What if you could get the
benefits of an intensive night cream just
by shotting a beauty tonic before bed?
Nope, we’re not kidding, and while it may
sound more sci-fi than real life, there’s
a burgeoning breed of nutricosmetics
(aka ingestible skincare) claiming to nix
everything from wrinkles to sun spots and
dehydration – and these beauty boosters
could be about to make your daily serum,
face cream and treatments so yesterday.
Just in case you haven’t been brought up to
speed by the skin-boosting green smoothies
on your fave celeb’s Insta feed, the skincare
world has moved way, way past topical cures.
These days, it’s all about beauty from the
inside out, and it makes serious sense. “Our
bodies are made up of cells, and for your
cells to be healthy, strong and resilient,
they require a whole range of amino acids,
essential fatty acids, minerals, enzymes and
vitamins,” explains Carla Oates, skincare
expert and founder of The Beauty Chef.
While a well-balanced diet would
normally be enough to ensure your bod is
getting the goods it needs, sometimes it’s
not, and your foundation-free glow can
sufer. “Your skin, hair and nails are the last
places to receive nutrients, so if you aren’t
getting enough, these areas literally starve,”
says Oates. The solution? Injecting your
bod with the skin-saving ingredients it’s
missing. We’re talking straight-up collagen
capsules, antioxidant elixirs, probiotic filled
powders and drinkable hyaluronic
acid – the essential building blocks in
the production and maintenance of
a dewy, blemish-free complexion.
Now, this might be the part where you start thinking
it’s too good to be true,
but keep an open mind. “Though there
needs to be more conclusive studies
conducted, there has been some promising
research on ingestible skincare, especially
with collagen, hyaluronic acid and digestible
sun protectors,” explains Emma Hobson,
education manager for the International
Dermal Institute and Dermalogica.
Since it is still a relatively new trend,
Hobson advises checking up on your brand
of choice to ensure their prods are backed
with research before parting with your coin.
Before you go ahead and bin the entire
contents of your bathroom cupboard, hold
up. You should probs hang onto your face
serum a little longer. “Topical skincare
is still very important,” Oates says, so to
score the best skin possible, stick your
finger in both metaphorical pies.
“Combination skin therapy can really
benefit the overall health of your skin,”
adds Hobson. “By working in tandem,
you can target not only the external
environmental challenges your skin
faces, but also the internal ones.”
Once you’ve picked your poison,
keep in mind that just like your topical
treatments, ingestible skincare doesn’t
work overnight. “Since everyone is slightly
diferent, especially when it comes to the
workings of their digestive system, it’s
likely there will always be varying results
from person to person,” Hobson advises
– so it’s best to sip and wait, friends!