loss of hydration that contributes to many conditions of ageing that affect skin and joints. This includes 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 blogs:
- 7 Top Tips for Natural Detoxing and Daily Cleansing
- Detox 101: What You Need to Know Before You Start a Detox Programme for more info.
Mineral-rich alfalfa, nettle and Gotu kola provide the 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.”
Have a read over my blog posts for more ideas on how to incorporate herbs into you diet:
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.
*Please note this is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you are taking medication or have a diagnosed condition.