What makes a supplement good for your skin? HYDRATION EFFECT.
How do you know if a supplement is working? HYDRATION EFFECT.
- Take a supplement you expect to improve skin hydration.
- If your skin feels hydrated (especially smooth) within 1 to 12 hours, then it’s working.
- Consistent hydration effect. Use after use; day after day. That’s what these do:
1. Hyaluronic Acid (wikipedia, Hyaluronan)
- Commonly prescribed for joint pains – because it works nearly instantly for systemic joint lubrication (relieving tendonosis pain, for example).
- But it’s also the best skin hydrating supplement I’ve found. I experience a surge of skin hydration within 2 hours of taking a typical dose of 100mg.
- Be careful with a topical, liquid form. Hyaluronic acid can dry your skin out, if it’s too concentrated when applied directly onto your skin.
2. Bioavailable Silica (wikipedia, Choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid)
- I prefer the liquid form. Use topically; mixed in water; or fit 25-ish drops into an empty 00-size capsule.
- I usually “man mix it” with some San Pellegrino or Gerolsteiner mineral water, and squeeze 20 to 30 drops from the Jarrow bottle. Tastes bad on its own, but adds a pleasant flavor when mixed with carbonated water.
- “Horsetail” supplements contain silica, but not a magically “active” form as in JarroSil or BioSil. You won’t feel a massive skin hydrating effect from horsetail.
3. Salt. Yes, salt…
- Too much salt will dehydrate you. But most people are deficient in REAL SALT: Ancient mineral salt.
- Ever get chapped lips? 9 times out of 10, that’s due to salt deficiency. Gobble a 1/2 teaspoon of good salt, in water, and chapped lips disappear.
- I usually buy in bulk from The Spice Lab.
- I prefer ancient salt, rather than sea salt. Oceans are too polluted.
- Beware of imitation salt. You don’t want colored sodium-chloride. You want ancient crystal salt from underneath mountains or dead seas.
- Most often “Himalayan salt” is from Pakistan. Nothing wrong with that.
WHAT ELSE? Collagen. From grass-fed cows. It’s actually scrubbed from the inside of cowhide, oddly enough. It’s cow skin, basically.
- Mix the powder in hot water (collagen is heat stable). Drink. To improve the taste, you might add cinnamon powder, and even Xylitol (from birch bark).
- It’s commonly claimed that collagen needs Vitamin-C to be utilized.
- Try this: 2 tablespoons of collagen powder (in warm water), plus 2-to-4 grams ascorbic acid (in capsules), on an empty stomach in the morning, or before bed.
MSM (wikipedia, Methylsulfonylmethane)
- Helps retain skin hydration.
- Probably the most well-known skin & joint supplement.
- Basically it’s a secondary supplement, to improve the effects of the top three above.
TOPICAL? Avocado oil.
- Has a long-lasting hydrating / healing / smoothing-out wrinkles effect.
- Absorbs very well into skin – better than olive oil. Coconut oil, for example, absorbs very poorly.
- I use an organic, unrefined avocado oil from Mountain Rose Herbs (often sold out).