Skin and Beauty formula: what's inside?
The VITL Nutrition Team
Our in-house Nutrition Team break down our ‘Skin and Beauty’ product, explaining what the formula contains and how the ingredients help you feel your best.
Our skin is our largest organ (weighing approx 3.6kg) 1 and it usually bears the first signs if there is something abnormal happening in the body, from a disbalance of certain hormones to an allergic reaction.
Nutritional status in regards to macro and micro-nutrients have a direct impact on skin health and appearance, and this is evident when we look at the many vitamin deficiencies that result in significant disorders of the skin 2.
Due to its size and importance in many areas of our health, it is unsurprising to see how many nutrients have an impact on our skin health. Our Skin and Beauty formula has been designed with a few facets in mind to optimise your skin health and outer beauty.
The following nutrients:
- Vitamin C
all contribute to the maintenance of healthy skin 3. We've included them in our Skin and Beauty formula and here's why:
Vitamin C (chemical name: ascorbic acid) is one of the most well known vitamins. Humans are the only mammals along with monkeys and apes unable to produce it, so we must consume it on a daily basis in our diet. 4
Research suggests that vitamin C has a crucial role to play in the formation of collagen 5, an abundant protein that is crucial to the skin's structure. Several studies have also shown that vitamin C can prevent damage to the skin from pollutants 6 and from UV damage 7. Another study (RCT) demonstrated a significant increase in skin elasticity and an improvement in skin texture after daily supplementation of various micronutrients including vitamin C after 90 days 8.
Zinc is an essential mineral that has a wide number of benefits for our health. It provides structure to our skin and aids in wound healing. Various research papers suggest that oral supplementation of zinc over the course of 6-12 weeks significantly reduces acne in patients diagnosed with the condition compared to patients receiving a placebo. 9
Another study found that the supplementation of zinc along with a few other nutrients such as vitamin C, biotin and vitamin E significantly improved skin hydration, elasticity, roughness, and density after 12 weeks. 10
We researched beta carotene which is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in the body. Beta carotene may support your skin’s health by protecting it against UV damage 11, 12.
As well as vitamins and minerals, we have also looked at botanical extracts which may support skin health. Turmeric has been used for hundreds of years around the world for its numerous healing properties. Curcumin, an active component of turmeric, has been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects (inflammation has been associated in the development of skin conditions including psoriasis) 13. Clinical trials have demonstrated a beneficial effect of turmeric/curcumin on various skin conditions demonstrating benefits for skin health 14, 15.
Important to note is the poor bioavailability of turmeric when ingested on its own. Black pepper has been shown to increase the bioavailability (proportion of a drug/ substance which enters the circulation that is able to have an active effect) of nutrients, especially turmeric, vitamin C and beta carotene 16, which is why you will also find black pepper in our Skin and Beauty formulation.
With all these amazing nutrients packed into our formulation, we hope you love our Skin and Beauty product as much as we do!
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