6 best supplements for healthy skin

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We’d all love to have glowing skin. After all, your skin is a big part of what makes you, you. Beauty boutiques are stocked with moisturizers, masks and other products promising to rejuvenate your skin. But these surface treatments don’t nourish what lies beneath. Skin-friendly foods and supplements are the best foundation to bring out your skin’s natural inner glow.   

  1. Borage with Saffron

Borage oil is one of the best sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a kind of fatty acid that helps bolster your skin’s barrier function. Imagine your outermost layer of skin as a wall with tough skin cells that are glued together by lipids (fats). This wall seals moisture in and keeps harmful elements like allergens and chemicals out.   

Fatty acids like GLA help maintain this barrier’s integrity by replenishing the lipids that hold it together.1 When your barrier function is working well, your skin is firm and hydrated. When it’s not, it becomes irritated and dry, which translates to flaky, wrinkled and prematurely aged skin. When you combine saffron’s antioxidant compounds with borage oil, it works even better, protecting against cellular damage to give you a brighter glow.  

  1. Skin Probiotic

Ever notice that when your digestion is off, your skin appears a little dull too? Your gut is communicating with you. Skin is a reflection of what’s happening inside your body. Stress, diet and lifestyle habits can alter gut microbiota and disrupt your skin’s appearance. Probiotics from fermented foods and in supplements encourage the good bacteria in your gut to thrive and absorb vital nutrients your skin needs. L. paracasei, for example, works to boost hydration.2 Other bacterial strains support other areas, so the greater the variety of healthy strains, the better.    

  1. Omega-3 with BioCurc

If you’ve been avoiding fish oils because of the taste or smell, you may want to reconsider. Fish oil contains omega-3s, essential fatty acids that offer powerful benefits for your skin. It supports your skin barrier, influences your skin’s hydration levels and helps protect you against sun damage. These properties make omega-3s one of the best nutrients you can get for preventing dry, dull skin and the appearance of early aging. When partnered with curcumin’s antioxidant properties, omega-3s work overtime to promote a healthy inflammatory response and a radiant complexion. 3  

Pro Tip: Store your fish oil in the fridge to help reduce the taste and smell.  

  1. Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin (asta-ZAN-thin): This hard-to-pronounce carotenoid—known for giving salmon and lobster their lovely shade of pink and red—is truly an all-star when it comes to skin protection. It’s considered 10x stronger than other carotenoids, delivering more antioxidant power than vitamins C and E to reduce cellular damage,4 helping to prevent wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.  

  1. Beauty Duo (Beauty wake + Beauty sleep)

Dewy, glistening skin is a thing of dreams, but the perfect blend of collagen and sodium hyaluronate just might make your dreams come true. Both ingredients are vital in skin care.  

Collagen, the most abundant protein in your body, plays a key role in maintaining your skin’s strength and elasticity.5 As you age, your collagen production slows down, causing skin to lose firmness and moisture.  

Sodium hyaluronate is a water-soluble salt derived from hyaluronic acid. It’s a humectant, meaning it acts like a sponge to regulate and pull moisture in from the atmosphere and inner layers of your skin to hydrate your outer layer.  

Persona’s beauty duo supplements combine these two essential nutrients to slow the breakdown of collagen, boost skin moisture and promote a radiant complexion.  

  1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a key ingredient in skin care products for good reason. Found at high levels in both the outer and inner layer of the skin, it’s one of the few vitamins that have antioxidant properties to help skin fight against damage caused by the sun and pollution. It also plays an essential role in supporting your body’s natural production of collagen for stronger, healthier skin.6     

Need help with supplements?   

When it comes to supplements for skin health, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. If you’re not sure where to start, take our free nutrition assessment, and learn exactly what you need to get back your healthy glow.  

 

About Gabby:   

Gabby is a nutritionist with a master’s degree in strategic communications. She loves using her nutrition-fluency with storytelling to encourage positive change. Before Persona, she worked at a mental health clinic helping clients manage stress, anxiety and other mental health issues through diet.    

Gabby is just one of Persona’s team of qualified nutritionists. Do you have questions about nutrition? Reach out. Our experts would love to help.  

This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. Do not use the information from this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this article.   
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