Edible Beauty: The Vitamin Supplements to Pep Up Tired Skin

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Some people wear their hearts on their sleevesI tend to wear mine on my forehead, in the corners of my eyes, and sometimes around my mouth. Anything keeping me up at nightwhether it's stress, work, or the remnants of a bottle of Tignanello consumed that eveningwill unavoidably show up in some form on my skin the next day. Interestingly enough, it's never acne that manifests. It's a more sallow, lackluster complexion and usually invites empathetic You look tired today, observations from friends.

Some months ago, pre-pandemic, I went in for my yearly dermatology check-up. It's the one medical annual I actually anticipatean opportunity to quiz the hell out of my no-nonsense dermatologist. As I attempted to engage him in yet another game of skin Jeopardy, he turned to me, irritated, and said point- blank: Look, nothing you will ever put on your face topically will match up to what you do internally. Drink water, sleep, and get good nutrition. Take good supplements that work while you eat well, toothat actually really helps.

His words have been on my mind for months now. But to be frank like my trusty doctor, slow-cooking vegetables and juicing several times a day takes time. Supplements don'tand the majority of the ones below contain some of the most crucial elements to long-term skin health, like zinc and vitamins A and C. Below, you'll find the most effective and cutting-edge ingestible beauty products that will complement, not over-complicate, a beauty routine. (Keep in mind: When it comes to ingesting inside-out beautifying products, bioavailabilityor the proportion of nutrients entering the bloodstreamis quickest when in liquid form, followed by gummies, cellulose capsules, and hard pills.)

We're always reluctant to jump on the celebrity beauty product bandwagon, but given the visible results the W editors experienced after using products from the J. Lo skincare line, these supplements will surely not let our skin down. Launched today, Inner Love is a daily vitamin providing 100 percent of your daily essential vitamins and minerals; it also has components focusing on fighting oxidative stress (vitamins C, A and E), support for collagen production (copper and manganese) and hydration (olive fruit extract). These supplements will provide skin with much-needed elasticity and hydration.

A curated blend of ingredients formulated by 111 Skin founder Dr. Yannis Alexandrides fortifies the gut and helps tighten and brighten skin from within, using the ingredients glutathione, licorice root extract, and phytoceramide complex. These key components assist with skin radiance and detoxification, setting out to show visible improvements with fine lines, wrinkle depth, and skin dullness when taken daily and consistently.

More than just a rudimentary collagen powder, the building blocks in this formulation help skin glow with vital electrolytes to aid with skin hydration, probiotics for complexion clarity and immunity, as well as 20 essential amino acids to help skin maintain texture, resilience, and elasticity. The powder created by naturopath Dr. Talib also contains strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant elixirs such as turmeric, lucuma, amla and Coq10, all of which help strengthen the skin barrier, improve skin hydration, calm the skin, and even help to reduce scar tissue. This cocktail acts as a game-changer for the gut microbiome, toogiving optimal health from within.

Just launched last month, Blur Potion is a straightforward antioxidant supplement to help to fade stubborn pigmentation, even out skin tone, and restore the skin's elasticity. This product contains French pine extract, oligopinwhich studies show is effective in reducing melanin depositsand grapeseed extract. When taken orally, the latter is effective in lightening UV- induced pigmentation.

A powerful boost that addresses the unpleasant results of collagen losswhich can be the culprit when it comes to sagging skin, brittle hair and nails, and even poor sleep quality. Holi(Mane), developed by Agent Nateur founder Jena Covello and leading functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole is a fast absorbing, odorless, tasteless, collagen powder that revitalizes skin, hair, and nails.

This product has been on our radar for two reasons: one, Jodi Comer (whose skin is immaculate) mentioned it as a skin savior go-to when filming; and two, it's skincare in liquid form. In terms of supplement absorption, liquids consistently absorb better in the body. The marine collagen formulation contains six key ingredients to trigger a response to increase your own production of elastin, hyaluronic acid and collagen; vitamin B complex (essential for skin health), vitamin C, Omegas 3 and 6, and L-lysine which is also a great immune booster. Best to consume for at least 30 to 90 days to see visible effects of decreased overall facial lines and wrinkles.

This supplement is for those of us who lack the time or patience to prepare juices and veggies on a daily basis. Unofficially known as the facial in a glass, wellness expert and cancer survivor Dawn Russell developed 8Greens Skin as a simple method to consume high-grade beauty nutrients in a convenient, time-saving manner. These effervescent tablets, which dissolve in water and are surprisingly palatable, deliver a ridiculous amount of the holy grail of skin nutrients: biotin, zinc, and vitamins A and C. One tablet contains as much vitamin A as four cups of broccoli and as much biotin as 187 pounds of salmon. Russell hasn't overlooked the importance of collagen, either; 8Greens Skin contains marine collagen that's been treated enzymatically, stimulating a higher absorption rate.

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