Beauty Supplements: Do They Actually Work?

With so many supplements on the market claiming to reverse ageing, strengthen nails and prevent hair loss, we set the record straight on whether they actually work.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have seen the slew of supplements on shelf and online boasting a host of beautification benefits. You’ve no doubt asked yourself: “can you actually change your appearance through supplementation?” And it’s a fair question. Below we explore the rise of beauty supplements and sort the fact from the fiction.

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You can consume all the bone broth and turmeric shots you like, exercise five times a week and follow a 12-step skincare routine, but if you’re nutritionally depleted it’s often reflected in the quality of your skin, hair and nails. This is because the body will prioritise the use of nutrients for more important organs in the body. That’s where beauty supplements come in.

Even if you eat healthy 80 percent of the time, you’ll probably still have a couple of nutritional gaps in your diet. All supplements – whether for immunity or ‘beauty’ – are effective at filling in deficiencies, but there are also a few vitamins and minerals that aren’t so easy to get from food or your body can’t produce enough on its own, like collagen.

The same logic with nutrients from food is behind beauty supplements. Just like the food we eat has a direct correlation to the way our skin looks –the same notion can be applied to supplements.

Below are a few of the key superstar supplements to look out for if beauty is front of mind…

Collagen for anti-ageing, stronger nails & healthy hair

Collagen is integral for skin elasticity and structure. This is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body but our body’s ability to create and store collagen is reduced as we age, leading to dry skin, dullness, and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also great news for your hair and nails if they could use a little extra TLC. Your hair and nails is made up of collagen, so the more you have the stronger everything will be. So if thinning or breakage is a concern then upping your collagen intake is definitely a great call.

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Collagen is the ultimate anti-ager keeping skin, hair and nails strong / Free Pik

Vitamin C for that glow factor

This wonder vitamin, like collagen, supports healthy skin function and structure but it also helps in the formation of collagen and elastin – so you need to make sure you’re getting enough of it in order for your body to create and store that collagen. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, Vitamin C has the added bonus of protecting skin from free radical damage caused by chemicals and toxins in your diet and environment, which can accelerate premature ageing. Plus, it helps to create a healthier looking complexion by plumping the skin and encouraging it to retain more moisture.

Evening Primrose Oil for healthier skin

Ask any facialist and they’ll swear by Evening Primrose Oil for boosting your skin’s glow factor. Packed full of essential nutrients and healthy fats, this oil has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce swelling, redness and itching of rashes and skin conditions. This magic oil is also helpful for those suffering from acne due to a hormone imbalance; it visibly helps to diminish breakouts.

Biotin for hair growth

You’ve probably had a friend or two swear by biotin—a form of vitamin B also known as vitamin B7. It’s a water-soluble B vitamin that helps improve the physical infrastructure of keratin, a key protein in hair. You’ll find it in most hair loss supplements for this reason. You’ll find biotin in our potent B-Complex, which includes eight B vitamins for maximum benefit.

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Biotin has been found to increase hair fullness as well as prevent hair fall / Free People

Zinc for acne-prone skin

A whopping 1/3 of the world’s population suffers from a zinc deficiency and research shows that those who suffer from acne are more likely to have 24 per cent lower zinc levels than those with clear skin. Some studies say that taking a zinc supplement can reduce breakouts by up to 50 per cent as it has a similar reduction of the inflammatory response to bacteria as antibiotics do. Zinc also diminishes keratinocyte activation which leads to blocked pores and acne.

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