When it comes to skincare, I 100% believe that what you eat is just as (if not more) important than what you put on your face. While I do make it a goal to drink 8 cups of water a day and get enough veggies and fruits, sometimes I still need a little help. Hello vitamins and supplements!
First of all I’m NOT a doctor or a nutritionist, just someone who is obsessed with skincare and has done her research. I can’t guarantee you’ll get the same results I do, or if these are even safe for your current conditions. Always consult with a medical professional before taking any supplements, and yes, you still need your fruits and veggies!
Ok, so with that disclaimer out of the way, I’d like to share what supplements I take for my skin and hair:
- Youtheory Collagen
Collagen is the protein that keeps our hair + nails strong and our skin smooth. Sadly as we get into our 20’s we start losing 1% of our collagen each year, and hello wrinkles and brittle hair. Collagen supplements are super popular in Asia and I can’t help but wonder if that’s why the women there have such great skin. My mother-in-law takes also them and swears by it, and she looks 10+ years younger than her actual age. I just wish the serving size wasn’t 3 enormous pills – couldn’t they have condensed the ingredients into 1 pill instead??
$23 for 390 pills
- Jarrow Formulas Glutathione Reduced
Glutathione is a vital antioxidant our body needs, and you can read all about its many benefits here, but it’s also the main ingredient of these “skin brightening shots” you can get in Asian countries. Apparently brightening skincare products aren’t enough there anymore, now you can get an intravenous injection of glutathione to help speed up the process! Since that’s not an option in the US (and I hate needles), I’ll just take the painless supplements instead.
$19.99 for 60 capsules
- Island Vibrance Coconut Colon Cleanse
Did you know that the sweat glands in your skin plays an active role in removing toxins from your body? Of course, there are other organs that perform similar functions, but if for any reason toxins aren’t going out that way, then they’ll find some other way out, aka, through your skin! That’s why I take this Coconut Colon Cleanse – to make sure the toxins are going out the, uh, right way. I thought this was going to make me run to the bathroom like crazy, but it was surprisingly gentle! I also love that it’s full of natural beneficial ingredients like coconut oil, aloe vera, and ground flaxseed. As a matter of fact, if you go through the ingredients, you’ll find that many are good sources of fiber.
$19.95 for 120 capsules
- Sundown Naturals Biotin
If you want longer, stronger, and thicker hair, just take biotin supplements. I went through a period where I was losing a lot of hair, and the situation slowly improved when I started taking biotin supplements. Also, you don’t need a crazy high dosage to see effects, because anything beyond our body’s normal requirement will just get flushed out anyways. If you like you can also take those multivitamin for skin/hair/nails but I find plain biotin to be just as effective, and less expensive.
$13.48 for 150 pills
- Puritan’s Pride Timed Release Vitamin C
I don’t think I need to go into the benefits of Vitamin C, but I take it mainly for its skin benefits. Vitamin C helps repair the effects of sun damage – dark spots, discoloration – and it can brighten the skin by inhibiting melanin production. Basically whatever benefits it has on your skin when applied topically, it’ll be the same when ingested orally. It’s important that you try to buy one with timed release, since vitamin c is also water-soluble and any extra you take will get flushed out.
$15.39 for 500 pills
If you’re lazy you can always take those 1-a-day multivitamins, which usually contains vitamin c and biotin. But since I’m taking these to supplement my skincare regimen, I prefer to mix/match to fit my current needs. As with most things in life, patience is key. You won’t notice results right away, but if you keep at it you’ll start to notice small improvements.