Eating Your “Skincare” Might Be The New Way To Get Healthier Skin And Hair
Whether your skincare routine is simple or a 10-step process, we traditionally go for an external approach when it comes to taking care of our skin. As diligent as we may be with our skincare and hair care routines, more often than not, there comes a time when we hit a plateau and the positive effects of our favourite beauty products are not as noticeable as before. As cheesy as it sounds, beauty does come from within and we tend to neglect other factors such as nutrition and sleep.
Enter the world of beauty supplements where you can, quite literally, eat your skincare and get that glow we all crave from the inside-out. These supplements are jam-packed with tailor-made combinations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your skin and hair love, such as vitamin C and biotin. It’s a holistic approach that makes all the difference and we are breaking down some of the best ones to help take your self care routine to the next level.
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PHS Healthy Hair Booster, $62 for 14 sachets
Great hair days begin with a healthy scalp. A lack of essential nutrients in our diets may lead to thinning or brittle hair, which cannot be salvaged with regular hair care products. PHS’ hair booster sachets are packed with antioxidants from chia seeds, fortifying biotin and anti-flammatory properties of cinnamon to boost scalp health. Tamarind extracts are also added to aid with the prevention of hair loss so your locks are strengthened from root to tip.
Orbis Defencera, $54 for 30 sachets
An oral supplement that took 10 years in the making, this Orbis supplement is Japan’s first ever government-approved edible skincare that boasts high performance ingredients that aid in moisture retention. One sachet is equivalent to applying lotion on your entire body for a full day. Featuring DF-ceramide extracted from brown rice, this yuzu-flavoured supplement plumps and protects the skin’s moisture barrier, resulting in a smoother, younger-looking visage.
OUAI Hair Thinning Supplement, US$28 for 30 capsules
It's safe to say that celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkins knows a thing or two about hair health. Apart from her line of hair care products, she also has daily supplements that formula contains all the usual stuff your hair loves, from shine enhancing omega 3 fatty acids to biotin and silica to prevent breakage. On top of that, OUAI’s supplements have ashwagandha that naturally reduces stress hormones in the body and MSM, a compound that helps with hair growth. Hence, hair doesn’t just look healthier and thicker, but also feels stronger too.
RE:EARTH PhytoBright, $105 for 90 capsules
Sun damage is one of the biggest causes of skin ageing and in tropical Singapore, sun exposure is pretty much unavoidable. Hence, sunblock is a must. But we are often guilty of not reapplying throughout the day. Japanese-made skincare brand, RE:EARTH has cracked the code to radiant complexion and sun protection with their patented skin supplement, focusing on inhibiting melanin production and brightening. It uses a high concentration of golden tomato powder that is incredibly rich in antioxidants, fighting UVA and UVB damage. Meanwhile, Japanese Spring Root extract tackles hyperpigmentation and L-cystine brightens the skin for a more even-toned and radiant complexion.
Blackmores Nails, Hair & Skin, $31 for 60 tablets
An oldie but a goodie, Blackmores Nails & Hair and Skin supplements has all the essential nutrients you’d need to sustain luscious locks and radiant skin. The formula features vitamin C that brightens the complexion and silica which aids in hair growth as well as horsetail extract that is both anti-inflammatory and fortifying for the scalp and skin. It’s the ideal all-rounder for anyone dipping their toes into edible skincare.
Text: Hanan Haddad