Eating healthy, getting enough sleep and having a good skincare routine are ways to maintain a youthful and radiant complexion. However, with the stress levels and environmental aggressors we face daily, sometimes a little help in the form of a good dietary supplement can do wonders for our body and skin.
Skincare supplements, especially in Thailand, often claim to whiten the skin, completely get rid of acne, or make you instantly thin. But as much as this may sound cliché, good skin comes from within. That is precisely why, when choosing supplements, it’s better to opt for products that focus on making you healthy from the inside out.
That being said, with so many available in the market, it can be daunting to get started. Since supplements are orally ingested, they must be manufactured by a reliable source, medically certified, and genuinely beneficial to our body. Aside from companies dedicated to producing dietary supplements, many aestheticians, beauty clinics, and hospitals have also come out with their own products with cult followings of their own.
There is no need to choose between a red pill or a blue pill because there are far more options than that. Here are five edible skincare supplements to take you down the rabbit hole.
(Hero and featured image: Edible Thailand)
Edible’s Ceracare skin supplement is designed to help strengthen the skin barrier—the key to a healthy, glowing complexion. Ceracare skin supplement contains vitamin E, vitamin B3, HACP collagen, acerola cherry extract and rice ceramide. Its key ingredient, ceramide, is akin to the lipid (fatty molecule) on the surface layer of our skin. They’re like the mortars between bricks, and their job is to form a shield that protects the skin against pollution and prevents moisture loss. The brand states that taking their supplement will not make one’s skin “whiter”. Encouraging everyone to embrace their natural skin colour, Ceracare is also said to help reduce dullness and enhance skin radiance through ingredients such as ALA (alpha lipoic acid) and L-Cysteine.
Whether you want to improve your immune system or improve your skin textures, DII Supplements will have something targeted to your specific needs. The vitamins are identified by numbered labels that describe their properties and key ingredients: Combo C, No. 4 P-Acnisol; No. 7 Glassy; No. 8 Aqua and more. DII Supplements can be purchased individually, or you can also get pre-arranged sets tailored for specific skin or body needs. Some of the sets available are DII Health Series, DII Skin Series, and Vitamin Set.
Our bodies differ from person to person, thus requiring different treatments and nutrients depending on the individual. That’s why it’s important to get a thorough checkup by professionals to know which nutrients or vitamins your body lacks and the right amount of dosage suitable for your body weight. It’s dangerous to take dietary supplements based on what you’ve read or think is good for your body. In the worst-case scenario, this can take a toll on your liver and kidney.
Personalised dietary supplements is an emerging trend that many hospitals in Thailand are starting to pick up, but they are still relatively new to the market. Navamin 9 Hospital’s Vital Glow Skin & Aesthetic Centre now offers its own line of personalised vitamins supplements specifically tailored to your body’s needs using JCI accredited lab results and consultation from certified doctors.
The famous clinic by Dr. Tae Usanee has also launched their own vitamin C supplement that is said to allow maximum absorption into the body system. This thanks to the liposome vesicles are more stable and can be more easily absorbed into the cells, resulting in an efficacy level similar to directly injecting vitamin C into our body. This Liposomal Vitamin C supplement claims to boost the immune system and collagen production.
No skin supplement list would be complete without a collagen product. Bibury Coln started as a skincare brand but recently launched its own dietary supplement, Glu C Gen10. Bibury Coln’s Glu C Gen10 consists of many nourishing ingredients, including salmon collagen peptide, coenzyme Q10, Vitamin C and more. It is said to contain premium collagen from Japan and claims to help boost the immune system and improve the appearance of dull, ageing skin.