With summer in the offing, there's nothing more I want to do than get glowing skin and fabulous hair without spending too much time on grooming. Sounds too good to be true? Not necessarily. Brittle nails, lacklustre skin and hairfall can be dealt with naturally, with the help of the right supplements. Here are 5 beauty-boosting supplements that help your skin, hair and nails.
What? Keep Your Skin Glowing!
With? Vitamin E
Apart from its health benefits, adequate Vit E quells dryness and helps retain moisture in your skin. In fact, many studies have proven its ability to reduce free radical damage since it’s also an anti-oxidant. While it is found in many fruits and veggies, the supplement can help boost hydration in skin and better the texture too. Pop a supplement after consulting with your dermatologist (I've tried Evion). You can also pop one open and put it on your face.
What? Control Hormonal Acne
With? Evening Primrose Oil
Extracted from evening primrose plant, it is another nutraceutical which is safe for most of us. It has GLA or Omega 6 fatty acids and when taken orally, the body converts it to prostaglandins. To treat hormonal acne, the body needs to balance it out which can only happen internally. The omega-6 fatty acids present in evening primrose oil can regulate your hormone levels, making your skin clear too. Not to mention, primrose oil is great for health too.
What? Rev Up Your Metabolism
With? Aloe Vera
From skin to hair, we know aloe vera is an all-rounder. Anti-inflammatory in nature, aloe vera is safe for skin, and generally used in times of irritation. It is known to lighten scars, tackle inflammation, reduce acne as well as soothe sunburns. That's not all it does. A powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, it aids metabolism, leading to clearer, smooth complexion. Eat a teaspoon of it straight from the plant or add it to your morning water (with gooseberry and lemon).
What? Say NO To Dark Spots
With? Vitamin C
Known to lighten spots and help avoid pigmentation, Vit C is a good source of anti-oxidants. Vitamin C also plays its part in boosting collagen production in your skin, minimising wrinkles and fine lines. While most citrus fruits and leafy greens have Vit C, many have benefitted from this nutraceutical (I have tried Celin).
What? Stop Nail Breakage And Hair Loss
Biotin is the water-soluble variable of Vitamin B (Vitamin B7) and is a boon for nails and hair. Studies have shown that taking this nutrient as a supplement can increase the thickness of your nails by 25%. They're also said to boost hair growth, so it's a win-win situation! Since many reports avoid excessive dosage of biotin, it's better to consult your dermatologist before you start these.