It wasn’t that long ago that we thought the only way to get beautiful skin was by cleansing properly and slathering on the right type of cream (the more expensive the better, right?). A good-nutrition obsession led to the realization that the key to glowing skin is about 80% what you put into your body and 20% what you slather on topically. Fast forward about five years and it isn’t hard to see why we are obsessed with beauty supplementation.
It’s one part high-quality nutrients that give the body a mega dose of what it needs to thrive both inside and out, and one part shaving the morning skincare and makeup routine down to almost nothing. And for us, these are equally important. We love a good contour and highlight sesh as much as the next girl, but we’ll take get-up-and-go skin that glows any day.
But let’s be honest, shopping the beauty market can feel like a scavenger hunt (and not always the good kind). This is your beauty supplement cheat sheet. Check out the four brands are shaking up the way we look at skincare and the products that are sitting right at the top of our must-have list.
This Australian brand is a game-changer. One of the industry leaders in skin-based probiotics, their products are versatile and nutrient dense. Founder Carla Oates knows that gorgeous skin starts in the gut so bio-fermented probiotics and superfoods are at the core of The Beauty Chef’s formulations. Two of the brand’s top sellers are Glow and Collagen, which target the gut, hydration and provide a curated dose of real food ingredients — think quinoa, chia seeds, green tea powder, ginger, turmeric — that your body knows how to digest and use.
Top tip: Try taking before bed so that the body can focus on repairing while you get your beauty rest.
You probably seen this brand as it is an in-the-know wellness favorite, and for good reason. Created by Venice, California-based Amanda Chantal Bacon, Moon Juice offers everything from dusts (powders) to snacks to adaptogenic proteins. We, of course, love the Beauty Dust, which in addition to collagen and free radical protectors, also contains Ashwagandha (an adaptogen) and pearl extract. Adaptogens help the body deal with stress (good-bye forehead wrinkles) while pearl extract does everything from providing a supped-up dose of antioxidants, stimulates collagen and is rich in amino acids.
Top tip: The key to supplementation is consistency. Take every day around the same time to reap the most benefits.
Dr. Brandt skincare has been a Hollywood and industry favorite for decades. Dr. Brandt started his career researching cures for leukemia and stumbled upon the use of natural antioxidants to fight free radical damage. He was also the first one to use green tea in beauty products. The man had some serious street cred so when the brand launched Anti-Oxidant Water Booster a few months ago we sat up and took notice. One dropper full (the recommended daily dosage) has the same amount of polyphenols as 15 cups of green tea! If you are anything like us and struggle to get in enough water every day this is a great way to entice yourself to drink up. And while 15 cups of green tea is sure to give you the jitters, Anti-Oxidant Water Booster is caffeine-free.
Top tip: You need to drink two to three liters of water every day to stay on top of your game. Skimping can lead to insomnia, dehydrated skin (obvs) and brain fog — all beauty don’ts.
Jane Iredale is the OG of mineral makeup so when they recently introduced a supplement line we were first in line to try them. The line consists of four products — Skin Accumax (for acne), Skin Antioxidant (for protecting the skin from free radicals), Skin Vitamin A (for oily skin), Skin Complete (for aging skin) and Skin Omegas (for dry skin). We love that the brand is also super conscious when it comes to sourcing quality ingredients (all gluten and soy-free and non-GMO) and upholding good manufacturing practices. They also follow the stringent pesticide and heavy metal guidelines for supplements, something you should always keep an eye out for.
Top tip: The US is not exactly touted for its regulation of over-the-counter supplements so look for brands that are upfront about their use of high-quality ingredients. If they aren’t forthright about important practices like using organic and non-GMO ingredients or meeting the metal and pesticide guidelines, then don’t be afraid to get in touch and ask what their policies are.