Browse any shelf in the supermarket wellbeing section or pharmacy health aisles, and you’ll know that when it comes to supplements, there’s an astonishing array of choice.
In days gone by, we might have the choice between a simple one a day A-Z vitamin and mineral supplement and some fizzy vitamin C tablets. But now, every vitamin, mineral, antioxidant and phytonutrient is covered in a seemingly endless selection of tablets, capsules, powders, gummies, drops and drinks.
But which of them do we actually need? Which of them will actually benefit us and which ones are an expensive waste of money that will just get excreted in our urine?
Depending on many factors such as our diet, age, gender and physical activity level, we all have different nutritional needs. This means that whilst some of us might benefit from taking a certain nutrient, others might not.
For example, a vegan is advised to take vitamin B12 supplements because there aren’t many plant based foods that contain this essential vitamin. But a meat eater probably wouldn’t need to take a B12 supplement, as they would presumably get enough from their diet.
Most vitamin and mineral supplements target our physical health, such as that of the heart, brain or muscles. Others target our mental wellbeing. But what about those that target our biggest organ, the skin?
Can a skin supplement work to maintain healthy, plump, youthful and blemish free skin? Or are we better off concentrating on the skin care products that we apply on the outside of the skin? Rather than supplements that tackle things from the inside?
Here’s our take on all things skin supplement, and why we’re such big fans of our own skin care supplement…
What skin supplements are available?
There are lots of skin care supplements available. Basic vitamin supplements such as vitamin C (fizzy or otherwise) help to promote healthy skin. This is because vitamin C plays a role in skin health and wound healing.
Vitamin C also helps to promote the production of collagen, the protein that keeps our skin plump, youthful and free from wrinkles.
Vitamin E is also beneficial for the skin because it’s an antioxidant vitamin that helps to neutralise free radical damage to skin cells. It helps to protect the skin against sun damage and reduces inflammation.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, as many skin care supplement brands produce products that are a mix of different nutrients all designed to support healthy skin. These almost always also target the hair and nails too.
Then there are the less well known skin supplements. These include hyaluronic acid supplements that help to boost hydration in the skin and omega 3 supplements that help to strengthen the skin's natural barriers.
Technically, all of these supplements will ‘work’ to a certain degree. They’ll help to support all of the natural biological functions of the human body, including supporting skin health. But the answer to the question of if they’ll make any real and visible difference to the skin is debatable.
Because we get the majority of these nutrients from our diet anyway. If we’re deficient in any of them, taking a supplement will help to top up our levels. But we might not see any real difference in our levels of collagen and therefore the plumpness of our skin for example, just by taking a vitamin C supplement.
But there are other types of skin supplement that can produce visible results.
Do Sönd make skin supplements?
Yes! In our quest to find skin care products for skin like ours - acne prone, stressed out and contrary - we knew we had to step up to the skin care plate.
We spent many years looking for the right skin care products that would look after our skin, nourish it and manage our breakouts. But try as we might, there just wasn’t what our skin needed out there.
So what does any self respecting, stressy skinned entrepreneur do? Make their own! And make our own we did. That’s how the Sönd skin care range was born - out of sheer frustration.
Our range contains natural plant based botanicals and our hero ingredient, a silica salt complex. This has an alkalising effect, nourishing and supporting all skin types. Our cream cleanser, day and night cream, face serum and clay mask have all won themselves an army of fans, so we knew we had to give you more.
That’s why we developed our skin supplements. Sönd Jump Start Silica Supplements help to support the skin from the inside out. So you can benefit your skin with a double whammy of Sönd skin care from the outside with our range of skin care products, and from the inside with our silica supplements.
How do silica supplements benefit the skin?
Silica plays a major role in the production of collagen. It does this by creating stronger bonds between protein molecules, and since collagen is a protein (the most abundant protein in the human body in fact), it makes the collagen in our skin more robust.
Collagen is responsible for keeping the skin plump by acting as a sort of biological ‘scaffold’ that the upper layers of skin sits on. Sadly, as we age, we naturally lose our levels of collagen, leading to the skin beginning to sag and develop fine lines and winkles.
Think of silica as the biological ‘glue’ that holds the collagen molecules together. The more silica that’s available, the stronger the collagen bonds and the plumper and more youthful the skin.
But like collagen, as we age, our levels of silica begin to decline. That’s why taking silica supplements is such a good idea! This little known supplement could soon become your skin’s secret weapon.
The silica in our skin supplements is fully plant based and is naturally derived from bamboo shoot extracts. Take two tablets each morning with food for a couple of months and see just how clear, healthy and glowing your skin can become!