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The best beauty supplements for the New Year

The best beauty supplements for the New Year: Image 1 Helen Bond, Consultant dietitian to The Harley Medical Group, says "Food and drink should always come first in terms of feeding your skin, hair and nails, and nourishing your body. In theory, a varied, well-balanced diet should provide all of the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, but with all the pressures of day-to-day life, this isn't always an easy thing to do and sometimes it is hard to get enough of certain nutrients from diet alone."

"Making sure your body has all the vitamins and minerals it needs, at any given time will help your body do what it does best - help you survive and thrive in 2018. But, whilst you are always much better off getting your vitamins and minerals from your plate, rather than a pill, and supplements in any form can never match the nutrition found in whole foods, beauty supplements could give your skin, hair and nails an extra boost by helping to bridge the gap between any dietary inadequacies and providing you with nutrients that are vital to their glowing health."
"If you're concerned that your diet is not balanced or you believe that your skin, hair and nails could do with an extra boost, it would be best to speak to your GP, a State Registered Dietitian or a pharmacist for tailored advice before taking beauty supplements, especially if you are taking any medicines, your pregnant or breastfeeding."

FOR HEALTHY HAIR Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements
Zinc is an important mineral for health and wellbeing, but also for maintaining healthy hair.A zinc deficiency can cause hair loss and worryingly, national dietary survey's reveal that 22% of teenage girls aged 11-18 years and 6% of women aged between 19-64 years have seriously low zinc intakes and would benefit from eating more zinc rich foods or taking a supplement to top up their intakes.
Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements will supply a good amount of this mineral, as well as other key hair nutrients such as biotin, helping to maintain normal hair growth from within.

FOR GLOWING SKIN Solgar Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex
This is one of the most popular skin supplements as it advertises to help keep the skin looking soft, supple and glowing. Collagen makes up 70% of the weight of the dermis, 12 the inner layer of the skin, and provides supple flexibility and supports elastin, the protein that allows the skin to stretch and return to its original shape. Each tablet provides 100mg vitamin C (125% of the recommended daily amount), which is important for normal collagen formation.

As well as providing vitamin C, which is vital for the formation of collagen and to repair damage from pollution, cigarette smoke and car fumes, Colladeen Visage also provides 50% of our daily needs of two important B vitamins - biotin and niacin - essential for healthy skin. Plus a yellow pigment called lutein, which is naturally found in spinach (its yellowness is hidden by the more dominant green pigments present) and has been shown to play a protective role against the damaging effects of sunlight on skin and in turn may help improve the skin's elasticity.

FOR BLEMISH-FREE SKIN Holland & Barrett Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radicals. The oxidative stress caused by free radicals in the skin can alter the environment in your sebaceous skin glands, making the glands more hospitable to acne-causing bacteria. Vitamin A also helps prevent acne by reducing the production of pore-clogging sebum in your skin. Its ability to reduce sebum production makes vitamin A particularly beneficial for people who have both acne and oily skin. While it is important to have enough vitamin A, and many population groups have low levels of this fat soluble vitamin, we should not have too much of it! Vitamin A is stored in the body and excess amounts can have a toxic effect in the body. More so, pregnant women are not recommended to take vitamin A supplements, or any supplements containing vitamin A (retinol), as too much could harm the baby!

FOR CALM, EVEN SKINTONE Seven Seas Simply Timeless Cod Liver Oil Maximum Strength
Intakes of omega-3 rich oily fish remain well below the recommended one portion (140g) per week, despite the fact that omega-3s are well known for their heart health and circulatory benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids are also believed to be important for healthy skin - helping to keep cells water tight and well hydrated. They also have a potential anti-inflammatory role, helping to relieve any dryness and redness, so may be useful in treating various skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, itching, and skin redness. If you don't regularly eat oily fish, such as herring, mackerel, fresh tuna and salmon, or don't like it, a quality fish oil supplement can help top up your intakes of this essential fatty acid. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can nourish your skin. Low omega-3 fatty acid levels can cause dry and irritated skin so taking Fish Oil can improve the condition of dry skin, adding the glow back. It is also useful in treating various skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, itching, skin redness, skin lesions, and rashes.

For more information, www.harleymedical.co.uk

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