Most powerful skin ingredients: Ingestible
Topical treatments for skin have many benefits and can definitely help solve different problem areas on the skin, however, when you use these ingredients orally, you’re taking advantage of every benefit the ingredient has to offer.
Hyaluronic Acid is an extremely popular skincare product, typically found in cleansers, serums, and creams. It’s great for moisture retention, regenerating skin tissue and it also supports collagen formation. It’s a great supplement for hydrating the skin. When taken orally, hyaluronic acid has a range of benefits. Hyaluronic Acid helps with wound healing and plays a crucial role in cushioning our joints, it can even be injected to relieve joint pain! We have a blog dedicated to this superstar of an ingredient, learn more about its benefits here! If you’re concerned about your dietary intake being inadequate, there are plenty of foods that are rich in hyaluronic acid, find the right foods for you here.
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, so ingestible supplements are on the market to treat Vitamin A deficiencies, but they also work wonders for your skin. Retinol reduces hyperpigmentation, meaning it helps to correct skin discolouration. It is also regenerative, meaning it has anti-aging affects. Retinol supports collagen formation and pairing it with hyaluronic acid is a great way to support the body’s collagen levels if you’re allergic to fish, can’t eat meat or are vegetarian! Retinol also plays a role in the quality of your night vision! If you’re deficient in this vitamin A derivative, then it can negatively impact your eyesight. It’s an essential nutrient for humans.
Foods with retinol
- Egg yolk
- Butter & margarine
Vegan friendly foods with retinol
- Sweet potato
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, and it plays a crucial role in cell health and energy metabolism. It has anti-inflammatory properties which helps to reduce puffiness/redness of the skin. It also helps to treat discolouration of the skin, brightening your complexion.
Foods with Niacinamide
- Grass-fed beef
Vegan friendly foods with niacinamide
- Green peas
- Brown rice
Collagen is a substance our body produces naturally, but as we age the production slows down. Collagen is the building block for hair, skin, and nails, it is also responsible for bone density and contributes to muscle strength. Collagen works best when taken orally, it will benefit your entire body.
Foods with collagen
- Bone broth
- Fish skin
Vegan friendly foods to boost collagen production
Collagen is an animal by-product. Unfortunately, there is no vegetarian or vegan option. It’s commonly derived from fish, what we know as marine collagen, or it is derived from the cow, which we call bovine collagen. If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or are allergic to marine or bovine collagen, then you can eat foods rich in vitamin C to help support collagen formation. Some foods rich in vitamin C are:
Ingestible supplement vs. topical treatment
If your problem area is your complexion, then topical treatments will suit you, but combining ingestible and topical treatments will maximise results. For example, ingestible hyaluronic acid like our gummies will benefit your whole body, and they make the most of this powerful ingredient. Using it topically will only benefit the place you put it! You can find our hyaluronic acid gummies here. If you’re interested in learning the benefits of these ingredients when used topically, you can read about it here.