The Best Supplements for Healthy Skin

The Best Supplements for Healthy Skin

Often when we think of skin care, the first thing we tend to think about are topical lotions, potions and treatments that we apply to our face. While these activities will support your skin, there is no disputing the fact that healthy skin does indeed start from within.

“Healthy skin can’t be achieved from applying creams and moisturisers alone,” says Kim Wessels, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist, “your diet, drinking too much alcohol, eating too much processed foods and takeaways, being stressed out, not sleeping enough and even an unbalanced gut can wreak havoc and show up on your skin.

“So, you need to focus on healing the mind and body, not just applying a cream topically to the skin alone.”

While eating a balanced and nutritious diet is essential, sometimes a little help in the form a supplement can further help to support your skin.

Here are our top supplement picks to support healthy skin:

1. Collagen

We recommend: Lifestream Collagen Booster

Your skin is made up of over 40% ceramides which naturally decline with age like collagen and elastin. Collagen Booster is scientifically researched formula of pure plant ceramides + high strength hyaluronic acid (HLA) to support your skin appearance. Plant ceramides are highly absorbable and help to support your skin's lipid barrier to preserve moisture. High strength hyaluronic acid is added for its role in supporting, nourishing + hydrating your skin for a smooth and radiant appearance.

2. Astaxanthin

We recommend: Lifestream Astazan Antioxidant

Astaxanthin is known to support healthy skin aging, by protecting skin cells from the sun’s free radicals and UV-induced oxidative stress - from the inside out. This helps to curb sunburn and skin damage, thereby supporting healthy skin tone, elasticity and texture. However, as powerful as Astaxanthin is, it should not replace sunscreen. But adding Astaxanthin into your diet, along with daily sunscreen application, can keep your skin glowing from within.

3. Vitamin C

We recommend: Lifestream Vitamin C Pro Liposomal 

Vitamin C supports many of your body's metabolic processes including collagen production. Vitamin C is also known to support wound healing, scars and may lighten dark spots. Lifestream's Vitamin C Pro Liposomal contains scientifically researched PureWay-C™, plant based pro-liposomal Vitamin C in capsules, with superior absorption to support many of your body's metabolic processes including collagen production.

4. Probiotics

We recommend: Lifestream Probiotics 14 Strains 

Skin complaints (that are unrelated to a topical irritant) can suggest that you may benefit from probiotic support. “Heathy vibrant skin is connected to your gut. If you have an unhealthy gut microbiome balance this could produce inflammation that will show up on your skin” says Kim Wessels, Naturopath. Supporting your gut microbiome balance with a premium quality probiotic has been found to help skin complaints like eczema, skin rashes and fungal skin complaints.

5. Chlorella

We recommend: Lifestream Chlorella Certified Organic 

Chlorella - supports your body with healthy cleansing + detoxification of chemicals, pollutants, toxins + some heavy metals. Chlorella has also been known to help with acne. Lifestream’s Chlorella Certified Organic provides your body with high levels of chlorophyll + other plant sourced nutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support your skin health and overall wellbeing.

6. Omega-3

We recommend: Lifestream Vegan Omega-3

Vegan Omega-3 may help to moisturise the skin and help with different skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids can help by reducing redness, itching, inflammation, and scaling for those with psoriasis. Lifestream's Vegan Omega-3 gives you pure, high strength, algae sourced DHA + EPA with natural vitamin D3 from lichen.