As I have been talking about beautiful skin from within, I wanted to share some of my favorite beauty supplements that you can add into your daily routine to optimize skin health, minimize signs of aging and boost your skin’s natural glow..
In this article, I will discuss my 5 favorite beauty supplements:
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in skin that keeps it tight, lifted and prevents it from sagging. Unfortunately, as we age our natural collagen production slows down, making it all the more important to give our bodies some assistance. Collagen itself is the best food for collagen formation! After being absorbed in the small intestine, collagen peptides are distributed around the body, especially to the skin, where they can stay for up to 14 days. When they reach the skin they have a two-fold benefits – they provide building blocks for the formation of collagen fibers and they stimulate the production of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. My favorite collagen is from Equip Foods (use code JENNIFERH for 15% off) and I add it to my smoothie every single morning.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps mitigate the aging effects of free radical damage to the skin and helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is an essential precursor for the production of collagen which is why I take my Vitamin C supplement before drinking my collagen smoothie. LivOn Labs makes my go-to option because it is a liposomal form, meaning it is suspended in phospholipids that improve absorption. For best results add to a little water and drink 15 minutes before eating breakfast. You can buy it on Amazon here.
Skin health = gut health. Poor gut health and inflammation can be the one of the root causes of skin issues such as acne, eczema, rosacea and premature aging. This is why probiotics are one of my foundational supplements for healthy skin. Additionally, probiotics can help our body produce a free radical called superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that helps fight free radical damage and protects the skin. When choosing a probiotic, I recommend looking for an option that contains the strain Saccharomyces boulardii, as this specific strain is great at boosting the beneficial bacteria in our gut and minimizing the harmful bacteria. I recommend Proflora Excellen S.B from the Poliquin Group, which you can purchase here.
Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower inflammation in the body. Omega 3 fatty acids also help to keep our skin youthful and glowing as they help boost the health of our skin cell membranes, keeping them plump and hydrated. Because of their anti-inflammatory effects, omega-3s can also provide a soothing effect for dry, itchy skin and reduce frequency of breakouts. I recommend supplementing with a high quality fish oil made from wild caught fish for the best quality. I recommend the EPA-DHA Blend from the Poliquin Group which you can purchase here.
This supplement is a combination of collagen, essential vitamins and minerals, adaptogens and other natural ingredients that promote visibly thicker, fuller, stronger hair for women of all ages by targeting root causes of thinning hair, such as: hormones, aging, and metabolism As previously discussed, collagen is also essential for skin elasticity and youthful looking skin. Nutrafol also contains curcumin, which fights inflammation by neutralizing free radicals as well as protects skin cells from further damage. I use this supplement in my smoothies to give my skin and hair an extra boost. You can buy it here.
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