By Natalie McGrath, founder of GLOWSO
You religiously apply your face serums, toners and moisturisers and mask your locks once a week, but if you’re not looking after your inner wellness, there’s only so much topical applications can do. For the best results, your skin and hair routine must include both internal and external care. Thankfully, inner beauty doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. It’s all about adding the right nutrients into your daily routine. Here are five I swear by.
Bioactive Collagen Peptides
Collagen is the largest structural component of skin, accounting for around 80 per cent of its dry weight, and it’s naturally produced by your body. While you’re born with an abundance of this protein, it decreases as you age and can be depleted by external factors such as poor diet (think lots of sugars and refined foods), UV radiation, environmental toxins, and unbalanced hormones. To counteract these stressors, reach for a collagen supplement. They can help improve the quality of your skin, strengthen hair follicles, and promote scalp health. There are a lot of brands on the market, so be sure to do your research before parting with your cash.
This native superfood packs more vitamin C than practically any other food source. In fact, it contains up to 50 times the vitamin C found in oranges. This vitamin is essential for skin health, radiance, and collagen production, can help smooth out fine lines and may even prevent hair loss. If you want plump, dewy skin, add this potent antioxidant into your diet. You can eat Kakadu plums raw, in a jam or juice, or take it via a powder.
Suffer from acne? You could do with a little zinc. This powerful mineral plays a key role in wound healing and can help prevent acne and ease scarring. It’s also an important co-factor for collagen production. As well as helping your skin to heal, zinc also protects the skin by blocking free radical damage, which breaks down collagen. Zinc also promotes healing in the rest of the body and is important for digestion and immune function.
This fat-soluble vitamin provides vital antioxidant activity in your skin. It is a concentrated anti-inflammatory agent and can help keep skin smooth and subtle as well as support proper immune system health and cell function. Its antioxidant properties can also support circulation, which is vital for hair health, and can reduce cell damage in your tresses.
Also known as B7, biotin has been shown to increase hair health, shine and texture, as well as improve your skin’s texture, hydration, and complexion. The word “biotin” comes from the ancient Greek word “biotos” which means “life” or “substance”. A lot of us suffer from poor biotin levels due to antibiotic use, stress, dysbiosis, alcohol intake, smoking, breastfeeding, and pregnancy, but it’s essential to get your fix. Many enzymes rely on biotin to function, and it is important for energy production and helps the formation of fatty acids, which is essentialformaintaining healthy plump skin. You can find biotin in supplement form, or score a hit from lean meat, eggs and nuts.
Natalie McGrath is a qualified naturopath with nearly 20 years specialising in woman’s health. She recently founded GLOWSO an innovative ingestible beauty brand that combines the latest scientific research and ancient wisdom to help you GLOW from the inside out.
Formulated by one of Australia’s leading naturopaths, this daily supplement by GLOWSOTM Health is your very own self-care in a bottle. With collagen peptides to help firm and smooth skin, GLOWSO’s unique formula uses ethically sourced properties of the indigenous Kakadu Plum, a native Australian fruit with the highest recorded source of natural vitamin C, to further boost immunity, support collagen formation and strengthen hair and nails.
It also includes powerful antioxidants – Lutein and Zeaxanthin – from the golden Marigold flower, these antioxidants protect the skin from harsh free radicals. Including nutrient-rich Zinc and Vitamin E, this powerful supplement radiates the beauty that starts from within.