Like many of your other New Year’s resolutions, they all start off with good intentions but keeping them up is where it gets tricky. You’ve probably vowed to be strict with taking your supplements before, but before you know it you’re only taking them when you remember. Fear not… here’s a practical guide on why and how you should make 2020 the year of nourishing your skin from within…
Why Is Supplementation So Important?
It’s nothing new that achieving healthy, glowing skin and good hair comes from more than just the products we use – it’s also just as much about eating a balanced and nutritious diet and drinking plenty of water. This is because our skin needs supporting with plenty of vitamins and nutrients. According to Dr David Jack, “supplements are as essential to any good skincare regime as topical skincare products. This is because topical products target the upper layers of the dermis, but the deeper layers of the skin only receive nutrition through the bloody supply.” While many of us are getting these through the foods we eat, sometimes we need that bit of extra help.
How To Pick The Right Supplements
First things first, it’s important to identify what you are looking to achieve from supplementation. Are you suffering with breakouts or ageing skin? Is your hair thinning? Are you looking to address digestion issues? Next, brand founder Dr Barbara Sturm suggests looking for ingredients which have a direct correlation with these issues “If you lack vitamin A for example, your skin cell regeneration will be poor and your skin can become dry and flaky,” she explains. Vitamin C and E are also great for supporting overall skin health – particularly when it comes to repairing and protecting. Do remember that ingredients you regularly apply topically won’t bring the same benefits as they do orally however as your digestive system metabolises them differently.
When Is The Best Time To Take Supplements?
“Timing of supplementation depends on your habits,” says Dr David Jack. “As long as you are taking your supplements on a daily basis over a long period of time, then the exact time of day won’t matter.” We suggest keeping your supplements somewhere handy like the bathroom and take one first thing when you brush your teeth or perhaps in the kitchen and popping yours with breakfast. Dr David Jack uses his SkinShake in a smoothie every morning. Your makeup bag is another good choice if you travel a lot. If you really struggle to remember, try setting an alarm on your phone for around breakfast or dinner time. One last tip? Decant a few in to your handbag so you always have some with you and try considering you supplement as another step in your skincare regime – cleanse, tone, moisturise… supplement.
How Long Until You Can Expect Results?
Like with most, good things take time. “The most important thing to remember is to give them time to work,” explains Dr Sturm. Different supplements will take different times to take effect and this can depend entirely on the who’s taking them and the ingredients in the supplement. It is best to think of supplementation as a long-term investment instead of a quick fix to really reap the benefits. “I have some patients in their seventies who have been taking supplements for over 20 years and the benefits (compared to peers (and even siblings) of the same age)) are incredible. They have reduced pigmentation and lines and generally their complexions look much healthier,” says Dr David Jack. That being said, many report positive changes after just 6 weeks.
Supplements For Skin
Dr Barbara Sturm’s Skin Food is packed with antioxidants like purslane, Japanese knotweed root extract, and kudzu root to combat inflammation and signs of ageing by rehydrating, strengthening and repairs the skin from within. These mighty capsules also help the body build up its hyaluronic reservoirs to help keep skin plump. Oskia’s MSM Bio-Plus is another favourite thanks to its naturally-occurring organic sulphur compound which supports collagen and elastic – two vital proteins for a healthy-looking complexion.
Supplements For Hair
Changes in hair texture and thinning can often be a result of a deficiency which is why supplementation for the hair is often so beneficial. Look for supplements rich in hair nourishing nutrients such as biotin, amino acids and other essential fatty acids to promote the production of keratin and strengthen strands from the follicle.