Transform Your Aging SKIN From The Inside Out!
From Daily Mail:
The anti-wrinkle pill: Forget Botox and face creams – more women than ever are turning to supplements to defy the ageing process
Pill boost: Dietary supplements that claims to boost skin health are growing in popularity.
The idea of eating ourselves beautiful is not new. But could the key to keeping wrinkles at bay be found in a tablet rather than a face cream?
In the past year, nutraceuticals – dietary supplements, once a niche area of the beauty business – have taken off.
Today, alongside anti-ageing lotions and serums are glossy bottles of capsules and pills.
Rather than being sold in health-food stores in practical pots fit only to be hidden behind the kettle in the kitchen, the new offerings are designed to look beautiful in your bathroom and are sold in the smartest places – Liberty stocks Dr Perricone supplements, while Selfridges sells the Inner Me brand.
And many skincare firms such as Caudalie, Healthspan Nurture and Yllume now offer supplements alongside their face creams, for a full-scale assault on ageing skin.
So, is this the logical extension of a beauty regime – supporting your skin from the inside as well as from the outside?
A COCKTAIL OF BOOSTERS
Some brands advocate the power of the naturally occurring protein collagen to help the skin produce more of its own to support the structure and firmness.
Anything that helps maintain collagen levels in the skin will keep it looking younger as natural levels of collagen start to fall in your mid-30s and by the age of 55 may have fallen by 40 per cent. Less collagen means skin that sags and wrinkles.
Other supplements focus on high-strength antioxidants such as astaxanthin (which is found in minute crustaceans), lycopene (found in tomatoes) or resveratrol (which is extracted from grapes).
Antioxidants help counteract the effects of free radicals, unstable molecules in our body’s cells which help speed up the ageing process, and astaxanthin and lycopene have been shown to help protect skin from ultraviolet light. Resveratrol is a particularly potent antioxidant, hailed as a wonder-worker in slowing the effects of ageing.
Other supplements contain ceramides (which help the skin retain moisture) and hyaluronic acid, claiming they may help soften wrinkles and smooth the complexion.
Inside mosturise: A increasing number of women are using pills and capsules alongside their normal face creams to keep wear and tear at bay
WHERE’S THE PROOF?
The only sensible advice is to spend your money on brands that offer proven results for their products – though even with products that offer ‘proof’ in the form of clinical trials, you need a bit of help to read between the lines.
The makers of PureLogicol collagen supplements (£29.99, pure logicol.co.uk) says a placebo-controlled clinical trial on 100 women showed a 43 per cent reduction in wrinkle width after six weeks, along with an increase in skin hydration.
Need of help: The skin’s natural levels of collagen start to fall in your mid-30s.
Its clinical trials show a ‘highly significant’ reduction in fine lines after 12 weeks – a 5.8 per cent reduction, to be precise.
That’s clinically significant, but would you notice the difference on your face?
BEAT WRINKLES FROM INSIDE
All of these sound extremely promising, but cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting, who has seen all the clinical studies, is less impressed.
The DoveSpa supplements are called Strength Within (£37.50, dovespa.co.uk), and there has been a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial on almost 500 women to back up their claim to reduce wrinkle-depth by up to 30 per cent – research that was considered rigorous enough to merit a story in New Scientist magazine, which normally remains aloof from cosmetic concerns.
‘I see skin pills as a potentially useful adjunct to a proper skincare routine, based on thoroughly researched active ingredients,’ says Dr Bunting.
‘They may well be very useful at helping prevent lines and wrinkles.