16 Oct Supplements for Beautiful Skin
Vitamins and supplements should be a key part of your beauty routine because they can make a significant difference in your skin’s firmness and clarity, and can even help reduce breakouts. You can’t take supplements while living off fast food and hope for Gabrielle Union’s skin (which is so flawless it is almost painful to look at), but supplements can certainly make up for whatever nutritional deficiencies your body may have that might be impacting the quality of your skin.
These are some skin loving supplements that I have tried. Oddly when I was taking them regularly I wasn’t sure I saw much of a difference, but in the last few weeks where I haven’t been taking any supplements at all (so stupid, I clearly got cocky) there has definitely been a deterioration in my skin, so clearly my body NEEDS these.
30 DAY BEAUTY SECRET
This supplement has literally popped up in every pharmacy in Lagos, promising to change your hair skin and nails in 30 days. Trust your girl to buy it. But I didn’t see any noticeable results. Maybe you need to keep at it for longer than 30 days?
OMEGA 3 (Found in Fish Oil)
Omega 3 is a fatty acid that’s great for a healthy brain and heart, but MORE IMPORTANTLY (lol) it is amazing for skin. Omega 3 acid helps regulate oil production in the body and boosts skin hydration, slows the skin’s aging process and has anti inflammatory properties which may help with acne. It also keeps hair strong and shiny. I like this brand (Nordic Naturals) in particular because it has fewer ingredients in it- some of these supplement fillers can be ridiculous. For optimal benefits you should take 1000mg a day. If you can’t find an Omega 3 supplement, Fish Oil is fine too- just check the bottle for how much Omega 3 is contained in each tablet (usually 300mg) so you’ll need to take 3-4 tablets.
We all know how great this vitamin is for our immune systems but taking Vitamin C regularly can help reverse discolouration and sun damage, and prevent wrinkles. For faster results, Vitamin C should be applied topically- but it is also quite helpful to take orally as well. I take this for the skin benefits, but also because my son is in school and comes home with all sorts of fun cold viruses for the family to share. Fabulous! So I have to #staystrapped because no one looks good with a snotty nose.
Another powerful antioxidant like Vitamin C which helps fight free radical damage on the skin which leads to wrinkles and it is also great for hair. To be honest I haven’t seen much of an impact of this supplement, so I may probably just let this one go. It is verrrrrrry good when used topically though (on body skin, its quite heavy for the face if you have oily skin).
ZINC (Not pictured because I’m a dunce, and was probably hungry)
Zinc should be a staple on every acne sufferer’s dresser. Research shows that acne suffered have lower zinc levels than people with clear skin, and taking zinc can reduce acne by up to 50%. Personally, I think that figure is a bit exaggerated- but Zinc is definitely worth a try. Zinc has anti inflammatory properties to reduce the size of spots (particularly helpful with cystic acne), and antioxidant properties which help fight acne causing bacteria.
The best form of Zinc to take is Zinc Picolinate apparently- but I have sadly never beheld this form with mine own eyes. Zinc Gluconate is the next best option, and that is more easily available in the pharmacies. Acne prone individuals should aim to take around 50mg a day.
Have you tried any of these supplements? Should any other vitamins or supplements be on this list?
Let me know,