Inside and out
When a creme is not enough
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”.
Cleansers that also remove eye makeup.