Nutricosmetics are a new class of beauty products that promise to make you beautiful from the inside out using the power of nutritional supplements. Here’s our guide to using nutricosmetics.
What Are Nutricosmetics?
Nutricosmetics are what you get when you combine nutritional supplements with cosmetics.
No, you’re not rubbing protein shakes all over your face. Instead, you’re taking certain nutritional supplements that are packed with antioxidants, collagen-producing compounds, and other ingredients that can rejuvenate the appearance of your face and skin.
For some companies, “nutricosmetics” is a bit of an overused buzzword (just because taking a protein shake is healthy doesn’t automatically mean it’s a nutricosmetics).
For other companies, nutricosmetics are a fast-exploding corner of the marketplace that’s only going to get bigger in the next few years.
How Do Nutricosmetics Work?
Nutricosmetics contain ingredients like omega-3 fatty acids, carotenes, and flavonoids that promise to protect the skin from the damaging effects of everything from aging to ultraviolet light exposure.
Typically, nutricosmetics contain high levels of antioxidants simply because they’re one of the best ways to heal your skin from the inside out. Antioxidants target free radicals within your skin, reducing your risk of blemishes while safely carrying toxins out of the body.
Other ways in which nutricosmetics heal your skin from the inside out include:
— They contain vitamins, peptides, marine proteins, and carotenoids
— They can be used in conjunction with topical beauty products, which means you apply certain ingredients directly to the targeted area of your skin while also healing your skin from the inside out by taking a nutritional supplement
— Some nutricosmetics are specially designed to fight back against sun-damaged skin. Antioxidant-rich diets are particularly common for these benefits, including diets with vitamins C and E, lycopene, green tea polyphenols, beta carotene, and cocoa flavanols.
— Some nutricosmetics contain collagen peptides, especially the ones designed to target the sensitive skin around the eyes
Which Dietary Changes Can Improve the Health of your Skin?
Many people are unaware how damaging their diets can be to their skin.
The truth is: an unhealthy diet looks bad on all parts of your body. It’s just that your skin is usually the part of the body that shows it first.
In many cases, the best nutricosmetics practices you can add to your lifestyle don’t involve taking overpriced supplements: they involve changing simple parts of your diet. For example, consider implementing the following dietary and lifestyle changes to improve skin health:
— Diets high in vitamin C and linoleic acid (found in certain types of oils) can target free radicals in your skin while also plumping up your skin with valuable fatty acids
— Diets low in carbs and fats are associated with fewer wrinkles and may reduce your risk of age-related dryness and skin thinning
— Reducing sugar intake may protect elastin and collagen molecules in the skin. Research has indicated that diets high in sugar intake can damage these sensitive molecules, which often leads to wrinkles and sagging skin
Nutricosmetics Are Not Approved by the FDA
The US Food and Drug Administration is in charge of regulating foods and drugs. “Nutritional supplements” are classified as neither a food nor a drug. They’re not intended to be a core part of your diet (like a food), nor are they intended to treat any illness (like a drug).
Despite the fancy name, nutricosmetics are just nutritional supplements. Thus, they’re not regulated, approved, or studied by the FDA.
So when a nutricosmetics promises you enormous benefits – like the ability to turn back the clock 10 years on your skin or eliminate every wrinkle on your face, you should be a little bit skeptical. Manufacturers are not obligated to list true claims in their sales copy.
Ultimately, nutricosmetics come in all shapes and sizes. There are protein shakes, protein bars, powders, elixirs, berry blends and countless other ingredients found in nutricosmetics. As the industry continues to grow over the next few years, you can expect to hear the term “nutricosmetics” get tossed around more and more.