Nutritional supplements that target skincare can have you drinking your way to a clearer complexion I
nner beauty products, ingestible beauty, nutricosmetics… whatever you call them, you can’t escape the explosion of beauty supplements currently on shelves. As it becomes increasingly evident that what goes on inside our bodies can directly affect the outside, these pills, powders and liquids have made the leap from health food stores to mainstream retailers.
“Good gut health is essential for skin health, and consumers are starting to understand this connection,” confirms BEAR co-founder and creative director Saasha Burns. Glowing skin is often indicative of a healthy gut, and “if you’re experiencing skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, or acne, it may indicate an imbalance of your microbiome, the billions of tiny good bacteria that live in your gut and control the digestion of food, your immune system, central nervous system and much of your overall health”, she explains.
Oral supplements might help correct things, and general good-for-skin ingredients include vitamin C to stimulate collagen and protect against sun damage, vitamin E to minimise cellular damage, vitamin B complex for elasticity, and anti-inflammatory turmeric and zinc to help skin heal.
my first task was to actually question what the term means, because we’re downsizing for many different reasons. It’s not just about heading to Vinnies with boxes of unread books and clothes we’ve never worn. Or buying multifunctional furniture that is storage you can sit or sleep on. While those are legitimate elements of downsizing, they’re not the whole story.
Downsizing is also a state of mind. And without wishing to go all transcendental on you, I’ve realised that there are both practical downsizing and emotional downsizing. The former demands discipline and organisation in corralling the contents of a large space into a small space; the latter requires changes to our attitudes and values. It’s one thing to understand that living smaller – and with less – can be highly desirable. But in our tap-and-go world of immediate gratification (aka the acquisition of stuff) it takes courage to say “enough”. The Australian Dream isn’t going to change overnight, but it’s interesting to know it’s being challenged and possibly redefined. And yes, downsized. Neale Whitaker is co-host of Foxtel’s Love It Or List It Australia on Lifestyle, and a judge on Nine Network’s The Block.
“In our world of instant gratification, it takes courage to say ‘enough’”