Could beauty actually be found in a pill? While there certainly aren't any magic potions out there to instantly erase all of your skin woes, there are a handful of supplements that are proven to boost the health of your body's largest organ.
Chock full of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid, evening primrose oil provides a variety of benefits to the body, including beautiful skin. Says Dr. Andrew Weil, practitioner of integrative medicine, "Evening primrose oil nourishes the skin, hair, nails, even the joints. The GLA it contains helps strengthen the skin barrier and reduces moisture loss… I recommend it for arthritis, autoimmune disorders, premenstrual syndrome, and for healthy growth of skin, hair, and nails." Weil suggests a dosage of 1,000 milligrams per day and advises waiting eight weeks to see results.
If you are already taking an omega-3 supplement, you are on the right track for gorgeous skin. Not only a great supplement for fighting off cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's, omega-3 is also shown to assist the skin in warding off UV-inflicted sun damage. Facialist Ildi Pekar told The Huffington Post, "Fish oil is great for your heart and health but especially your skin," adding that omega-3 also fights acne and wrinkles.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is one of the vital building blocks of skin. Our bodies produce less and less collagen as we age, resulting in skin's loss of firmness. While collagen can be found in a variety of foods we eat, it is not easily assimilated by our bodies. High quality collagen supplements, however, have been broken down into bio-available peptides, which studies now show can improve the signs of skin aging like wrinkles, loss of moisture, and reduced elasticity. Collagen peptides are taken in a powder form that easily blend into smoothies or soups.