By: Sonia Panjabi
The feeling of relaxing and putting on a face mask after a long day is undeniably irreplaceable. However, after class, homework, jobs, clubs, and the daily(ish) trek to Yates, sometimes there just isn’t any time left to put the effort into these external beauty treatments. The good news is that there are easier and faster, not to mention overall healthier, ways to make sure you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs for its own beauty treatments, from the inside out.
We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” In the case of beauty, your skin and hair reflect what’s going on inside your body and its balance of nutrients and hormones. Often it just becomes way too difficult to keep track of what you’re eating and the nutrients you are getting, especially when you constantly crave late night wings from Bulldog and Epi quesadillas. That’s where supplements come in. Supplements can’t replace eating and living healthy, but they can definitely enhance normal bodily processes and can be taken easily at the start of the day in the form of a pill. Keep reading for some of my favorite supplements for boosting your energy throughout the day and kickstarting long-term improvements in skin and hair.
Greens Dietary Supplement
We all know the struggle of trying to find something healthy that also tastes good at Leo’s. It’s not easy picking that quinoa from Bodega over a pesto pizza from Olive Branch for lunch. Luckily, this Greens Dietary Supplement by 8G has all the greens we don’t get from the dining hall. It contains spinach, wheatgrass, kale, blue green algae, spirulina, aloe vera, and barley grass in the convenience of a dissolving tablet. You can definitely taste vegetables when drinking this green drink, but there is a slight sweetness that makes it bearable, and it is definitely worth it to make sure you get your greens in for the day. Other than the obvious health benefits of eating your vegetables, these greens also normalize and ease digestion, and provide your body with more amino acids and vitamins that are needed to replace dead skin cells, leaving your skin radiant and bright. A 10 count tube of tablets costs around $14 on Nordstrom.com.
Most people know that fish oil is a great, everyday pill. It’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids – which are essential nutrients for heart health – but what many people don’t know is that these fatty acids also have immense mental health, skin, and hair benefits. The fatty acids are converted by the body into hormones called eicosanoids with are anti-inflammatory in nature, and therefore beneficial for those who suffer from inflammatory skin issues such as acne. Omega-3 also nourishes hair follicles, stimulating growth and shine. I would recommend krill oil pills over fish oil pills for beauty benefits because krill oil not only contains these Omega-3 fatty acids, but also has lower mercury levels than fish oil and contains the antioxidant astanxathin. This antioxidant fights off free radicals in the body and contributes even more to healing inflammatory skin issues. This bottle of 60 softgel 1000mg Krill Oil Pills with Astaxanthin is offered by Amazon Prime for only $14.99.
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B Complex supplements contain 8 types of Vitamin B, all which have numerous benefits for overall health. Their functions range from eliminating free radicals in the body, to protecting the immune system and nervous system, to assisting in digestion. In addition to increasing energy levels, this vitamin complex can regulate your skin’s production of cells, break down oils that cause acne, and can even help with hyperpigmentation and acne scars. You can find Divine Bounty’s B Complex 90 vegetarian capsule bottle on Amazon for around $14.
Biotin is a type of B-vitamin, vitamin B7, that is specifically beneficial for hair, skin, and nails. And the best part? It’s often found in gummy form! I honestly eat these gummies more as my daily treat, while also receiving the benefits from the concentrated biotin. After a few days of taking biotin you’ll be able to see the difference in your hair, plus your nails will grow faster and stronger. These VitaFusion gummies have 1667% daily value of biotin and the added benefit of Vitamins A, C, D, and E. Find them for only $10.19 on Amazon.
I always wonder why Probiotics are so underrated. They are super important for your digestive health, and digestion is everything when it comes to your body. If you aren’t digesting your food properly, especifically fats, then these undigested molecules can remain inside the bloodstream, creating a sort of imbalance in your body. This can ultimately slow down your natural ability to fight off inflammation like acne. Putting the “good bacteria” back into your body can improve your immune system and have so many beauty benefits including clearer skin and improved energy levels. While some probiotics need to be kept in the refrigerator, these probiotic pills from GNC can be tucked away in a cabinet for convenience. This pack comes with 30 capsules of 25 billion CFU probiotics for $19.99 on Amazon.
Topical treatments aren’t everything when it comes to beauty. Try out these supplements to help your body maintain its natural beauty from the inside out.