If you’re noticing a few unwelcome changes in the mirror—such as crow’s feet, laugh lines, and dry, rough skin—then it might be time to check out three supplements that have the research to prove they could help you defy your age.
Supplements to Keep Skin Young
Collagen, a type of protein, gives skin that stretchy yet firm feel associated with youth. As collagen production lessens with time, skin develops wrinkles and loses its plumpness. You can supplement your body’s dwindling collagen supply with supplements or skin products containing collagen to help keep skin firmer and smoother.
The trace mineral silicon works in a few ways to keep skin younger looking, including by helping your body form connective tissue. Taking silica, or a bioavailable form of silicon called orthosilicic acid, can roll back the clock on sun damage. A 2005 study showed that after five months of taking 10 milligrams (mg) of orthosilicic acid a day, women developed softer, smoother, more elastic skin. The women’s hair and nails were significantly less brittle by the end of the study too.
Ceramides, fats found in the top layers of skin, can be taken as a supplement to help the skin retain moisture. Studies in women find that ceramides taken daily can help correct dry skin by upping moisture levels in the skin. Ceramides in a topical moisturizer have been shown to help women being treated for acne by preventing skin dryness and irritation that can develop with that treatment.