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A beginner’s guide to nutricosmetics

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Image: @hannaschonberg/Instagram

Nutricosmetics is all the rage right now but what exactly is this beauty and wellness trend?

The term is actually as simple as it sounds - nutrition combined with cosmetics, creating a whole new genre of beauty offerings on the market.

As consumers search for more natural ingredients to promote beauty from the inside and out (as opposed to just applying things topically), the ingestion of functional foods, dietary supplements, and active ingredients that nourish the skin, hair and nails, has become a staple component of our daily beauty routines.

The only difference is that instead of it being limited to once or twice-a-day applications, nutricosmetics pertain to a lifestyle change, and becoming more conscious of what we put into our bodies.

If you’re eager to bring out your inner glowing goddess, here are a few easy ways to add nutricosmetics into your beauty and wellness regimen.

Collagen

Collagen powders, tablets and gummies are some of the most popular supplements on the market right now. The protein, found in mammals, is particularly apparent in ligaments, bones, connective tissue, and tendons. As a beauty supplement, collagen is is touted to work wonders for the skin, improving elasticity, reducing wrinkles, increasing blood flow to the skin, and promoting a brighter, glowing complexion. Collagen can also be used to reduce joint aches and pains, promote a healthy gut and improve your quality of sleep.

Collagen supplements are a great way to correct a deficiency that usually happens as we age. Foods such as bone broth, vitamin C, egg whites and sesame seeds also promote collagen production in the body.

Hyaluronic acid

You may be familiar with hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in your skincare products, but did you know that’s also ingestible? Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occuring substance that’s produced by the body, found in the skin, eyes and connective tissue. It’s main function is to keep the skin well-lubricated and moist. Approximately half the hyaluronic acid found our bodies is present in the skin, where it binds to moisture to help it retain water. Hyaluronic acid reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin more supple, firm and youthful.

Probiotics

Gut health and skin health have a complex, interrelated relationship. To put it simply, our intestinal microbiome is a dynamic bacterial community that plays an important role in our skin. When our gut microbiome is out of balance, it can cause a range of negative skin conditions like rosacea, eczema and acne. On the other hand, a healthy microbiome results in better skin elasticity and moisture. Thus, taking probiotic supplements can help promote a healthy gut, along with healthy skin and a range of additional health and digestive benefits.

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