Spread or swallow: are beauty supplements the new day creams?

Beauty supplements that promise a healthy glow, tighter skin and fewer wrinkles: Hollywood swears by them. Do beauty pills really help to combat skin ageing? And which ones are worth it?

 

Powder that you dissolve in a glass of water, a pill to swallow or a drink with your breakfast: beauty supplements are more popular than ever. More and more women realise that just an anti-ageing cream is not the promised panacea against skin ageing and therefore adjust their lifestyle to give their body and skin extra support. A balanced diet and drinking enough water are important, but beauty supplements go one step further. They nourish your skin from the inside out with targeted substances that make up for deficits and thus tackle signs of ageing.

Collagen and co
The list of ingredients in such supplements often includes the same powerful ingredients. Vitamin A, for example, helps alleviate spots and blemishes, magnesium promises to soothe redness, omega 3 targets inflammation and zinc is said to strengthen your locks. Collagen, on the other hand, is indispensable for tackling skin ageing. This structural protein is produced by our bodies and ensures supple skin. But as we age, production decreases. The result? Your skin slackens and wrinkles and fine lines become more visible. The ageing process starts sooner than you think. Once you reach 25, your skin loses one per cent of its collagen every year. During the first five years after menopause, your collagen reserves even decrease by 30 per cent. External factors such as sugary food, smoking and sunlight can speed up the process even more.

Cream or supplement?
To make up for the shortage, you can apply collagen creams. They promise a firmer skin, but unfortunately the reality is less beautiful. The structure of collagen is simply too large to penetrate the skin barrier, so your skin cannot absorb the building material. A collagen cream therefore only has a moisturising effect, whereas collagen supplements do seem to be promising. They often contain hydrolysed collagen: collagen that has been cut into small pieces, allowing your body to absorb it well. The protein in such a collagen drink penetrates into your bones, tendons and joints and also ends up in your skin. Scientific studies show that it reduces the appearance of wrinkles, increases elasticity and improves hydration. A nice bonus: collagen drinks often also contain hyaluronic acid, an important building block that provides hydration and volume and that is also produced by the body in smaller quantities over the years.

Smart extras
So do we have to stop moisturising? It doesn't have to be this way. Beauty supplements nourish your skin from the inside out, but creams are still important to take care of the skin surface. Smart skincare provides a boost, by the way. Ingredients like vitamin C and retinol are essential for collagen production, so they are interesting extras in your cream. For the ultimate boost from within, we recommend a silicon tablet on top of your collagen supplement. Silicon is one of the most important building blocks of your connective tissues and protects the production of collagen. An ample supply of silicon helps prevent wrinkles, dry hair and brittle nails. By the way, did you know that silicon also tackles cellulite? Win-win!

The Belène® Silicon Anti-Age Beauty Pill nourishes the skin from within. Thanks to the powerful combination of Vitamin C and silicon with high bioavailability, you will enjoy improved hydration and a radiant complexion after just 30 days. After three months, you will see optimal results. Your skin feels more elastic and fine lines and wrinkles are less visible. Your hair and nails are also firmer than ever.

Tip: for the best result combine the Belène® Silicium Anti-Age Beauty Pill with the Belène Collagen Anti-Age Beauty Drink, a food supplement that in addition to collagen also contains hyaluronic acid and a complex of vitamins and minerals.