Skin health is very important to a lot of people, especially in the fashion and beauty industries. And these are high-dollar enterprises. People pay exorbitant sums to maintain the appearance of beauty. There are three recent trends in natural personal care:
botanicals as well as antioxidant ingredients in topical creams
so-called “inside-out” beauty, which is supplements that improve skin hydration.
Green tea is still seeing interest in topicals – if not outright green tea then at least the active ingredient, which is the catechin EGCG (the four letters represent a nine-syllable chemical name which we won’t bore you with). EGCG has anti-inflammatory properties that help protect the skin from UV rays. EGCG does not get deeply absorbed into the skin so its effects are limited to the epidermis – but that’s the visible parts of the skin so what’s not to like, right? It’s also routinely marketed for benefits around moisturizing, soothing and protecting.1
Some interesting beauty drinks leverage superfruits, such as acai2 or sea buckthorn.3
But the biggest breakout product is the beauty drink by Nestle called Glowelle. Each container costs $7 a day and consumers are encouraged to get a month-long supply. Its ingredients are antioxidants and carotenoids such as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, lycopene, lutein, and selenium.4-8 Nestle projects the growth of beauty beverages at 50 percent over the next five years, so look for more such launches coming to stores near you.
Supplements can also help by hydrating the skin. For instance, the omega-3 EPA, when applied to the skin, reduced UV-induced epidermal thickening and inhibited collagen decrease.9 Similarly, krill oil, has been shown to improve hydration, skin tone, hair tone and wrinkle appearance.10 Astaxanthin, contained in krill oil, has been shown to protect the skin from UV damage that would otherwise damage skin DNA.12
Other notables in this arena include glucosamine (known for its joint-health applications) and niacinamide, which when applied topically reduced the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles, particularly in the eye area.11
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