You’re likely already using topical treatments as a way to care for your skin and hair, but beauty supplements go a step further: by offering a dose of essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants, they can help to do things like boost collagen production and increase hair growth (talk about inner beauty!)
“Aptly known as nutricosmectics, beauty supplements have made their way into the hands of those looking to add a natural, more holistic approach to their beauty regimen,” explains Sara Rodich, Vitamin and Supplement Product Innovator at Thrive Market. “Access to beauty supplements has grown in the form of things like gummies, softgels, and capsules, as well as products like herbals, antioxidants, and collagens.”
Read on for more insight into the most beneficial ingredients in edible beauty, as well as some of our favorite supplements to give you that glow from within.
What it is: One of the most well-known edible beauty ingredients, collagen is a protein found in the connective tissue, skin, and bones
What it does: Collagen may help to boost skin elasticity, add hydration, and keep your skin looking plump as you age
What it is: Hyaluronic acid is a liquid substance in your eyes, skin, and joints that keeps the body hydrated and helps to prevent injury
What it does: Hyaluronic acid supplements help to add moisture and combat dry skin from the inside out
What they are: A group of natural or artificial substances (like peptides and polyphenols) that help to prevent or fight free radicals
What they do: Antioxidants help to combat free radicals like UV rays that exacerbate signs of aging
What it is: A B vitamin found in certain foods like eggs, meat, and nuts
What it does: A biotin deficiency may lead to thinning hair, which is why some people choose to boost their intake with biotin supplements.
Beauty supplements in the form of teas, powders, capsules, and gummies deliver beautifying ingredients in convenient and tasty forms. Here are a few of our favorites.
f.a.e. By Thrive Market Spiced Chai Beauty Latte Collagen Supplement
Formulated with sustainably caught marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, and spicy chai tea, this warm beverage mix boosts the health of skin, hair, and nails with every sip.
Golde Coconut Collagen Boost
While most collagen supplements are derived from animal sources, this 100% plant-based alternative helps to support your body’s own collagen production. Add a heaping spoonful of the coconut and vanilla-flavored powder into your smoothie or morning coffee.
Winged Glow Up Skin & Stress Drink Mix
This highly soluble drink mix works double duty to keep you looking and feeling your best. Grass-fed collagen, vitamin C, snow mushroom, and biotin come together to support glowing-from-within skin, while CBD offers a calming effect that reduces signs of stress in the body.
Banyan Botanicals Healthy Hair Ayurvedic Supplements
Whether you’re experiencing hair loss or just looking to add some extra shine and thickness to your hair, these daily supplements offer ayurvedic herbs like hibiscus flower, amla and bhringraj to support healthy locks.
SkinTe Collagen Sparkling Tea
Create your own combo of these skin-hydrating, elastin-boosting sparkling teas. The collagen-infused cans were developed by an herbalist and make getting your collagen especially refreshing.
Moon Juice SuperHair
Bioavailable ingredients like biotin, kelp, saw palmetto, and horsetail work with adaptogens like ashwagandha and ginseng to offer a hefty dose of nutrition to help combat hair loss and encourage thicker, stronger hair.
Neocell Collagen Beauty Soft Chews
If you’re not the type to take supplements in capsule form, these fruity chews are an easy-to-swallow alternative. They’re infused with 2,000 milligrams of two different types of collagen, as well as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid for smooth, hydrated, and healthy skin.
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