When it comes to our beauty routines, more and more women want to take a holistic approach with the inclusion of beauty supplements (and mindfulness). In recent years, our need for supplements has grown as we become ever more aware of what we put into our bodies, not just what we slather on them. We know that looking and feeling young are about more than the latest pot of wonder cream. They're about eating right, stressing less, exercising more (but not too much!) and perhaps supplementing here and there.
According to Mintel, research reveals 65% of all adults took some form of vitamins or supplement either daily or occasionally between June 2015 and June 2016, which is up 63% compared to the 12 months prior. Mintel also found that British women are more likely to take supplements than British men, so it's little wonder there are so many supplements targeted at us women hitting the shelves. And it's not just health and wellness supplements that we're lining our kitchen cupboards with; we're starting to stock our bathroom cabinets with beauty-boosting add-ons that promise plump, glowing and more hydrated skin, as well as stronger hair and nails, from the inside out.
Trouble is skincare is often formulated so you see instant, short-term and long-term benefits, which keeps you coming back for more. With supplements, you have to trust they are working. To help you have trust in the powders and pills you buy, we've rounded up the 10 best beauty supplements that are raved about by beauty editors and shoppers alike. Keep shopping to find you perfect skin-boosting add-on.
Created by Elle Macpherson and her doctor Simone Laubscher, this combination of vitamins, Chinese herbs, enzymes and pre- and probiotics helps support a hardworking body to work optimally (that includes the all-important skin, hair and nail repair). It was the drink Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was sipping on at her most recent Elle magazine shoot, FYI.
Moon Juice dusts have made their way here from California. This low-GI dust is designed to help you sleep (something we all need help with from time to time). The ingredients—chamomile, polygala and schisandra—help soothe the mind by stimulating melatonin release, stabilise your sleep cycle and promote a healthy nocturnal rhythm.
This new brand is serious packaging goals, but how about the supplement housed inside? Worth the hype? The Neu Co. believes that great skin starts in the gut, so as well as glow-boosting organic lucuma, baobab, camu camu and brown rice protein, it contains prebiotic inulin, which feeds the friendly bacteria in the gut, aids digestion and stabilises blood sugar levels to ensure a healthy metabolism and happy skin.
Want stronger, healthier hair? Look no further than hair guru Philip Kingsley's supplements. The nutrients in these capsules are absorbed by the hair in the active anagen phase. Enriched with Soya Protein, a source of essential amino acids that produces keratin, the building blocks of hair, this formula gives your stronger, fuller and shinier-looking hair.
We all want glowing skin, so give it a helping hand with this liquid supplement. A concentrated form of the antioxidant glutathione is packed into this açai-flavoured liquid. It works to counteract oxidation in the cells caused by harmful free radicals, which leads to premature ageing. Two teaspoons a day will make a difference in as little as a week.
Rejuvenated's overnight supplement has everything you need to bolster your skin's repair while you sleep. Hyaluronic hydrates and plumps the skin cells, and a cocktail of minerals keeps cell metabolism firing. Vitamins A, B, C, D and E protect the skin from free radicals while a potent sea algae called astaxanthin protects from ageing environmental aggressors, and astragalus, an herb, lowers blood pressure and supports the immune system. Makeup artists and nutritionists swear by this.
A potent greens blend, this has skin as well as health benefits. Containing a trio of algaes—chlorella, spirulina and blue green—this blend is rich in phytonutrients, essential amino acids, peptides and proteins that protect the complexion from environmental onslaught. Hyaluronic acid, zinc and collagen work to boost moisture levels, and caffeine accelerates skin repair.
Shani Darden, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's facialist, rates this supplement, and let's face it: Whatever she's having, I want. The capsules contain antioxidant-rich lycopene, vitamins C and E, as well as biotin, marine collagen and omegas 3 and 6. Essentially all the key nutrients your skin needs to look its glowy best.
For starters, The Beauty Chef's pre- and probiotic supplements all taste great. They either come in powder or liquid form—this collagen-boosting option tastes super fruity. It works to increase the skin's elasticity for a glowing, plumper complexion and uses grape seed extract, zinc and vitamin C to boost our production of collagen to leave skin looking smoother. There's also a hefty dose of nutrient-rich maqui berry, açai, papaya, blueberry, goji berry and pomegranate that help strengthen your hair and nails.
Bodyism's supplement has a zesty flavour when mixed with water. Containing greens, antioxidants and marine collagen peptides, these reduce visible lines and repair skin damage. It also gives hair and nails a much-needed boost.