3 Critical Supplements for Natural Beauty
At Afterglow, we are focused on natural makeup and natural cosmetics but don’t forget that natural beauty starts on the inside. When you include healthy components in your diet, your body will respond with positive results. These three supplements are highly effective to support your most vibrant, natural beauty:
Almost everyone is chronically deficient in vitamin D, which is unfortunate since it has a vast array of health benefits, from preventing cancer to boosting your mood and brain function. Vitamin D is so critical to your health, you should be aware of your vitamin D levels on an annual basis. Ask your general doctor, naturopath or even your gynecologist during your annual visit to test your Vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. While our bodies naturally produce vitamin D through via exposure to the sun, most of us don’t get enough sustained exposure to reach even base-line healthy levels. This is why is critical that you know your vitamin D levels and take the appropriate supplementation so that vitamin D can do its magic for your body.
There are five different types of vitamin D, but D2 and D3 are the most important. Besides supplements, you can also get vitamin D3 from these foods:
- Soy milk (not recommended for these reasons)
- Low-fat milk
- Swiss cheese
- Orange juice
However, while you can get a certain amount of vitamin D through these foods, it’s likely not enough to make up for the average sub-par levels most people currently suffer from. Additionally, many people now avoid these foods as they are common allergens.
Aside from its plethora of other health benefits, vitamin D is also beneficial for the skin and hair. Vitamin D helps repair skin damage, and taking supplements can help prevent premature skin aging, as well as other conditions like eczema. This supplement is also an essential part of the hair growing process, and it can help prevent stress conditions that lead to hair loss. Make sure you get your D levels tested and talk to your doctor about what supplement’s right for your body.
Another great supplement to take for your skin health is astaxanthin. While this natural antioxidant has been around for a while, recent clinical trials have shown that astaxanthin can help with:
- Increasing skin moisture and moisture retention
- Increasing elasticity
- Promoting skin smoothness
- Decreasing fine lines and wrinkles
- Increasing blood flow and skin circulation
- Protecting from sun damage
Besides the skin benefits, astaxanthin is also beneficial to other aspects of your health, such as increased energy and brain health. This antioxidant is what seems to give salmon their energy to swim upstream, and is the cause of their pink color.
With that in mind, though, eating salmon will only get you a minimal amount of astaxanthin. As such, you’ll want to pick up a supplement for this one and start adding it to your diet. Its presence in skin care products can help, but ingesting it will let the astaxanthin absorb into your body at a cellular level, which brings greater benefits.
Fish or Algal Oil
Another supplement that will benefit both your skin and overall health is fish oil. Omega-3s are the key ingredient to this supplement that boosts brain function and lowers the chances of heart disease, in addition to skin benefits. Like astaxanthin, omega-3s also help improve circulation.
For those who don’t want to use fish oil, there are vegan-friendly alternatives. One of your best options is algal oil, which pulls omega-3s from the same place that fish get them from algae. With algal oil, the EPA and DHA omega-3 acids are also easier to absorb.
However, algal oils tend to be a bit more expensive. They do not contain omega-7s, which give fish oil its lowered cholesterol and reduced inflammation properties. Even so, many concentrated fish oil supplements also have small amounts of omega-7 to help increase the level of EPA and DHA.
When it comes to enhancing your natural beauty from the inside out, you can give yourself a great foundation by paying attention to your intake of vitamins and supplements. Vitamin D, astaxanthin, and fish or algal oil are all great options when it comes to promoting overall health, and that of your skin and hair. With these supplements in your system, you won’t just look good – you’ll feel good as well!