In­side and out

When a creme is not enough

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - BEAUTY - Tracey Strange

By mouth

In the trade, they are called

“in­gestibles” – vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments to im­prove the skin, of­ten de­vel­oped and mar­keted by beauty com­pa­nies and sold next to mois­turis­ers and serums. Avon and Olay are in­cluded in the list of ma­jor brands that have re­leased lines of oral skin treat­ments over­seas with prod­ucts ad­dress­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween in­ner health and outer beauty. In New Zealand, the trend isn’t as ad­vanced but there are com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments with skin in mind. One of the lat­est is Vi­tally, which of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive range of skin-ben­e­fit­ing cap­sules in­clud­ing those con­tain­ing CoQ10, evening prim­rose oil, col­la­gen and al­pha-lipoic acid. The prod­ucts are sold ac­cord­ing to per­son­alised pre­scrip­tions and priced ac­cord­ingly. Find more at vi­tally.co.nz.

Why buy? Beauty is more than skin-deep.

Take your vi­ta­mins

Vi­ta­mins A, C, E and B are all an­tiox­i­dants. A, or retinol, helps your skin to spawn bet­ter, health­ier cells (mean­ing fewer wrin­kles and less sag­gi­ness in your fu­ture), im­proves tex­ture and sup­ports the skin’s bar­rier func­tion. Vi­ta­min E pre­vents col­la­gen dam­age, help­ing the com­plex­ion to re­main firmer for longer, and pro­tects against ox­ida­tive dam­age. Vi­ta­min D, or niaci­namide, helps keep skin hy­drated. It also re­duces pig­men­ta­tion and re­lieves acne. Vi­ta­min C, in­cluded in Der­ma­log­ica’s Bio-Lu­min-C Serum ($159), is proven to re­duce dis­coloura­tion and in­flam­ma­tion, shore up the skin’s bar­rier re­sponse, en­hance re­pair and gen­er­ally make the skin look a whole lot bet­ter.

Why buy? Sta­bilised vi­ta­min C to neu­tralise free rad­i­cals, firm and brighten.

10 great time­sav­ing prod­ucts

Mois­turis­ers with il­lu­mi­nat­ing par­ti­cles such as Eliz­a­beth Ar­den Skin Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Firm and Re­flect Mois­tur­izer ($ 151). Blush­ers that are neu­tral enough in colour to dou­ble as eye­shad­ows.

Grad­ual tans, es­pe­cially those with il­lu­mi­na­tors. Tinted mois­turis­ers, in­clud­ing BB/CC creams and skin-toned primers.

Sun­screens with mois­tur­is­ing an­tiox­i­dants. Tinted lip balms – colour and pro­tec­tion in one tube.

All “nude-toned” cos­met­ics.

Leave-in con­di­tion­ers, es­pe­cially if you’re prone to “frizz”.

Nail buf­fers.

Cleansers that also re­move eye makeup.

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