We love testing new skincare products; whether they’re weird af or they make our skin feel amazing, we just get a kick out of it. But we also know that no matter how expensive or great the ingredients are, if we’re eating badly we’re still going to break out – and no amount of highlighter can fake that natural glow. So, even though the right skincare regime will have a major impact on your skin, there are some crazy ingredients that you can eat and drink that will give your skin a boost like nothing else – and we know, because we’ve tried them! Ingestible beauty – an ingredient you swallow – is one of the most potent and effective ways to beautify your skin and body from within. So, even though these five ingredients are ahhhhmazing when applied topically, they’re even more powerful when ingested. If you’re not yet trying one, here’s five you should consider:
Good for: Anti-aging, scar-healing, hair growth
How to take: Drink it, pop a pill
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in your body, and it’s what makes your skin look plump, aids your skin in healing and keeps your joints healthy. The older you get, the less your body produces, which is one of the reasons wrinkles start appearing and your skin sags. Drinking collagen can not only reverse the visual appearances of aging on your skin, but it can help to heal scarring and acne, as well as promote glossy hair and stronger fingernails. Find out our best tips for trying collagen here.
Good for: Stress, balancing oily skin, hair growth
How to take: Eat them
Possibly the coolest and most impressive ingredient to hit the health and beauty industry recently is hemp! It turns out the seeds of the Cannabis plant are a crazy nutritious mix of protein, minerals, and healthy fats. They’re bursting with amino acids too, so they’re one of the best things you can take to help restore your body after a workout. Amazingly, they can even help you when you’re feeling stressed on your period, as the Gamma-linolenic acid produces a hormone that balances the stress hormone, prolactin. Hemp seeds can also help to improve your hair growth and health. Find out more about how to beautify with hemp here.
Activated Charcoal Powder
Good for: Detoxing, bloating
How to take: Drink it, pop a pill
This miracle ingredient is not only the bomb for putting on your skin (we mix it into almost all our DIYs), but when taken internally it’s like the ultimate detox. Activated charcoal effectively traps toxins, so when applied to your skin or ingested, it will basically suck all the bad stuff into it. You can use it to avoid bloating, to cleanse your liver and aid in digestion. The best thing is it’s also inexpensive, and you can buy it in tablet form so that it’s super convenient. Be sure to check with your doctor if you’re taking medication, as sometimes activated charcoal can interfere. Get all the deets on how to use activated charcoal powder here.
Good for: Weight-loss, acne
How to take: Drink it!
We know, it sounds weird, but drinking aloe vera juice is insanely good for your skin, especially if you tend to have dehydrated or acne-prone skin. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, folic acid and amino acids, so not only is it great for your body, but it also has enzymes that help to break down fats and sugars, which aid in digestion! Check out how you can use it topically as well as internally here.
Good for: Anti-aging, acne, scarring
How to take: Pop a pill
This weird ingredient is one of nature’s most incredible sources of food, it’s what turns a normal bee into a queen bee (growing 40 times bigger, and living 50 times longer!), and it’s packed with nutritional goodness. Royal jelly contains amino acids that are vital for collagen production, which is what makes your skin plump and youthful. If you suffer from acne, royal jelly is worth a try as it’s touted for balancing acne-causing hormones and promotes skin cell growth that can reduce acne-scarring. Check out other ways royal jelly is awesome here.