The anti-wrinkle pill: Forget Botox and face creams – more women than ever are turning to supplements to defy the ageing process | Mail Online

| July 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
Dietary supplements

Dietary supplements (Photo credit: Andrei Z)

The idea of eating ourselves beautiful is not new. But could the key to keeping wrinkles at bay be found in a tablet rather than a face cream?

In the past year, nutraceuticals – dietary supplements, once a niche area of the beauty business – have taken off.

Today, alongside anti-ageing lotions and serums are glossy bottles of capsules and pills.

Rather than being sold in health-food stores in practical pots fit only to be hidden behind the kettle in the kitchen, the new offerings are designed to look beautiful in your bathroom and are sold in the smartest places – Liberty stocks Dr Perricone supplements, while Selfridges sells the Inner Me and.

And many skincare firms such as Caudalie, Healthspan Nurture and Yllume now offer supplements alongside their face creams, for a full-scale assault on ageing skin.

So, is this the logical extension of a beauty regime – supporting your skin from the inside as well as from the outside?

A COCKTAIL OF BOOSTERS

Some ands advocate the power of the naturally occurring protein collagen to help the skin produce more of its own to support the structure and firmness.

Anything that helps maintain collagen levels in the skin will keep it looking younger as natural levels of collagen start to fall in your mid-30s and by the age of 55 may have fallen by 40 per cent. Less collagen means skin that sags and wrinkles.

Other supplements focus on high-strength antioxidants such as astaxanthin (which is found in minute crustaceans), lycopene (found in tomatoes) or resveratrol (which is extracted from grapes). More…Anti-ageing cream which uses LIGHT to improve the complexion set to sell out on day oneNHS refused me skin removal surgery because I DIDN’T have a gastric bad: Mother who lost eight stone through sensible diet and exercise is denied treatment’Plastic-looking’ CGI characters could soon look more human as researchers unveil high-definition facial scanner to capture every skin cell and wrinkle

Antioxidants help counteract the effects of free radicals, unstable molecules in our body’s cells which help speed up the ageing process, and astaxanthin and lycopene have been shown to help protect skin from ultraviolet light. Resveratrol is a particularly potent antioxidant, hailed as a wonder-worker in slowing the effects of ageing.

Other supplements contain ceramides (which help the skin retain moisture) and hyaluronic acid, claiming they may help soften wrinkles and smooth the complexion.

Inside mosturise: A increasing number of women are using pills and capsules alongside their normal face creams to keep wear and tear at baySee full story on dailymail.co.uk

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