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Can a Pill Make You Prettier?


Damien Hirst – Pharmaceuticals (2005)
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If you are having trouble growing your hair out to luscious, waist-grazing lengths, wish to lessen cellulite, or achieve the bronzed complexion you’ve always wanted, there might be a pill for that. Beauty supplements—a former niche movement that has since boomed into a powerhouse industry over the past decade—may seem like clever marketing jargon, but truthfully, these beauty-boosting pills are just normal vitamins, enriched with heavy doses of nutrients to boost hair and nail growth, aid in digestion, flush out toxins and press the reset button for an inside out approach to beauty.

Skin specialist and director of Bea Clinics, Bianca Estelle, says: “Supplements work to give your body an extra boost of nutrients that you are otherwise not getting.” In a fast-paced society where skipping lunch is the norm, obtaining our daily recommended servings of Omega-3, vitamins and other essential nutrients can be difficult. This is where the crop of complexion-clearing, metabolism-boosting, and hair-enhancing supplements come into play. Whether they are in the form of skin-pumping collagen pills, digestive aids, or powdered ingestibles, the new wave of beauty-boosters comes with an attractive set of possibilities.

Not convinced? Several studies have proven the benefits of orally ingesting a daily supplement, including a recent study by the Department of Dermatology in the University of Kiel, Germany, which showed that taking a daily collagen peptide significantly decreases eye wrinkles.

Another recent study by the Minerva Research Labs in the U.K. showed that drinking hydrolyzed collagen directly benefits the skin. This centuries-old practice is still relevant in China and Japan, where many men and women mix sachets of powdered collagen or “bone broth” into hot water or ramen noodles to ramp up the natural levels for youthful skin and bones. Brands such as Pure Gold Collagen, a lineup of liquid beauty supplements, aim to fight the early signs of aging with its youth-boosting ingredients alongside fragments of collagen extracted from fish.

Fish isn’t the only natural source of collagen; nutritionist and clinical dietician Lama al Naeli lists Vitamin C and E as “natural skin-plumpers.” While many pills are readily available over the counter, in stores such as GNC and Sephora, Al Naeli advises to consult with a doctor or physician before incorporating supplements into your diet, and goes on to list “allergies, kidney damage and liver failure” as potential side effects.

Below, four beauty-boosting supplements that you can pop into your diet.

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