When it comes to feeding our skin, hair and nails, it’s far more complex than simply the products we choose to use topically. While beauty supplements have certainly grown in popularity, not all hair, skin and nail supplements are created equal.
For radiant, glowing skin and strong, lustrous hair, it’s essential to take care of your gut health first and look closely at the nutrients we’re consuming. Research continues to reveal the intimate link between our gut health and our skin, and at a core level, what we see in the mirror is a direct reflection of the state of our gut.
It makes sense then, that one of the key ways to support our skin, hair and nail health is to nourish ourselves from within.
Zinc: If you’re prone to inflammation or breakouts, loading up on zinc is essential as it can really assist with wound-healing. It’s also a nutrient that’s linked to strong, healthy hair and nails – as well as a healthy immune system – so a daily beauty supplement containing zinc, such as GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, can be of huge benefit.
Vitamin C: Adding vitamin C-rich foods and supplements to your diet is a simple way to boost the health of your skin, hair and nails. This essential nutrient helps to protect the body from oxidative damage and assists in the production of collagen, the protein responsible for maintaining our skin’s strength and elasticity. Whole fruits and veggies such as citrus, tomatoes, kiwifruit and papaya are rich sources, as is maqui berry (found in GLOW) which has the highest level of skin-protective antioxidants of all fruits.
Omega-3s: This essential fatty acid is found in abundance in chia seeds and oily fish such as salmon, and is an anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing powerhouse. Healthy fats are also vital for ensuring we stay hydrated, so if shiny, lustrous locks and dewy skin are what you’re after, supplement with essential fatty acids.
Prebiotics and probiotics: For our skin, hair and nails to be strong and healthy, we need the microflora in our gut to be in balance and both pre and probiotics play an integral part in this process. They literally nourish our gut with the goodness it needs to function optimally. But rather than opting for a stock-standard probiotic (which may only contain a few strains of good bacteria), beauty supplements such as GLOW Inner Beauty Powder contain a broad spectrum of probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, which have both been proven to boost gut health, combat inflammation in the skin and help protect against the effects of sun-damaged skin.
Finally, remember that it’s not only the nutrients and supplements we choose to consume that can have an effect on our gut health and that of our skin, hair and nails, but also what we choose to eliminate. Reduce your consumption of sugar, gluten, alcohol, dairy, refined carbohydrates and processed foods, which can often be foods that compromise gut health.
How do you nourish your skin from within?