Are you looking to start a beauty supplements routine, yet are confused by all the information out there?
As a licensed skin care professional, I can definitely help you.
WHAT BEAUTY SUPPLEMENTS DO I NEED FOR SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS?
Glow Beauty Fuel spent several years researching the formulas and flavors for our bars and we found that the following 4 supplements ingested daily will lead to glowing skin, shinier hair and stronger nails.
And dosage matters! We, unlike other bars, feel proud of our transparently communicating our doses. Because more is not necessarily better in the science of supplements. The following are the recommended doses for collagen and collagen supportive ingredients for the most effective results:
- COLLAGEN: Scientific studies in dosing trials show 2.5-5 grams of hydrolyzed collagen are effective for thicker hair, stronger nails and a plumper, radiant skin. Every Glow Beauty Fuel bar contains 6 grams of hydrolyzed collagen peptides. Our collagen scientist says that more is not necessarily better or more effective.
- HYALURONIC ACID: 80-120 mg a day for 1 month is shown to significantly improve moisture in skin. Glow Beauty Fuel adds 120 mg to each protein bar.
- HIBISCUS FLOWER: 100-250 mg daily is sufficient to see firmer, brighter skin in 1 month for most people. 400 mg of Hibiscus flower is blended into Glow Beauty Fuel protein bars.
- VITAMIN C: 80-90mg a day allows collagen to be highly bioavailable, and is skin’s best anti-aging antioxidant. Glow Beauty Fuel bars have 90 mg of Vitamin C in each bar.
LOOK FOR HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN PEPTIDES
Hydrolyzed Collagen peptides are short chain bioactive molecules generated by enzymatic digestion of collagen and can be well-absorbed. Collagen peptides versus “collagen boosters” are the most effective to repair muscle tissue, gut health, bones,
teeth and nails. Additionally, studies show bovine collagen peptides reduce the look of wrinkles by plumping skin and increasing moisture.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN BUYING BEAUTY SUPPLEMENTS
There are some skincare supplements that claim to be collagen boosters that don’t contain one ounce of collagen! Check the labels carefully.
LOOK OUT FOR PRODUCTS THAT SAY THEY CONTAIN “VEGAN COLLAGEN”
Products with “vegan collagen” are misleading because if you look closely, their ”proprietary vegan collagen” ingredients(s) are “collagen boosters” or “collagen supporters,” but contain ZERO collagen.
This is not to say that ingredients like: silica, biotin, keratin, algae, pearl, Sea buckthorn oil, mushrooms and plant stem cells, aren’t helpful and support your own production of collagen BUT don’t be fooled into thinking these will give you the same results as hydrolyzed bovine collagen.
LOOK FOR HYDROLYZED, GRASS-FED BOVINE COLLAGEN AND AVOID OTHERS LIKE MARINE
Independent studies show that bovine collagen is more potent than other collagens– here’s why:
Grass-fed, bovine collagen contains collagen Types 1 AND 3, whereas marine collagen contains 1 and 2 (not type 3). BOTH 1 and 3 are essential for optimum beauty benefits. Type 3 collagen also contains high levels of proline, which is the most important amino acid for skin, hair and nail health.
Grass-fed bovine collagen can heal the body from the inside out. Bovine collagen repairs skin tissues and leaky gut by sealing damaged intestinal lining.
Some marine collagen brands claim that marine collagen is more bioavailable than bovine collagen but all hydrolyzed collagen peptides are taken up equally by the body with the aid of Vitamin C.
In addition to improving the health of your skin, hair and nails, Type 1 Collagen also helps repair deep wounds, tendons, skin, artery walls, cornea, the endomysium that surrounds muscle fibers, bones, teeth and fibrocartilage.
Type 3 Collagen works within the granular tissues of the skin, the young fibroblasts, before the stronger, tougher Type 1 collagen integrates, blending together, called reticular fiber. Type 3 collagen is found in the delicate parts of the body and connective tissue. It is found in the artery walls, skin, intestines and uterus. It is also found in the lymph and bone marrow.
Another reason I don’t recommend marine collagen is because you never know what you’re going to get. “Marine collagen” is different from “Fish collagen” and is a blanket term for any aquatic creature that is dredged up from the sea whether it is a jellyfish, shellfish, or shark- these sources may or may not be made into bioavailable collagen and could cause allergic reactions. Also, sharks are endangered, so if that is meaningful to you, you should think twice before buying marine collagen.
BEWARE OF COLLAGEN CREAMERS
“Collagen falls apart at temperatures above body temperature, turning it into plain gelatin –
yes, the stuff in Jell-O. At these higher temperatures – when added to hot coffee, for example
– collagen’s molecular structure melts, diminishing or even negating the desired health
Brooke Russell, Collagen PHD
Go for collagen drinks that are no warmer than body temperature, and best yet, eat your collagen blended with award winning chocolate, rich flavors, and culinary ingredients. Glow Beauty Fuel never heats hydrolyzed bovine collagen so you get maximum results.
FYI This goes for heating vegetables, medicinal mushrooms, and collagen.
CHECK FOR DOSAGE
Before you shop, take notes of independent studies that show the effective dosage range of supplements. IF A BRAND DOESN’T REVEAL THE AMOUNT OF SUPPLEMENTS IN THEIR PRODUCTS, YOU CAN BET THEY’RE CUTTING CORNERS AND SPRINKLING IN AN INEFFECTIVE AMOUNT! Glow Beauty Fuel is fully transparent, calling out recommended dosing and the amount of all 4 clinically proven supplements in their products.
DON’T FALL FOR TOPICAL COLLAGEN ABSORPTION CLAIMS
Topical collagen creams, while they feel amazing, do NOT penetrate the dermis or subcutaneous layers of the skin, as the molecules are simply too large. Topical collagen does not stimulate the production of your own collagen like ingesting bovine collagen peptides does.
WHAT IF I AM A VEGETARIAN AND CANNOT CONSUME BOVINE PRODUCTS?
We, at Glow Beauty Fuel are always on the lookout for ways to serve our vegetarian and vegan customers. So, continue to follow us for progress in this area. In the meantime, -we want to be very clear- there is no such thing as “vegan collagen” on the market– YET. Check the ingredients when you see marketing messages like this because what you will often find is a few ingredients that are good for the skin, but they do not compare with what actual bovine collagen can do for your skin, bones, and muscle tone.
While we do the work of finding ways to serve you, remember that supplements alone cannot replace exercise, healthy eating habits and some kind of regular stress reduction like meditation. Tai chi, mindfulness techniques, yoga, or breathwork are some of the many ways to become a more balanced, holistic, beautiful human. You can find me de-stressing with forest bathing, biking, rock hopping in local streams and foraging medicinal mushrooms. I think we can all agree- the less stress hormones, the better! To find what works best for you, listen to your body, be conscious of your mind and what you’re giving your energy to.
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.” -Sam Levenson