How we take care of ourself — both on the inside and the outside — is reflected on not only our skin but our body systems as a whole. While we cannot stop the natural process of aging from happening nor how genetics might influence our skin, we can turn daily habits into body nourishing practices that support our optimal skin health.
We can drink clean, fresh water. We can eat balanced meals full of nutrient dense fruits, veggies, and protein. We can support our digestive processes by moving our bodies, incorporating bitter foods, and eating real, whole foods full of fiber.
In addition to supporting your body with holistic lifestyle aspects mentioned above, there are also supplements that you can incorporate into your daily regimen to support optimal skin health from the inside out.
7 Herbs and Supplements to Support Optimal Skin Health
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant which supports collagen production. As we age, our collagen production plummets which results in fine lines and sagging skin. By incorporating more vitamin C into your diet and topically in the form of oil serums and water-based serums, it can support collagen synthesis, potentially increasing the strength and structure of your skin.
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An essential nutrient that improves your skin and hair as well as the potential to reduce inflammation, reduce the markers of heart disease, and ability to support the body in reducing depression. You can learn more about why essential fatty acids are essential for optimal skin health in this blog post.
Milk thistle is a huge liver lover and a free radical scavenger. Are you picking up the theme here? Antioxidants are essential for a healthy body and mind. When it comes to choosing an antioxidant, it's really all about finding the one that works best for you and your lifestyle.
Bitter herbs, such as dandelion, milk thistle, gentian, and artichoke, all have gut and whole body supporting properties. By stimulating digestion through the use of these bitter herbs in your daily life, the better your body can cleanse through natural detoxifying processes which result in clear, healthy skin. Another well known herb for clearing skin of imbalances is Oregon grape root.
Supporting the gut has mind- and body-wide impact. Healthy digestion is essential. Probiotics can support the gut in better digesting nutrients in your food while supporting free radical scavenging.
A final note that I'm an herbalist and not a doctor nor a dietitian or nutritionist so please take extra care when adding additional supplements to your regimen without first consulting your healthcare team.