Nutrition and exercise and key factors in achieving glowing, beautiful skin. But if you’re already ticking those boxes and are serious about your skincare needs, there are some great functional nutrients that can give your skin the boost it needs - and the good thing is, they all have the added benefit of helping inflammation and recovery from exercise.
What it is: a carotenoid antioxidant that’s reported to be stronger than Vitamin C, CoQ10, green tea and alpha lipoic acid. Research shows that it can reduce inflammation and its protective effects boost energy, endurance, skin health and reduce signs of ageing (yes please!). It can directly affect skin elasticity, tone, texture and coloration and helps protect skin during sun exposure.
What it is: an iron-binding glycoprotein found in milk that has powerful anti-inflammatory immune boosting, antibacterial and anti-fungal effects. Diet is key with acne, but adding a course of Lactoferrin will help reduce inflammation, sebum production, and help heal damaged red skin.
What it is: a lubricating substance that is produced naturally in the body. It’s found in greatest concentrations in the skin, joints and other tissues where it helps retain collagen, moisture and provides elasticity. HA works by helping the skin matrix hold onto moisture & collagen (and therefore volume & tone). It takes about 6 weeks of consistent use to see the change, but this one is a goodie, and has the added benefit of helping lubricate joints at the same time, so perfect for athletes. Hyaluronic acid also helps stimulate the production of collagen, which is our next saviour.
What it is: collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and is one of the critical building blocks of the skin. It helps maintain its elasticity, structure, integrity, and is also essential in skin cell turnover. Collagen production decreases naturally with age, and is also affected by inflammation and nutritional deficiencies. Bone broth and hydrolyzed collagen supplements are two easy ways of getting collagen