A holistic approach to natural beauty
By Josh Sim, Aesthetic and Better Ageing Specialist
Ingestible beauty refers to the practice of consuming supplements, foods or drinks to improve skin health and appearance from the inside out. These products typically contain nutrients and botanicals that are believed to support skin health and help combat skin issues like ageing, acne, and dryness with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and collagen being the most common.
The rising popularity of ingestible beauty is likely down to the growing interest in natural and holistic approaches to beauty and wellness, with many people seeing ingestible beauty as a way to support their overall health and well-being, not just their skin. There is a growing body of scientific research supporting the idea that certain nutrients and compounds can have a positive impact on skin health when ingested, like vitamins C or E which can help protect from oxidative stress like pollution.
In my option, ingestible beauty can go some way to improve skin hydration, reduce inflammation, and increase collagen production, especially when paired with a healthy balanced diet Many of the key ingredients found in ingestible beauty supplements, such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and collagen peptides, are known to have a positive effect on skin health when consumed regularly in the diet, meaning the more potent blends in these supplements could be an added boost.
However, it's important to remember that ingestible beauty should not be seen as a replacement for a good skincare routine or diet. While supplements can support skin health from the inside out, it's still essential to use topical skincare products and practise good skincare habits like cleansing and moisturising regularly, on top of a healthy balanced diet. I also recommend choosing high-quality supplements from reputable brands as some ingestible beauty products (namely food and drinks) do not pack the level of potency needed to have a real impact on your skin.