It’s often discussed in esthetic forums, articles, and other platforms that healthy skin and wellness start with eating whole foods, practicing mindfulness, and having good gut microbiome. But one trend not often talked about is ingestible skin care. That is, supplementation formulated to increase the health and well-being of the skin.
A quick Google search will show beauty supplements, a.k.a. nutricosmetics, are having a moment, promising to make you glow from the inside out.
What exactly constitutes ingestible skin care?
Internal products can be formulated as powders, capsules, or pills. They contain beneficial ingredients for the hair, skin, and nails. Common ingredients include vitamins D, E, A, niacinamide or vitamin B, biotin, and antioxidants.
Are beauty supplements different from daily vitamins?
Even though ingestible skin care may contain ingredients that are great for the skin, it doesn’t mean they will have a direct effect on the skin. To directly benefit the skin, you need a product that will be used by the skin and directly absorbed by the skin. This is why topical products and home care are so important to the health of your clients’ skin. The ability to confidently sell retail products is vital to the success of an esthetician and the end goal for the client.
Does ingestible skin care provide more benefit than topical skin care?
Supplementation has the benefit of working from within and delivering active ingredients straight to the bloodstream and into the cell. However, many dermatologists argue that scientifically researched ingredients applied topically are more bang for the buck. As the name implies, this is supplemental to your daily topical regimen, not in place of it.
A recent survey performed by Lycored suggests ingestible skin care is a growing consumer demand. The results revealed commonly held assumptions about skin care may be outdated and ingestible skin care is now firmly within the mainstream. Also, men are a prime market. The survey also suggests consumers are far more interested in feeling healthy than looking younger.
ASCP's Esty Talk episode 134, Demand for Ingestible Skincare is on the Rise, discusses what constitutes ingestible skin care and whether it provides more benefit than topical products.