4. Antioxidants – Having an army of antioxidants is super important for improving skin health as they help protect the skin’s surface from oxidative damage caused by free radicals and environmental aggressors like UV and pollution. Antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, are often found in skincare because of their powerful anti-ageing and protection benefits. The most common sources of Vitamin E are in our food such as vegetable oils, nuts and leafy greens – so make sure you eat your greens!
5. Probiotics – Think of probiotics as your skin cleanser. Your gut and skin work hand in hand with each other, helping to detoxify and cleanse your skin. When your gut is imbalanced, this shows in your skin. Adding probiotics to your routine will not only help any other supplements you’re taking work more effectively, but it will also improve your gut flora and improve your skin. Happy gut, happy skin!
6. Hyaluronic Acid – Weighing up to 1000 times its own weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is incredible for plumping and hydrating the skin. As you age, your skin creates less Hyaluronic Acid, which can leave your skin looking more dry, sallow, dull, saggy and lack. It also increases skin elasticity, accelerates wound healing, reduces fine lines/wrinkles, moisturises, and ensures that water doesn’t escape from the surface of the skin – A must-have for our skin care routines!
7. Peptides – Peptides are amino acids that make up certain proteins needed by the skin. More specifically, collagen is made up by peptides, so adding peptides can stimulate your skin to make collagen – leading to firmer, younger-looking skin. They also strengthen your skin barrier, reduce fine lines/wrinkles, improve elasticity, and ease inflammation. These can also be taken via supplementation to turbo-charge your skin. Another go-to ingredient for anti-ageing!
8. Minerals – Minerals are part of every living cell of the body and they work together to build and regulate a multitude of bodily functions- they are basically the spark plugs that keep our engines running! Minerals such as Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and Silica all provide different benefits for the skin; from controlling oil and stimulating collagen and elastin to strengthening your connective tissues, bones, teeth and hair. These minerals are usually found in your diet, but if you know you lack a certain mineral its always recommended to make up the remainder through supplementation.
Blog written by HI Therapies Assistant Manager, Charlee. Want to know more? Book in for a consultation with Charlee for an in-depth discussion about your skin here.