Passion for various vitamins and dietary supplements is no longer a trend, but rather a lifestyle. According to Dr. Charles Passler, who defines the nutrition of models Bella Hadid and Adriana Lima, improperly selected skin care products can neutralize the positive effects of pills, and making the optimal cocktail of them is almost an art.
Dr. Passler believes that the right combination of creams and serums with vitamins and dietary supplements can improve skin condition in the shortest possible time. A classic example: when deep cleansing the skin increases the risk of inflammation, but when taking antioxidants this chance decreases to almost zero. As the specialist explains, dietary supplements, getting into the bloodstream, affect the state of the "underside" of the skin, while topical agents (creams or lotions) affect only the surface.
Which ingredients work when taken internally and which when applied to the skin?
The doctor reminds: the condition of the skin is influenced by the state of immunity, the gastrointestinal tract and the endocrine system. “Most vitamin supplements (folic acid and vitamins B6, B12, E and D), minerals (zinc, selenium, magnesium and manganese), omega-3s, and some collagen supplements are best taken internally,” the doctor says.
AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), salicylic and hyaluronic acids, and retinol should be applied directly to the skin to exfoliate, rejuvenate, and reduce age spots and wrinkles.
Alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10 are drugs that can be taken by mouth or applied to the skin. For example, vitamin C helps to get rid of both fine wrinkles and inflammation. Aloe, when applied to the skin, also treats inflammation, and when ingested, it improves digestion.
What vitamin preparations and supplements should be paid attention to those who dream of clean skin?
Passler believes that those taking antibiotics to combat acne should not forget about probiotics that restore the intestinal flora. B vitamins and certain minerals may be deficient when taking combined oral contraceptives, but in such cases it is best to consult your doctor.
With topical application of ANA and salicylic acid, skin inflammation is possible, therefore the nutritionist suggests supplementing the beauty program with antioxidant and omega-3 preparations. The doctor reminds: the application of creams with retinol is categorically not combined with the intake of vitamin A.
Passler also shared express methods with which you can improve skin tone and tighten it in a few days on the eve of an important event. The doctor advises on a low-carb diet and strength training. He emphasizes that strength training is more effective in this case than traditional cardio. On the day of the event, Passler recommends a contrast shower, and ideally a few hours before the event. He recommends finishing the water procedure with a stream of cold water.
Photo: Getty Images, Instagram
- 8 worst beauty habits that ruin your skin
- At 40, everything is just beginning: rules for skin care 40+
- Three reasons why Meghan Markle will win the fashion battle against Kate Middleton