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Do I Need A Skin Supplement?

Do I Need A Skin Supplement?

At Nakin we have noticed the huge rise in beauty supplements now available to purchase. They are everywhere and this will make all of us wonder if we should be taking them. Here at Nakin we produce high performance natural anti-ageing face products and so we are interested in anything that can help to improve our skin naturally. Skincare feeds our skin on the outside, plus food and supplements can feed them internally.

Vitamin and mineral supplements have been available for decades with an aim to ensure that we get the right daily vitamins, minerals and micronutrients in our systems. We need the right nutrients to be able to function at the optimum level, both physically and mentally. But do we also need beauty supplements such as collagen and hyaluronic acid that are especially taken to improve our skin? At Nakin we dedicate our work to helping people to get beautiful skin naturally. This is why we produce our award-winning natural skincare range. So, anything that helps on this journey is of interest us and we have sought to answer the question, do I need a supplement for my skin?

We investigated this as discussed in our findings below. A word of warning though, some supplements can have side effects and are not suited to everyone. Always seek professional medical advice before taking any supplement. This feature will not look at suitability of supplement ingredients and is just focusing on how beauty supplements benefit skin. There are many plant ingredients that have proven biological advantages for skin when ingested. So, a skin supplement could support your natural beauty regime, as nutrients will reach the skin internally from the supplement, and externally from topical anti-ageing skincare. Read on to learn about our findings.

The main skin supplement ingredients that we found available to take include the below:

  • Collagen supplements have grown in popularity as a means to support skin health, improving its elasticity and reducing visible signs of ageing in skin. Beyond skin benefits, they are thought to have lots of other regeneration benefits. 
  • Biotin supplements are increasingly recognised for their significant role in skin health. Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7, supports the body's keratin infrastructure—a fundamental protein in the skin, hair, and nails. Regular intake of biotin supplements is said to lead to noticeable improvements in skin texture and firmness, contributing to a clearer, more youthful complexion. This is particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing dry or irritated skin, as biotin helps to reinforce the skin's barrier function, retaining moisture and protecting against environmental stressors.
  • Antioxidants such as resveratrol polyphenols with anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to fight UV radiation, one of the biggest factors in skin ageing.
  • Vitamins like Vitamin C that fight oxidative stress and help with collagen formation.
  • Ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help skin become more supple and plump.
  • Minerals like zinc and biotin to maintain and strengthen the skins structure.
  • Pre and probiotic supplements, which work to increase the good bacteria in the gut, as gut health is linked to skin health.
  • Fatty acids like omega oils to hydrate skin from the inside and improve elasticity.

Generally, vitamins and minerals have a recommended daily allowance (RDA), that has been scientifically calculated as the amount of each nutrient that we need to include in our diet each day. However, some of the other ingredients listed above do not have a RDA. Instead, they are known to enhance our skin, in the same way that natural skincare products such as Nakin’s will. Looking at the reviews and the various studies into beauty supplements, it seems that they do work. We saw many amazing before and after images, with big improvements to even deep wrinkles.

Lots of the companies that produce skincare supplements have carried out research to show that that they do work and have good beauty benefits. One company that carried out a clinical trial found that testers that took their supplement reported significant improvements in their skin condition, with improved skin hydration, radiance, firmness and overall appearance. Insider report that some research supports the idea that collagen supplements can be beneficial to one's skin and overall health, but that the research is very limited. The Insider also advise that when you consume collagen supplements, you can't actually target specific areas of your body and these products may not be absorbed by your body in a way that will make a visible or notable difference in your skin. Having said this though, they have become hugely popular in recent years and so this might be enough evidence as to their benefits.

We need to remember that a supplement specifically designed to improve the skin on the face and neck needs to go through a lot of processes in our body and systems when consumed. Nutrients will be used by our vital organs before making their way to skin. So, it is debatable how much of the nutrients reach skin. Whereas high quality anti-ageing skincare products are applied directly onto the face and neck, so get to work exactly on the intended area.

Lots of us wonder why we would need to take supplements in the first place, if we are eating a healthy diet full of protein, vitamins and minerals. The reason is that it is very hard to get all the nutrients that we need, as our farming methods have been manipulated and our soils have been so overused. So, the food that we eat does not contain the nutrients that it should do, if it were grown in wild conditions. The best option is to eat organic foods, but that comes at a price. The other issue that many of us face is time. Many of us are time poor with busy jobs and family commitments. So, it makes eating properly hard. So, supplements can fill this gap if they are derived from wholefoods. Beauty supplements also have ingredients that can be hard to obtain from foods, and in concentrations far higher than any food can offer. This is how the improvements to skin are achieved, but these high doses of ingredients can also have side effects. Any supplement that is going to be used needs lots of research to ensure that it is right for your unique circumstances. A professional medical opinion should always be sought.

A word of warning if you are going to take a skin supplement, always opt for a natural one from a reputable company and ensure the supplement is made from wholefoods. Take care to research the exact ingredients and quantities you are using. This is because some supplement ingredients are known to have side effects and should not be taken with certain health conditions. Also take care if you are already taking a supplement that you do not double up on nutrients, as you could end up doubling up on the same ingredient and taking too much, if they both for example contained vitamin C. Something else to remember is that collagen supplements are often not vegetarian, as this might be important to some.

Supplements can play a pivotal role in enhancing our skin's health, offering nutrients that might be scarce in our diet. For instance, omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil supplements, are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce redness and prevent acne breakouts. Similarly, antioxidants like vitamins C and E, as well as selenium, help protect the skin against damage from free radicals and UV exposure, promoting a radiant and youthful complexion. Collagen supplements, on the other hand, provide the necessary building blocks for skin elasticity and hydration, combating the signs of ageing. Thus, incorporating certain supplements into our daily regime can be a beneficial adjunct to a skincare routine focused on maintaining the skin’s health and vitality.

We hope that you found our feature helpful about the benefits of using a beauty supplement. The good news is that if you do not use a supplement to boost your skin then your face and neck, you will still get nourishment topically from the best skincare products. It is definitely a personal choice on whether to take additional supplements to boost your skin.

Nakin are dedicated to achieving beautiful skin at every age using the best natural ingredients. To find out more about Nakin and our award winning anti-ageing skincare then visit us at www.nakinskincare.com Nakin produce natural face products for all skin types, including sensitive skin. The full range can be found here and is designed to help skin to thrive and flourish by using the best plant active ingredients. Everything is cruelty free and made in the UK. If you would like to get in touch with Nakin then please email us at info@nakinskincare.com We would love to hear your thoughts and are also available to offer skincare and product advice.

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