Skincare That Works From the Inside Out

Collagen-Supplements-for-Skin-CareWe're sure that when you think of treating your skin, slathering on serums, oils and lotions comes to mind. For us, too!  But there's more... complimenting these topicals with nutricosmetics may be the best move you can make for your skin. We talked to New York City Dermatologist, Doris Day, to get the scoop.

Use as a compliment, not a substitution  Supplements don'tt take place of your topical skincare. While topicals address external needs of your skin, supplements and nutricosmetics optimize internal needs like aging and inflammation. This creates what Day refers to as, " a synergistic skin care program."

Nutricosmetics People sometimes describe nutricosmetics as “supplements,” but unlike supplements, they are designed to have highly targeted benefits to the skin. So while there are nutricosmetic products to help treat acne and even out the skin tone, there are others to help hydrate the skin, target fine lines and wrinkles. "They can also be formulated to complement aesthetic treatments," Day explains.

The benefits "By treating the skin from the inside out, you are supporting the structure and function of the skin," Day explains. Therefore, the overall health of your skin (remember: the largest organ of you body) will improve due to supplements. Plus, any underlying skin issues you may not even be able to see yet, are best treated when using oral skincare.

What to look for Of course, like any other skincare, we recommend you speak to your dermatologist to find products that are clinically proven and formulated to target your specific issues.  Day suggests looking for omega-3’s, berry extracts, hyaluronic acid.  Also, as we are big SPF advocates at BeautySweetSpot, ingredients that help protect the skin from UV damage such as Heliocare, Lycopene, CoQ10 are also available in this supplement form.

2012 Beauty Trend: Nutricosmetics Make A Come Back, Plus My Favorite One

Looking a bit ahead into next year, one of the biggest beauty trends will be a strong demand for nutri-cosmetics.  Yes, they're back in a bigger way.  Think antioxidant infused foods and drinks like Borba Gummi Bear Boosters and Glowelle taken to the next level.  I've always been a fan of Votre Vu's SnapDragon drink, which also just launched a body cream with the same ingredients. Even though the predicted trend for 2012 is a demand for nutri-cosmetics, you know as much as I do that women will never replace their daily anti-aging serums, moisturizers and scrubs for them and they shouldn't.  Instead, they'll become an additive to our beauty regimens as good-for-your skin drinks can't hurt.  I'm anxious to see how these supplements will be taken to the next level.

Out of what's on shelves now, one of my faves is Votre Vu's SnapDragon  and is blended with mango, pomegranate and acai berry juices, teas and seven vitamins including collagen, aloe vera and ginko biolba.  It tastes delicious and like green juice, it gives me that focused type of energy.

Their new body cream, SnapDragon Creme Pour Le Corps, is loaded with the exact same ingredients as the drink (clever!).  I have to admit though, it caught my attention at first because it's bright orange! Once I got over the color, I admired the light-weight texture that seeped into my skin and absorbed in seconds.  It's a just heavy enough for this time of year.


Nutricosmetics Invade Dial Lotions

So far one of the biggest trends this year that I've recognized is that people are purchasing items that do more for them.  Take for example Wheat Thins.  It used to be that people would buy the one's that said "Fat Free," "Low Carb," and "Guilt Free Snack" on the label, but today's shopper is different. We're all looking for more.  Instead, we're picking up the boxes that read things like "Added Fiber." I thought of food first when writing this post, maybe because it's almost dinner time and I'm hungry, but what I was getting to is a new beauty product that just added more – I'm talking about Dial Lotions merging with what we know as nutricosmetics – added vitamins and minerals to give it a boost creating Dial NutriSkin Innovation.

Regular moisturizer doesn't cut it anymore.  The Dial NutriSkin Innovation comes in five varieties (including one for men) and can be found in drugstores.   What added benefits to you look for in your beauty products when shopping?