The interest in beauty-focused supplements, or edible beauty, is not new but it has exploded in recent years and it’s thought the edible beauty market could be worth $3.7bn globally by 2022.
Closer to home, Arnotts department store saw a 740 per cent increase in sales following the introduction of beauty supplement brands such as Advanced Nutrition Programme and The Nue Co to its Beauty Hub last year.
As interest in skin health and overall wellbeing increases, formulations have become more focused and sophisticated. These days, many supplements are chicly packaged and boast beneficial ingredients aimed at everything from reducing inflammation – a key factor in skin ageing – and encouraging hair growth to improving skin and general wellbeing by focusing on gut health.
Much as you’d pop a multi-vitamin every morning to supplement your diet, adding a beauty-focused capsule or drink to your daily routine just might shore up a few nutritional gaps - and could have more of an impact than you might think.
Collagen Skin Booster, €63.13, Herbalife Nutrition at Herbalife.ie
Designed to support healthy skin, hair and nails this daily drink contains high-grade collagen peptides, vitamins C and A, niacin and zinc. One Irish Tatler team member swears by it, noting improvements in their overall feeling of wellness since taking them.
The Skin Calmer
Beauty and Immunity Support, €54, Aurelia
Aurelia has long had probiotics and skin health at the heart of its skincare. Tapping into the connection between gut health and skin health these new supplements have three strains of probiotics to support both.
The Nail Strengthener
Perfectil Plus Nails, €25.57, Vitabiotics
Perfectil Plus Nails contains selenium, which contributes to the maintenance of normal nails, and copper, which helps maintain connective tissue. There's also a natural source of silica, and other vitamins and minerals in there too.
The Collagen Kick
Collagen Love, €51.26, HUM Nutrition at CultBeauty.com
The idea for Hum Nutrition came from co-founder Walter Faulstroh’s own struggles with skin problems and adult acne. Collagen Love, which aims to help skin’s elasticity and firmness, contains collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to help with the visible signs of ageing.
The Cell Booster
Cellular Regenerate, €57.50, Rejuvenated
Rejuvenated’s latest launch aims to support cellular health and tackle oxidative stress. The hero is nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) which works to boost a key enzyme that protects cells and generates cellular energy. From rejuvenated.com and ailesburylite.ie.
The Hair Hero
Hair + Energy, €35, JSHealth
The best-selling Hair + Energy from Australian brand JSHealth contains iodine sourced from kelp to help support hair growth, as well as zinc, which helps maintain healthy hair, skin and nails.
The inflammation reducer
Green Coffee, €19.95, Circle of Light
Irish brand Circle of Light's range of green coffee products harnesses the power of ferulic acid, a "super-antioxidant" found in unroasted coffee beans. Green Coffee also has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties while inulin, a natural prebiotic fibre, helps to rebalance the gut microbiome.
The Plant-Based alternative
Radiant Collagyn, €44, Ancient + Brave at Brown Thomas
Collagyn, Ancient+ Brave’s vegan-friendly alternative to collagen, contains five key amino acids as well as botanical extracts and buffered vitamin C to help protect cells from oxidative stress and support collagen renewal.
The Hyaluronic Hit
Hyaluronic Acid, €19.16, Swedish Nutra
This daily supplement powder from Swedish Nutra is made from premium grade hyaluronic acid, along with vitamin C and silica. It helps to nourish the collagen naturally produced by the body and can also help to preserve bone strength. Available from selected pharmacies nationwide.
The Stress Buster
Skin Clear Biome, €68, Advanced Nutrition Programme at Arnotts
Designed for stressed skin, Skin Clear Biome focuses on gut health. It contains four strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast which work together to help support gut flora, reducing irritation and boosting skin’s general health.
The On-the-go Spray
Hair, Skin & Nails Daily Oral Spray, €19.95, Better You
Better You teamed up with nutritional therapist and cookery writer Madeleine Shaw for this all-round booster. It contains six nutrients, including zinc, selenium and vitamin C, to help support hair, skin and nail health. Available in selected health shops and pharmacies nationwide.
The Hair restorer
Quinine KERATINcaps, RRP€24, Klorane
French hair care brand Klorane has just launched a new supplement in its Quinine range, which focuses on helping thinning hair. They contain zinc and selenium to help nourish the hair bulb, which in turn helps to support fuller, thicker and shinier looking hair. Available in pharmacies nationwide.
The chewable skincare
Good Skin gummies, €33.95, Lashilé
As the name suggests, the Good Skin gummies from French brand Lashilé work to improve the appearance of skin and boost collagen production thanks to the likes of hyaluronic acid, Coenzyme Q10, vitamin C and vitamin E.
A shorter version of this article appeared in Irish Tatler April 2021. Subscribe here.
Main image: JSHealth