Written by Laura Soulios (bodytunedby.ca)
Are you looking for the best supplements for beautiful healthy skin? If you are like me, then you believe that taking care of your beauty is essential not only with external treatments and homecare but also with nutrition. Let me start off by saying that your nutrition should come from natural whole food sources. Unfortunately, in many areas of the world food is not as nutritious as it should be, and therefore we have to take supplements to give our bodies the macro and micronutrients it needs. Thereby our bodies will have the tools it needs to improve our skin health from the inside out. Before starting a vitamin or supplement regimen, I recommend consulting your doctor. Without further adieu, these are my top 7 glowing skin supplements.
After the age of 25, our natural collagen begins to deplete and by the age of 45, our bodies have lost up to 30% of the total collagen supply! That’s right 30%!
A decrease in collagen leads to dullness, wrinkles, and sagging skin therefore a collagen supplement free of chemicals and synthetics is a key to creating firmer smoother more supple skin, plus you get the added bonus of improved hair and nail health.
Omega Fatty Acids (AKA- FISH OIL)
Fish Oil contains two main types of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA benefits the skin by regulating oil production to boost hydration and help with acne. Both help with wrinkles and to slow down the effect of aging not only on the face but on the entire body.
Vitamin C - Sodium Ascorbate
Not only is Vitamin C amazing to use topically on the skin but you should be taking it internally as well. It is an essential vitamin that is known for its antioxidant properties.
It brightens the skin, reduces inflammation, promotes collagen, and helps fade dark pigmentation & acne scarring.
Vitamin B’s are essential for healthy cell functions, healthy skin, hair & nails. Overall, the B’s help with skin elasticity, they help strengthen the skin barrier, even the skin tone, reduce inflammation, regulate oily skin and fight acne. If you are suffering from acne then I highly recommend you focus on B6.
Another important nutrient that the body needs to function well is Vitamin A. (AKA- Retinol, retinoic acid, retinal, and beta carotene) which you may have seen advertised in skincare across the globe.
It aids in collagen production, fills fine lines & wrinkles, helps with skin elasticity, and keeps the skin firm and supple. Vitamin A also helps clear acne and slow down excess oil production since it stimulates cell turnover. So not only should you be using the topical Vitamin A (Retinol) on your face, but you should also be ingesting it.
Vitamin D3 & K2
We all know the sun has many benefits and our bodies need Vitamin D to function properly. Vitamin D paired with K2 will help to absorb the Vitamin D more efficiently.
By introducing D3 & K2 into your daily routine you are not only helping to strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis, but you are helping to increase the elastin in the skin and therefore helping to reduce wrinkles.
Zinc is another antioxidant & anti-inflammatory mineral that protects your skin from free radical damage. Zinc helps to control the amount of oil you produce and helps heal the skin by preventing bacterial infections. So, for these reasons it is very beneficial in clearing acne. Zinc also helps to lower skin inflammation, redness and skin irritation.
Since zinc is an antioxidant it has also been widely used for anti-aging and helps stimulate collagen production and skin elastin. Lastly extremely low levels of zinc could lead to hair loss overtime so one more reason to start supplementing this into your diet.
In summary, my top 7 best vitamin supplements for glowing skin are: Collagen, Fish Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3&K2 and Zinc. Making sure you get enough of the right vitamins can keep your skin looking healthy and delay the aging process.