Learn About 6 Ingredients for Your Skin: Support your beauty from within with skin support supplements
A range of ingredients can be used to support healthy, strong skin. The vitamins and supplements you take to benefit your health and wellness also can play an integral role in supporting your skin health. ‡
As your largest organ and first line of defense against bacteria, toxins, and pollutants, your skin is constantly working to keep you healthy. Because of this, it’s important not to take your skin health for granted.
The good news is that many of the vitamins and supplements you take for optimal personal wellness, are also supportive in fortifying and supporting your skin health. Keep reading to learn more about how your skin keeps you healthy and 6 supplemental ingredients for skin health.‡
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Your Skin – Your Largest Organ
With an average size of 20 square feet1, your skin is your largest organ. Your skin health can tell health experts a lot about your overall health and underlying health status.
Your skin is responsible for multiple health functions including: ‡
Providing a protective barrier from moisture, the cold and sun rays, germs, and toxic substances.3
Regulating your body temperature.3
Preventing dehydration and protecting you from the negative effects of too much heat or cold.3
Allowing your body to feel sensations such as warmth, cold, pressure, itching, and pain.3
The deepest layer of skin (subcutis) stores water, fat, and metabolic products, and produces hormones that are important for the whole body.3
Protecting from infections and healing injuries as part of your immune system.
Skin is also a window into our internal health and wellness. Often health conditions and concerns are reflected in the appearance of our skin. A dull color, jaundice, dryness, or itchy skin can all be indicators of underlying health problems or concerns.2
Do not overlook your skin health. Read on to learn about 6 ingredients for skin health and wellness support. ‡
6 Ingredients for Skin Health ‡
The perfect way to get the vitamins and minerals your skin needs is with a balanced and healthy diet. However, there are times when we can’t get all the nutrients we need or when your body needs a bit of an extra nutritional support with vitamins and supplements. ‡
These 6 supplements can help you support your skin health and give you additional health and wellness benefits: ‡
Collagen is the most abundant type of protein in your body. Collagen is everywhere, from your skin to your bones to your joints. There are at least 16 types of collagen in your body.
The collagen in your skin provides a support matrix, creating strength and promoting firmness and elasticity, while helping to retain moisture and contributing to resiliency.
As you age, collagen production naturally decreases, leading to changes in your skin’s texture, appearance, and elasticity.
Collagen supplementation may help the health of your skin by supporting improvements in wrinkles, elasticity, and hydration. One study found that people who took a combination supplement of type II collagen (along with chondroitin and hyaluronic acid) saw improvements in face and eye wrinkles, skin elasticity, and skin collagen content. This study also noted decreased skin dryness and redness. ‡
Another study found that supplementation with collagen peptides helped skin feel more hydrated and supported increases in collagen in the skin. ‡
To give your skin a collagen support, you can increase your intake of collagen-rich and fortifying foods that enable collagen production. Foods such as bone broth, fruits and vegetables, seafood, beans, and egg whites contain the protein, vitamin C, zinc, and copper your body needs to produce collagen.
A collagen supplement like Collagen JS may help support healthy joints and skin, may lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, support elasticity and firmness of skin, and help retain moisture.‡
2. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are essential to having a healthy skin barrier and many other vital jobs in your body. However, your body cannot make EFAs, so you must obtain them through food and supplements. ‡
There are two types or families of EFAs – omega-3 fats and omega-6 fats.
Omega-3 fats provide the starting point for making prostaglandins that support many functions in the body, including healthy blood flow and vascular function. ‡
Several studies have examined the effect of healthy fats in the diet, including flaxseed, and fish oil, and found several skin improvements, including improved hydration, skin texture, and improved measures of skin barrier function. Supplementation with fish oil or linoleic acid (found in many vegetable oils) may also support healthy skin. ‡
Good sources of EFAs include fish, seafood, nuts and seeds, plant oils, and an EFA supplement. Try adding flaxseed and chia seeds to your daily smoothie or choosing a fatty fish such as salmon or tuna for a mid-week meal or cooking with plant oils like soybean oil or canola oil. ‡
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C has many roles in your body from helping to support immune health through to helping maintain the strength of your skin. ‡
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to combat free radical damage. It is also a cofactor for the production of the particular amino acids needed for collagen synthesis. Furthermore, it may also support the expression of genes for collagen synthesis. 12‡
Vitamin C works with other essential nutrients to maintain the strength of your skin and other aspects of overall health. For example, one study found that people who took a supplemental drink containing vitamin C, several other antioxidants and a fish oil supplement saw improvements in the depth of facial wrinkles and an increase of new collagen fibers in the skin. Vitamin C is an essential cofactor in the biosynthesis of collagen, a process that declines as part of the normal aging process. ‡
Another study examined the impact of dietary nutrients on skin and found that women who ate more vitamin C-rich foods were less likely to have significant wrinkles or skin dryness – both contributing to the appearance of aging skin. ‡
Now, when you take your daily vitamin C chewable, remember the importance of this vitamin in skin health. Not only are you helping to support your immune system but you’re also giving your body an extra nutrient to support healthy skin. ‡
4. Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid (HA) helps your skin by supporting moisture retention and healthy collagen production. Taking HA orally can also help with the appearance of your skin. HA is a molecule that exists naturally in the skin.
