Pretty pills: The Best Anti-Ageing Skin Supplements
Could just popping a pill help keep wrinkles and sagging skin at bay? More and more beauty-boosting skin supplements seem to say so, but is there any evidence to support their claims? We've tracked down five products from reputable brands with science to support their use as anti-ageing skin supplements.
Pomphenol® Sunguard Dietary Supplement, £47 (60 caps)
www.murad.co.uk; 0844 472 7050
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are one of the main factors responsible for premature skin ageing, and this supplement claims to help guard against this radiation from the inside out. Developed by American dermatologist Dr Howard Murad, it's been clinically proven to boost the SPF of topical sunscreens by 25 per cent.1 Pomegranates are rich in ellagic acid, a potent polyphenol antioxidant with UV-protective effects.2
Age Defy+ Green Beauty with Astaxanthin, £32.95 (60 caps)
www.greenpeople.co.uk; 01403 740 350
The star ingredient in this supplement is astaxanthin—a dark-red pigment found in salmon and other seafood—which clinical trials have shown may improve skin elasticity as well as fine lines and wrinkles.3 Other 'superfoods' are also included (wheatgrass, barley grass, Chlorella, Spirulina and Seagreens®) to aid detoxification, and help to build, repair and maintain healthy tissues.
C the difference
Altrient C Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C, £29.95 (30 sachets)
www.abundanceandhealth.co.uk; 020 3239 4907
This powerful form of vitamin C uses microscopic healthy fat particles to deliver the nutrient directly into the bloodstream. In a study sponsored by the manufacturers, people taking three sachets a day of Altrient C for four months saw a 61 per cent improvement in skin elasticity and firmness, plus a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Those taking just one sachet a day also saw improvement, albeit not as big, while those taking a placebo saw no changes in their skin.4
Arko Royal Organic Royal Jelly, £14.35 (10 ampoules)
www.hollandandbarrett.com; 0370 606 6606
Created by worker bees from a mix of honey, bee pollen and enzymes to feed their queen, royal jelly often features in skin creams and supplements. There don't appear to be any published trials in humans of its effects on skin, but in rats, it's been found to boost collagen production and protect against photoageing—the skin-ageing effects of UV rays.5 Another rat study suggests it has anti-inflammatory effects and can speed wound-healing.6
Defend and protect
Advanced Nutrition Programme
Skin Defender, £36.55 (60 capsules)
www.advancednutritionprogramme.com; 020 8438 3270
This product contains a mix of potent antioxidants—like vitamins C and E, selenium and zinc—all known to help guard against the skin-ageing effects of UV rays.7 Advanced Nutrition Programme is a brand of the International Institute for Anti-Ageing (iiaa), a provider of services and products for the professional beauty industry, and offers a range of other supplements to support the skin, depending on its needs.