Sometimes a good diet isn’t always enough to give hair and skin everything they need to look their best. Everyday things like chemicals in cleansers or even the weather can rob them of nutrients leaving you looking and feeling lacklustre. The following supplements do double duty to benefit both hair and skin or nails so that you glow with health both inside and out.
Sometimes referred to as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, Biotin is a good all-rounder, benefiting hair, skin and nails. It works by boosting the natural production of protein as well as helping the body to process other nutrients. Biotin is water soluble and needs to be ingested rather than applied topically through face creams and moisturisers.
Collagen is an essential structural protein in the human body, found in everything from skin and nails to bones and tendons. L-Lysine is an amino acid that helps in the replenishment of collagen but, since the body doesn’t make it, supplements effectively boost its level.
Vitamin E can be applied topically or ingested, meaning that you will see benefits whether you take it in capsule form or use it directly on your hair or skin as a moisturiser. It’s a fantastic antioxidant that assists the growth of healthy skins cells.
You only need a small amount of this versatile mineral to see an improvement in the condition of your skin, especially if you have inflamed acne or other skin conditions. Not all supplements are equal – look for zinc gluconate or zinc sulfate.
Always follow the instructions when taking any supplement as too little or too much can be hazardous. There are occasions when weak nails and irritated skin are symptoms of an underlying condition, and you may benefit from a visit to your GP for medical advice.