The beauty industry is awash with new innovations in the wellness sector, promising healthier, glowier skin. This even extends to the foods we eat: whether it's bone broth as the go-to cure of a common cold, mushroom-infused skincare for calming and curing angry skin and Kombucha being hailed the ultimate gut-settler, boosting your digestion and overall gut health. Previously, taking "supplements" involved a single multi-vitamin daily and perhaps an omega fish oil if you really wanted to boost your overall health. Now? I personally, take six different supplements to help with my beauty woes and that's little compared to some.
Beauty supplements are entering a whole new era as many women and men are wanting to take a more holistic approach to beauty. According to Mintel, research reveals 11 per cent of UK consumers who have taken vitamins, minerals or dietary supplements in the last 12 months say they take vitamins to benefit their appearance. Mintel also estimates the entire UK vitamins and supplements market to be worth £420 million and growing.
It's therefore no surprise that many brands have extended their existing skincare ranges to include a beauty-health supplement to be part of such a fast-growing market. Many existing nutritional brands are infusing the market with supplements that have a beauty spin and encourage an inside-out method to enhance and target complex matters such as hair health, skin luminosity, acne and even gut health.
"Supplements are a great way to help balance any deficiencies we have," says dermatologist Dr Barbara Sturm, who has an eponymous skincare range. "Our lifestyles mean that our bodies find it hard to absorb and function as they were originally programmed. Vegetarian and vegan-type diets can result in extreme deficiencies of essential nutrients like iron and calcium, proving supplementation to be a great cure," says Sturm.
Lorraine Peretta, Head Nutritionist of Advanced Nutrition adds, "our lifestyles put great stress on our nutritional status. Pollution, stress, eating on the run and UV light, from not only from the sun but also computer screens, all take their toll on any vitamins and minerals we may ingest through our diet alone," says Peretta. Back in prehistoric times, a person would consume around 4000 calories a day to fuel the body, now? The average female consumes around 2000 calories a day. "We’re much less active so get less nutritional value from food," says Peretta."The amount of nutrients (a nutrient is a vitamin, mineral, key oil, and plant nutrient) in 2000 calories is much less than 4000 calories. Modern farming has also stripped out much of the natural nutrients that even our grandparents enjoyed, hence the need for supplements is ever growing.
How to start
When building a supplement regime for the first time there are some basics to include as there are so many out there, it can be overwhelming. "The best supplements to take have a very high quality and have been produced by someone you trust," says Sturm. There are a lot of supplements on the market so it's always important to check what you are actually taking. "If it's for medical reasons, make sure to follow up with your doctor about how your body takes the supplementation and monitor your levels closely," advises Sturm.
Peretta recommends a multivitamin to cover basic everyday nutritional support. If you want to enhance your regime, "look to add an adequate vitamin b, as it's primary function is to convert food to fuel so is essential for a healthy digestive system. Your dose of vitamin C is super important too and should be around 1000mg." Why? "Vitamin C is a large vitamin so it’s impossible for a multivitamin to contain 1000mg of vitamin C in a size that you could swallow," says Peretta. It's multi-functional benefits make it an all rounder health enhancer.
Opt for two omegas, three and six. Omegas are a fat and are difficult to include in a dry tablet or capsule so you’ll rarely see omegas included in a multivitamin. "As we live in the UK where most people are low in vitamin D, I would recommend taking a vitamin D3 supplement (even in the summer) as the sun doesn’t get strong enough this far north to stimulate vitamin D3 in the body," advises Peretta.
Once you have the basics covered you can tweak your beauty regime with beauty supplements that aid hair loss, skin luminosity and other woes. Supplements should be part of a 360-degree approach to a healthy diet and lifestyle, and taken under the supervision of a doctor. Here are some of our favourite beauty supplements.
Repair Food is a concentrated and potent anti-inflammatory supplement that works to repair cellular function from the inside out. These supplements have been created to combat the aging culprit inflammation throughout the body, improving function of the joints, muscles and organs.
Taking this super supplement helps the gut to restore its proper balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, in turn supporting healthy digestion, a strong immune system and proper metabolism.
It contains a unique patented combination of vitamins A, C, E plus a plant nutrient found in broccoli and other dark cruciferous vegetables. This patented formulation delivers a synergy among these nutrients that helps to support skin clarity and health.
Lumity's smart ingredients work around-the-clock through their unique two-step formula. They target nutritional supplementation to support your health and vitality. Beautiful skin, hair and nails stem from strong inner nutrition.
SkinShake is a complete and nutritious skin-boosting formula which targets the multiple requirements of the skin as it ages.
Based on Murad’s Cellular Water Principle, these supplements are designed to help boost cellular hydration levels for youthful-looking skin with a healthy glow.