Drink your way to more youth­ful skin

The fu­ture was nutri­tion pills – now it’s drinks for the skin

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - NEWS - Lisa Arm­strong

Back IN THE 1970S we were told the fu­ture of hu­man nutri­tion resided in lit­tle space-age cap­sules. Pretty soon, we’d all be pop­ping pills in­stead of fid­dling around with con­ven­tional meals.

It didn’t seem en­tic­ing, even then, which is prob­a­bly why the pre­dic­tions didn’t pan out.

Not quite, at any rate. The vi­ta­min a nd sup­ple­ment i ndust r y was e st imated at around £100 bil­lion in 2016 and shows no signs of slow­ing, de­spite dire govern­ment warn­ings that we’re lit­er­ally flush­ing our money down the drain. clearly there are is­sues of trust here: we’ve lost fait h in t he abilit y of the food chain to give us all we need. Or we’ve been se­duced by the ads.

enter t he new f ut u re of hu man nut r it ion – or at le as t t he f ut ure of hu­man skin­care. This time it comes not in hard lit­tle pel­lets, but in liq­uids that are eas­ier to in­gest and, ac­cord­ing to some re­search, far more ef­fec­tive. Take Sk­i­nade, a patented Brit ish for mu­lat ion t hat cont a ins 7,000mg of highg rade col­la­gen (your friendly plump­ing agent) sourced f rom f resh­wa­ter fish. That’s the equiv­a­lent, ac­cord­ing to t he Sk­i­nade tea m, of 20 st a ndard pills. a por­tion of Sk­i­nade also claims to pro­vide all your rec­om­mended daily al­lowance of vi­ta­min c, vi­ta­min B com­plex and omegas 3 and 6, comes in at 35 calo­ries… and prom­ises an 80-90 per cent ab­sor ption rate, com­pared with 30-40 per cent for those pills.

Is any of this ac­tu­ally use­ful? clin­i­cal tri­als are en­cour­ag­ing rather than d ra mat ic – lines a nd deep wrin­kles de­creased by around 30 per cent af­ter tak­ing Sk­i­nade daily for 12 weeks, skin sup­ple­ness in­creased by 19 per cent. But I’ll take en­cour­ag­ing. I’ve been on it for about two months, and my skin is def i n it ely g low y a nd le s s cr e a s e d (t here’s an im­prove­ment all over my body), while my nails and hair seem to be flour­ish­ing. The one-hit as­pect is a bonus – I’ve stopped all the other fid­dly sup­ple­ments. The taste? Slightly odd and sweet (al­though it doesn’t con­tain sugar or as­par­tame) but noth­ing in­tol­er­a­ble: I find the travel sa­chets, which you dis­solve in wa­ter, nicer t han t he ready-mixed bot­tles, and far less waste­ful in terms of pack­ag­ing.

Skin sup­ple­ments a re clea rly t he com­ing thing – more are launch­ing by the month. On a dif­fer­ent tack, Sym­prove is an im­pres­sive pro­bi­otic drink aimed at re­set­ting the flora and fauna in your g ut. It was rec­om­mended to me by Stephanie Moore, who heads the nutri­tion depart­ment at Grayshott He a lt h Sp a , a nd I adv is e a ny­one with di­ges­tive is­sues to tr y it. Ban­ish thoughts of all those sugar-laden pro­bi­otic yo­gurts and drinks on TV. This t a ste s ser ious – t hi nk liq­uid s auerkraut – which I’ve come to love. It’s not cheap but it ’s won­der f ul, ca l ming, ef fe ct i ve st u f f t hat , l i ke Sk i nade, you’re sup­posed to take for t hree to four months; you then rest for a month be­fore re­sum­ing if you need to.

In be­tween, t here’s al­ways a daily spoon­ful of ap­ple cider vine­gar to help di­gest ion (which, in t ur n, will have an im­pact on skin) and turmeric tea. I make my own – fresh ground ginger, a spoon­ful of turmeric and some raw honey. Not fu­tur­is­tic, but de­li­cious.

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