Taking supplements orally for the healthy skin and hair care has become a popular trend but its effectiveness is still in question. Will it really cause the effects it says on the label? Or whether its use will allow us to skip on the creams and traditional cosmetics. The hydrolyzed collagen that is sold on supplements acts by the action of its peptides on the organism, which will make the body produce some of the collagen that was lost with time. It is usually combined with vitamins A, C, E and zinc, which are also very important substances to improve the appearance of skin as a whole.
Being said that, studies demonstrate that the ingestion of these products (especially with medical supervision) is helpful to improve the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin firmer. It can also help in the appearance of enlarged pores which become larger with aging as a result of collagen loss. These results start to appear after a few months of use and can disappear If the use is discontinued.
On the other hand, moisturizers and other cosmetics that are applied on the skin surface are better to improve skin hydration, texture, and external protection, as it is necessary to use both and treat the skin inside out.
Here are some important details to be remembered:
Sun protection should always be applied, not ingested! The ingestion of water, alimentary and sleep habits and exposure to pollution and excessive sun without protection are also important factors that can affect the result of cosmetic treatments (taken orally or applied on the skin) more quickly or not happen at all. Healthy skin is a product of all these factors and your body will make sure it shows!
About the Author: MSci Maísa Melo is a Pharmacist and a current Ph.D. student in cosmetic technology, from São Paulo, Brazil. She has earned her master’s degree from the University of São Paulo and has been involved with the development, stability, safety, and efficacy of cosmetics since 2013. She has specialized in the clinical efficacy of cosmetics by biophysical and skin imaging techniques as well as the use of alternative models to animal testing. Her research work has been published in several scientific journals and books chapters from the field.