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On Our Radar 7 September 2020

Hair, Skin and Nails Supplements to Get You Spring Ready

Beat winter dryness with these natural alternatives

Dehydration over winter coupled with a heated home environment in the cooler months can leave our skin and hair appear dull and dry, and our nails feeling brittle. While topical products can have an immediate, albeit temporary, effect, supplements aim to nourish you from the inside out.


Words By Eliza Sears

Capsules

When it comes to ingestible vitamins, capsules are the universal favourite. Easily swallowed, these are perfect for those on the go and preferring the quick and tasteless option when trying to introduce supplements into the diet.

The capsule world of vitamins is vast and can certainly be whelming when trying to decide what’s right for you. For those wishing to focus on the health of their nails and hair, the capsuled variety is a fabulous introduction into the world of vitamins.

Strengthening proteins within the hair and nail follicles will typically mean relying on ingredients such as biotin, silicon and zinc.

Biotin, or vitamin H, is a water-soluble nutrient playing a key part in helping to repair and replenish dry and brittle hair, skin and nails. Although biotin deficiency is rare, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can be low in this important vitamin.

If your preference is for a sweet-tasting supplement with a side of primary school flashbacks, gummies are also on the market, many in cute shapes and flavours to match.

Beauty Boosters, Glow Getter – 30 Film Coated Tablets, $29.95, The Iconic

Tonics

Liquid supplements are for the hard-core, and probably those with noticeably glowing skin, shiny hair and healthy nails.

These types of tonics have come a long way from funky-tasting, potent drinks we turned our noses up at years ago. Now, often infused with the likes of goji berries and blueberry juice, liquid supplements are sweet, tasty and easily digestible.

So what makes these liquid elixirs so effective? Generally speaking, probiotics.

Most liquid tonics supporting beauty from the inside will rely on probiotic concentrates, proven to encourage gut health. If you’re not already aware, gut health is intrinsically linked to the health of most systems within the body, especially the skin.

The introduction of probiotics to an already effective mix of vitamins found in capsules (i.e collagen and antioxidants), is a proven way of boosting results when it comes to targeting the health of your hair, nails and skin.

Klarskin Reforming Liquid, $110, The Apothecary Store

Powder

The perfect option for the on-the-go smoothie lover or the caffeine reliant beauty-junkie among us. Powders offer a mix-in alternative to getting your supplement fix. If you savour the ritual of a morning smoothie more than the next person, powders may be just for you.

Unlike the one and done capsule, powders can be consumed over time and easily incorporated into your daily ritual, meaning you’re unlikely to forget to take your vitamins if your morning routine counts on you doing so. With both flavoured and unflavoured varieties on offer, it’s up to you to add some spice or keep things neutral.

Some of our favourite powered vitamins targeted at hair, skin and nail health contain the ingredient collagen.

Our body naturally produces collagen to help with skin elasticity, joint health and hair production. When supplementing additional collagen into the body, the skin can experience a delayed ageing process, plumpness, as well a firming quality that helps reduces signs of cellulite.

Vida Glow Marine Collagen Sachets, $59.95, RY