You can buy every potion and lotion on the market, but to achieve great skin, you should start from within. While a well-rounded diet and adequate sleep are essential, sometimes we need an extra boost to give our complexions some TLC. Without further ado, here are 7 hard-working supplements that’ll get you ready for your closeup.
— Michele Ross
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1. Blue-Green Algae: Breakouts
Blue-green algae binds to heavy metals in your body and expels these toxins before they manifest in the form of breakouts. HUM Nutrition’s Daily Cleanse packs chlorella, spirulina, and a host of other nutrient-dense detoxifiers to promote a clear complexion.
2. Spearmint: Hormonal Acne
Hormonal acne is a different beast from other kinds of breakouts. While more conclusive research is needed, spearmint (in capsule or tea form) can potentially lower androgen levels and reduce oil production. I reach for Swanson’s spearmint capsules to keep my chin clear as day.
3. Collagen: Aging, Firmness, Elasticity
Collagen is by far one of the buzziest beauty ingredients on the market today. Stop fine lines and wrinkles in their tracks by reaching for a collagen supplement, such as Youtheory’s Collagen Advanced with Vitamin C. Studies suggest that you should ingest at least 2,000 mg of collagen per day to reap prime anti-aging benefits; this top-rated formula has three times that.
4. Olive Leaf Extract: Hyperpigmentation, Dullness
Dr. Barbara Sturm is one of the world’s foremost medical experts on skin health and rejuvenation. Her Brightening Food capsules promote brightness and radiance with olive leaf extract, making dark spots and other complexion woes worries of the past.
5. Hyaluronic Acid: Dryness
Hyaluronic acid’s primary job is to hydrate, and it’s incredibly good at it. While it’s a huge hit in serums and moisturizers, did you know that you can also ingest it? Reach for Moon Juice’s Cosmic Gold Turmeric Latte to sip your way to moisturized skin from within and receive stress-busting, collagen-building benefits to boot.
6. Omega Fatty Acids: Redness, Uneven Tone
Omega essential fatty acids are anti-inflammatory powerhouses. Briogeo’s cruelty-free B. Well vegan omega 3, 6, 9 + biotin supplements ensure you get the full spectrum of beneficial omega fatty acids to combat facial redness and support an even skin tone. An added bonus: Biotin supports stellar hair and nail growth.
7. Milk Thistle: Dark Circles
While dark under-eye circles have a substantial hereditary component, you don’t have to throw in the towel and curse your genetics in defeat. Instead, reach for a milk thistle supplement such as HUM Nutrition’s Wing Man to brighten your orbs. FYI: Its liver-detoxing mechanism also makes it perfect to combat hangovers.