But which nutritional supplements should we actually use according to the advice of dermatology experts, and why do they deserve a place in our daily routine? What works and what doesn’t? What to invest money in, and what are we wasting it on?
Collagen or coenzyme Q10? Vitamin B12 injections, or vitamin C powder in the first glass of water in the morning when we get up? Are you more of a spirulina type, or a probiotic? In the last few years, the popularity of “nutri-cosmetics” has exploded worldwide, and moved the multivitamin market into a multi-billion dollar multi-purpose market.
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Namely, according to official data from the Net-a-porter portal, more was spent on supplements than on skin care products last year.
Supplements are also becoming sexy, because there is no longer a need for cocktails of different pills when you can sprinkle under the tongue or add supplements to food – at the workplace, at home, in transport – it is now quite common to mix a vitamin shake in the kitchen.
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Advice is provided by dermatologist Dr. Catherine Borisievicz, consultant Cadogan Clinicand Dr. David Jack, specialist in aesthetic medicine and founder of the center Integrative Beauty.
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Should we choose supplements that contain skin care ingredients?
The first thing we need to understand is that the local potency of the ingredients does not guarantee the same result orally. Sure, a powder or pill with ingredients you recognize might suggest it will add similar benefits to your favorite serum, but your digestive system doesn’t metabolize ingredients the same way your skin does.
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“Collagen supplements are a pretty good example of that,” said Dr. Borisievicz. “Collagen is essentially a complex of proteins, and when it reaches your gastrointestinal tract, your body will break it down into amino acids, just like any other protein. It is very difficult to determine whether the collagen you ingest actually gets into your skin as collagen – it may happen to be converted into something else. ”
Collagen supplements were originally made for injury recovery, not aesthetics. “It’s a massive meal of amino acids,” added Dr. Borisievicz. However, there are other theories about how they can be useful. For example, there is a theory that they act as a sudden influx of collagen, which the body recognizes as a result of injury, and thus produces more.
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That being said, they offer other benefits as well. Various collagen supplements are formulated with other extracts and vitamins that do not harm the skin, making the amino acid an additional supplement. “Also, those who suffer from inflammatory diseases, such as eczema or psoriasis, can benefit,” said Dr. Borisievicz. Collagen is also very difficult to get into your diet (unless you are a big chicken liver), so a supplement can be just that – an addition to your intake.
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“If I was going through a bad period with the flu and I wasn’t eating as much as I wanted, I might consider taking it,” concluded Dr. Borisievicz. Anyone who goes to bed late, eats fast food, and grabs a handful of snacks between meetings might want to consider using a collagen supplement.
What vitamins should we take for beautiful and healthy skin?
“Vitamin C and E are some of the must-have supplements for beautiful and healthy skin,” said Dr. Jack. “Together they work very synergistically, and they are powerful antioxidants.” Vitamin D is another seemingly unassuming supplement that has serious skin benefits.
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“There are so many studies that show countless benefits of vitamin D, and if you were to just expose yourself to the sun until your skin absorbs enough vitamin D, you’d have to lie in the sun until you get burned, which would definitely be scary!” explained Dr. Borisievicz.
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“I also like the options we have now with powder varieties that you can add to water or juice. They are much easier on the stomach, and the antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, really help protect the skin from environmental damage, which can cause faster skin aging and acne breakouts.”
Can we “drink” our retinol?
“In fact, we have a lot of research on how retinol, or vitamin A, works when it’s ingested,” explained Dr. David Jack. “Prescription drugs such as isotretinoin are high-dose vitamin A concentrations and can produce impressive results.” Of course, standard potable retinol won’t be as potent as isotretinoin, but the skin regeneration and renewal benefits will still be there – albeit less pronounced.
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As Dr. Borisievicz noted, even at very low doses care should be taken to avoid vitamin A supplements if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or drinking retinol may be a good alternative for anyone who believes the current version is too aggressive.
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