"You can only absorb so much through the outside," says naturopathic doctor Taryn Forrelli, Vice President of Innovation at Olly. Your skin care and hair products can't make up for a lackluster diet -- but beauty supplements can.
Whether it's our crazy schedules or vegan-gluten-free-paleo diets, one thing is certain: Many of us just aren't getting the nutrients we need for the gorgeous skin, hair and nails we want, says Forrelli. "To get all the basic vitamins and minerals, just for baseline function, you would need to consume at least nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day," she explains. "Only about 10 percent of people are actually getting that amount. So for the rest of us, that's where a multivitamin and beauty supplements can help fill in the gaps."
Still, with so many beauty supplements out there claiming to make hair longer, nails stronger and skin glowier, it can all start to sound like B.S. -- especially because supplements aren't regulated by the FDA. So, where do you start?
"Just like every other organ in your body, your skin, hair and nails need to start with a solid nutritional base for those cells to be healthy and strong," says Forrelli. Once you do, your hair, skin and nail health will reflect that."
While beauty supplements seem like a fast-pass for beauty, Forrelli says results are anything but immediate. Expect to wait four to six months to see a difference --especially in hair and nails.
If you have the patience, these 16 beauty supplements might just give you perfect skin, bouncy hair and hand-model hands -- it's as easy as popping a pill.
Beauty Supplement: Hum Raw Beauty, $39
The product contains a powerful mix of antioxidants, probiotics, and fiber -- all derived from anti-aging plant sources like wheatgrass, barley grass and acai powder (among many more). While the supplement may be packed full of leafy greens, it certainly doesn't taste like it. The mint chocolate flavor is subtle enough that you can add it to smoothies, coffee, almond milk or whatever concoction your heart desires.
The bonus? The superfood blend not only gives you radiant skin from the inside out, it's also designed to increase your metabolism and energy throughout the day so you can burn fat and skip the afternoon coffee.
Beauty Supplement: The Beauty Chef Body Inner Beauty Powder, $80
Beauty Supplement: Olly Nutrition Vibrant Skin, $13.99
There's also a lot of goodness packed into this gummy. The beauty supplement contains hyaluronic acid (an anti-aging ingredient that helps your skin hold onto moisture) and collagen to improve elasticity. While hyaluronic acid may be an all-star ingredient, Forrelli says collagen plays an equally important role in turning back the hands of time.
"As we age, we naturally produce less collagen and hyaluronic acid, starting at age 25," Forrelli shares. "That's why starting early with these beauty supplements is so beneficial. When you supplement with collagen, it helps to provide more structure, smooth out the skin and essentially slow down that process of skin aging."