Some months ago, pre-pandemic, I went in for my yearly dermatology check-up. It’s the one medical annual I actually anticipate—an opportunity to quiz the hell out of my no-nonsense dermatologist. As I attempted to engage him in yet another game of skin Jeopardy, he turned to me, irritated, and said point-blank: “Look, nothing you will ever put on your face topically will match up to what you do internally. Drink water, sleep, and get good nutrition. Take good supplements that work while you eat well, too—that actually really helps.”
His words have been on my mind for months now. But to be frank like my trusty doctor, slow-cooking vegetables and juicing several times a day takes time. Supplements don’t—and the majority of the ones below contain some of the most crucial elements to long-term skin health, like zinc and vitamins A and C. Below, you’ll find nine of the most effective and cutting-edge ingestible beauty products that will complement, not over-complicate, a beauty routine. (Keep in mind: When it comes to ingesting inside-out beautifying products, bioavailability—or the proportion of nutrients entering the bloodstream—is quickest when in liquid form, followed by gummies, cellulose capsules, and hard pills.)
This supplement is for those of us who lack the time or patience to prepare juices and veggies on a daily basis. Unofficially known as the “facial in a glass,” wellness expert and cancer survivor Dawn Russell developed 8Greens Skin as a simple method to consume high-grade beauty nutrients in a convenient, time-saving manner. These effervescent tablets, which dissolve in water and are surprisingly palatable, deliver a ridiculous amount of the holy grail of skin nutrients: biotin, zinc, and vitamins A and C. One tablet contains as much vitamin A as four cups of broccoli and as much biotin as 187 pounds of salmon. Russell hasn’t overlooked the importance of collagen, either; 8Greens Skin contains marine collagen that’s been treated enzymatically, stimulating a higher absorption rate.
In the simplest of terms, the Nue Co.’s Skin Filter acts like a capsulized retinol. It’s a specialized supplement aimed at tackling sun damage, skin pigmentation, breakouts, and redness by boosting the skin internally. Potent doses of vitamin C, melon extract, and zinc address skin dullness, collagen degradation, and particularly microcirculation dysfunction (which causes redness and irritation). It also provides 50 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin A through beta-carotene, which stimulates the fibroblasts to support cell regeneration. Results are usually seen in 60 days.
DL.MD 13.5.1 Liquid Supplement
Liquid supplements generally have a higher rate of absorption (up to 90 percent), bypassing the digestive system and going straight to the bloodstream. This daily multivitamin is a liquid supplement, and unlike many tablets, it doesn’t contain fillers, bonding agents, or stabilizers. DL.MD and Shiffa Beauty founder Dr. Lamees Hamdan created the bottled dose of nutrients with all of the essential skin and hair vitamins—A, B, C, D, and E—as well as immunity boosters like folic acid, iodine, and citrus. The Miron violet glass bottle protects the stabilization process, so there’s no need for preservatives.
Skin Food and Repair Food
Skin Food and Repair Food are part of A-list skin expert Dr. Barbara Sturm’s line of niche skin supplements to repair and protect skin in the long term. These two supplements work jointly as skin anti-inflammatories, repairing cell damage and providing nutrients like zinc, which is one of the most effective hydrators for maintaining skin’s overall glow and elasticity. Skin Food’s star ingredient is purslane. Not just a rich vegetable source for omega-3 fatty acids, purslane activates the “fountain of youth” enzyme, telomerase. The Repair Food supplement uses pomegranate skin extract to repair cell damage overall for healthy skin, muscles, and organs. Results are usually seen within three weeks.
Basis by Elysium Health
This is the supplement sitting on the nightstands of every cerebral beauty junkie this year. Developed by an M.I.T. brainiac, Basis by Elysium Health supplements use two unique and naturally occurring ingredients. Nicotinamide riboside (a unique form of vitamin B3) and pterostilbene (a potent antioxidant found in grapes and berries) work together to activate your sirtuins, aka your longevity genes. They’re integral to your skin’s response to UV exposure and damage, and left unchecked, can lead to photoaging, inflammation, and loss of skin elasticity. Basis protects your skin far more than a topical moisturizer as it works from within your body. Another plus: In one human clinical study, oral vitamin B3 taken daily was shown to be effective in reducing the rate of new skin cancers.
Lumity Morning and Night Supplements
A two-step anti-aging soft gel for morning and evening, Lumity’s dual supplements focus primarily on firmer skin and oxidative stress prevention with vitamin A, iodine, and zinc. Healthy collagen formation is supported through vitamin C and a “prized Persian beauty secret,” turmeric root. Flaxseed is another key ingredient, delivering a high dose of omega-3s that pairs with powerful amino acids help keep skin elastic, radiant, and supple. The two-step time release ensures the right nutrients are delivered at the right time of the day, supporting the function of the circadian rhythm and comprehensively promoting better sleep, more energy, healthy skin and immune system, and strong hair and nails.
Flow Collagen Infused Water
This sugar-free ingestible collagen drink is an easy and super uncomplicated way to get collagen and see results in about a month. Each serving contains 10 grams of bovine collagen, which takes about 30 days to really notice a difference on skin, hair and nails. Flow offers three flavors: cucumber, watermelon, and grapefruit.