Ingestible beauty products for better hair, skin and nails
If your nails feel brittle and weak no matter how much hand cream you apply, split ends and breakages give you more bad hair days than good, and your skin lacks that plump, hydrated feeling you fondly recall from your early twenties, it’s time to think about beautifying from the inside out by adding ingestible beauty products – AKA supplements – to your beauty regimen.
The trend towards ingestible beauty products is undoubtedly here to stay, offering consumers everything from powdered potions, probiotic-packed liquid boosters and capsules to fulfil all your nutrient needs. That’s right, rather than slathering ourselves with creams, serums and lotions, we’re upping the ante by fighting wrinkles, brittle nails and dry hair internally through the use of supplements. These provide the perfect mix of vitamins and minerals designed to boost our body’s natural ability to function at its best, and in turn, keep us looking glowy and gorgeous on the outside.
Here are a few of our favourite skin, hair and nail-loving ingredients found in nature and commonly used in ingestible beauty products
Foods such as kiwifruit, oranges, strawberries, lemon and pineapple are packed with vitamin C, helping to provide the body with support in the fight against free-radical damage.
Playing a key role in the production of collagen in your body, which is essential for the maintenance of your hair, skin and nails, you’ll find silica in bananas, oats, whole grain bread, spinach and mangoes.
Found in eggs, nuts, whole grains and milk, biotin – also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H – helps to strengthen soft, brittle nails and reduce breaking and splitting. Biotin is also used by the body as a key component in the formation of keratin, which is essential for maintaining the structure and integrity of your hair.
For assistance with minor wound healing and skin health, zinc is essential. You’ll find a good dose of the good stuff in beef, oysters, spinach, avocado and pomegranate.
Get sorted with supplements
It can be hard to cram all these goodies into your diet each day, which is where supplements come to the rescue. The Ultiboost Beauty range from Swisse is formulated based on scientific evidence to support collagen production to maintain glossy hair, radiant skin and healthy nails*.
Swisse Ultiboost Hair Nutrition for Women, $34.95, contains biotin to support hair thickness, vitality and strength, and iron which is necessary for the maintenance of healthy, strong hair. The addition of keratin is also responsible for maintaining hair’s structural integrity, resulting in healthy, luxuriant locks.
Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails+, $27.95, is formulated with silica and vitamin C which play an integral role in the formulation of collagen – a major structural protein important for healthy and strong connective tissue. Biotin helps to strengthen soft, brittle nails and reduce breaking and splitting.
And for anyone suffering from an impaired skin barrier, dehydration or a dull complexion, the combination of vitamin C, A and collagen in Swisse Ultiboost Radiant Skin, $34.95, will help boost your antioxidant activity and get you glowing.
* Always read the label. Use only as directed. Supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet.
This story was created in partnership with Swisse.
Are there any supplements you recommend for lush hair, glowing skin or super-strong nails? Let us know in the comments below!