“Supplements are meant to do exactly what they say; they work to supplement your diet. Regardless of how healthy you eat, it is difficult for most people to get the amount of nutrients needed to look and feel their best,” says world-renowned skincare expert, Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD. He adds, “topical skincare products are essential for the 20% of your skin on the surface, the other 80% of your skin can benefit greatly by what you eat and drink, including your dietary supplements.”
If you could have healthier skin, look more beautiful, feel more energized and even drop a few pounds simply by sipping a drink or swallowing a pill, why wouldn’t you? The latest nutraceuticals vow to do just that.
Hum Nutrition is a customized vitamin service. You begin by taking a 3 minute lifestyle quiz that takes into account everything from your current diet and exercise regimen to the air quality in your zip code and even your social habits. It gets evaluated by a registered dietician and your dietary needs are pinpointed and vitamins recommended. I like Hum’s Runway Ready ($35 for a 30-day supply), a skin, hair, and nail support formula that helps achieve glowing skin, shiny hair, and strong nails. It contains fatty acids to help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and even maintain your reproductive system, plus vitamin E and high potency biotin.
THE AGE REWINDER
Murad Youth Builder Dietary Supplement ($49.50 for a 30-day supply) boosts skin from the inside out. This best-seller for aging skin is formulated with glucosamine, amino acid complex, and vitamin A to boost collagen production, support connective tissue, and stimulate healthy cell renewal.
THE FIGURE FIXER
Zantrex SkinnyStix ($29.99 for 21 stix) is the perfect pre-party appetizer to keep you from overindulging. This heavily researched, clinically validated, mood-elevating, delicious tasting powder is what got Jenny McCarthy into her most recent wedding gown and keeps her at her fighting weight. Simply mix the contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 ounces of water and drink it 15 minutes before your main meals. Methylxanthines increase energy, alertness, and mood while it helps improve your weight-loss efforts.
THE SKIN SAVER
Sparkle Collagen Peptide Supplement ($38.50 for a 30-day supply) reduces wrinkles, improves elasticity, boosts collagen, and adds luminosity thanks to special collagen peptides, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. Add it to water, a smoothie, or tea for a drink that’s more like a treat.
THE HEALTH HELPER
Youth Infusion ($34.95 for a 30-day supply) provides over 35 key ingredients known to support heart health, anti-aging, and a healthy immune system. Vitamins (A, C, D, E, K, B6, B12), minerals, and CoQ10 help round out the formula.
THE SUN SHIELD
Heliocare ($29.99 for a 30-day supply) helps your skin protect itself against year-round sun-related aging. This natural, antioxidant oral supplement works from within as added insurance (when used with your topical sun protection) against damaging, aging UVA and UVB rays. It fights free radicals so your skin stays younger-looking and healthy.