HA is available in some foods, but supplemental HA can provide a more concentrated dose. It’s often used in combination with other supplements, so more research is needed on its individual effects. ‡
Supplemental HA may provide a range of benefits including:
- Supporting the appearance of youthful skin, joint lubrication, and comfort. ‡
- Helping promote skin and cartilage hydration. ‡
- May reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. ‡
One study found that oral HA combined with several other nutrients, including collagen, improved hydration in women more than the placebo group after 6 weeks. Similar studies found that oral HA improved the texture and moisture of the skin. ‡
Keeping your gut healthy is important for your overall health and the appearance of your skin. The health and diversity of the bacteria living in and on your body is called your microbiome.
The importance of microbiome and gut health is making headlines thanks to new research into the importance of healthy gut bacteria. In fact, there is now a well-known close relationship between the type of healthy bacteria in your gut and your skin health.
Specifically, the bacteria living in your intestines and the metabolites they produce may support the health of your skin due to an influence on your immune system.Some evidence shows that gastrointestinal concerns that can disrupt the microbiome can also lead to the development of skin conditions.
The presence or imbalance of certain types of bacteria on the skin is also associated with increases in skin imperfections. 16
As a result, keeping your gut healthy may support the healthy appearance of your skin. Including probiotic-rich foods such a yogurt, kefir, or sauerkraut and supplemental probiotics can help give your gut the extra support healthy inside and out.‡
6. Green Tea Extract
If you love a warm drink in the morning, you may want to sip green tea. Green tea is a natural and delicious way to support a healthy skin complexion. Green tea’s antioxidant activity may help reduce free radical damage and its may help with smoother skin texture.
Green tea contains phytochemicals that help protect your skin cells from oxidative with green tea extract has produced beneficial results for skin health, including increases in collagen, elasticity, and improved texture. ‡
Interestingly, research suggests green tea polyphenols may stimulate autophagy, the self-cleaning tool (usually associated with fasting) that the body uses to remove old and damaged cellular molecules. This may help support the removal of pro-oxidants that can contribute to an aged appearance of skin. ‡
Green tea is popular through-out the world for its health benefits and taste. Make it part of your daily routine with a steaming mug of green tea, cook with it (add the leaves to your favorite stir fry, substitute tea for broth, or even add it to cookies), and take a green tea supplement as part of your personal wellness approach.
Healthy Skin Starts from Within
Your skin health is linked to your overall health and wellness. There are no shortcuts or quick fixes to healthy skin. Just as it takes a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle habits to support your physical and mental health – the same holds true for your skin.‡
By understanding the role skin plays in keeping you healthy and strategies for supporting your skin health, you’re well on your way to giving your skin the support it needs.‡
Remember these tips and strategies from the National Institute of Health for keeping your skin healthy:
- Wash up. Bathe in warm – not hot – water; use mild cleansers that don’t irritate; and wash gently – don’t scrub.
- Block sun damage. Avoid intense sun exposure, use sunscreen, and wear protective clothing.
- Don’t use tanning beds or sunlamps. They emit the same harmful UV radiation as the sun.
- Avoid dry skin. Drink plenty of water, and use gentle moisturizers, lotions, or creams.
- Reduce stress. Stress can harm your skin and other body systems.
- Get enough sleep. Experts recommend about 9 hours a night for teens and 7-8 hours for adults.
- Speak up. Talk to your doctor if you notice any odd changes to your skin, like a rash or mole that changes size or color.
If you’re not feeling 100% or have noticed changes in your skin health, do not hesitate to contact your health practitioner. While aging skin is normal, don’t forget that your skin health reflects your overall health and wellness.
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