Taking the right supplements to support healthy skin is something we are all keen to do, but may not know which supplements to choose. I reached out to Daisy Connor who is a Nutritional Therapist and founder of City Survivor –simple supplements for busy people, and asked her which supplements are best for healthy skin.
To maintain beautiful, healthy skin, antioxidants are essential; protecting our cells from oxidative damage caused by pollution and UV. That’s why they’re so commonly used in skincare products – you’ll notice serums, oils and creams focused on Vitamin C, Vitamin E, CoQ10, and naturally antioxidant-rich oils.
It’s inevitable to gradually lose collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, a natural part of ageing. But without a doubt, factors in our modern environment – UV exposure, smoking, pollution, alcohol and processed food – accelerate the process.
The positive way of looking at this is that we can increase our protective antioxidants, through both nutrition and skincare, to protect skin and other hardworking cells throughout the body! It’s not all about how we look, but feeling great too, right?
Certainly, skincare isn’t only about topical treatments. Any time you don’t sleep well, and especially if you overindulge at a party, perhaps have a few days of eating convenience food, there’s a visible effect. Redness, puffiness, dry skin – sound familiar?
Did you know that we can even improve our skin’s defense against UV damage with nutrition? Carotenoids, for example, found in fresh yellow, orange & red vegetables are one example of antioxidants that have this impact. As a very pale skinned person though, I can attest that sunscreen is still needed, however many vegetables I eat!
More nutrients for amazing skin:
- Natural Vitamin E (chemically synthetic structure Vit E is not as effective, in terms of supplements)
- Co-enzyme Q10
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine (this is a supplement that helps our body produce glutathione, a major antioxidant)
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Plus, lots of daily essential vitamins & minerals have antioxidant functions – including Copper, Manganese, Vitamin B2, Selenium, Vitamin C and Zinc.
So you can see why a really good multivitamin blend like my Pollution Protection formula can act as a beauty/skin, hair & nails supplement. Alongside a fresh, wholefood based diet of course.
Collagen can also help, supplementally. It’s important for skin’s strength and elasticity, and often we don’t get lots from food since few of us make traditional bone broths. It’s easy to add it to any drink in the form of hydrolysed collagen, but be aware this isn’t vegetarian (for quality, I recommend Planet Paleo or Bare Biology. Bovine or fish sources are available).
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Guest post written by Daisy Connor, Nutritional Therapist and founder of City Survivor – simple supplements for busy people.
Daisy has been a Nutritional Therapist for over 10 years. As an expert in supplement ingredients and natural remedies, Daisy formulated City Survivor to offer targeted nutrition support for modern life’s challenges. Better for you thanks to the quality ingredients, and better for the environment with recycled and endlessly recyclable metal packaging.
You can find more simple nutrition advice for modern life by Daisy at www.citysurvivor.co.uk
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