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No evidence oral beauty supplements improve skin

Written by Diane Archer

A meta-study of research on oral beauty supplements by nutrition scientists at the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) shows no good evidence that oral beauty supplements improve the skin. As with vitamin and herbal supplements, people are wasting billions of dollars on oral beauty supplements that do not delay the skin aging process, reduce wrinkles or otherwise make them look more youthful.

Oral beauty supplements are taken as pills, powders or drinks rather than applied topically. The researchers looked to see whether oral beauty supplements could be a defense against external harms to the skin, such as the sun, smoking, alcohol or lack of sleep. They found that these supplements, sometimes called nutraceuticals, do not reduce wrinkles or maintain elasticity in your skin.

According to the researchers, the ingredients used in many oral beauty supplements cannot be shown to make your skin  ‘youthful’, ‘firm’ or ‘glow.” What we do know from other sources is that rather than offering benefits, several ingredients commonly found in oral supplements can be dangerous to your health and well-being. You need to watch out for 15 common ingredients in supplements that can cause serious harm.

What’s the best oral solution to keeping your skin looking youthful? A balanced and healthy diet. You want to be sure to eat essential vitamins, including foods rich in vitamins A, C, B2, B3 and B7, and minerals, including iodine and zinc, and skip the nutraceuticals.

To delay the skin aging process, you also want to stay out of the sun, use sunscreen when you are in the sun, not smoke, and minimize your alcohol intake.

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