In our modern age, seeing a derm and getting prescribed a pill for better skin isn't necessarily revolutionary. Taking a pill for better skin that doesn't contain hormones or retinoids? That seems too good to be true-but we're listening. The latest buzzy product in the ingestible beauty trend involves pills and liquid supplements that contain hyaluronic acid, a biopolymer that occurs naturally in our bodies. You've probably seen it plastered on the labels of serums and moisturizers.В After all, this magical molecule has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, which makes it a crucial ingredient in many skincare products, since our bodies produce less of it as we grow older.
But can taking a supplementВ with hyaluronic acid in it also give us the skin of our dreams?В We spoke with dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Nicola Kilner, CEO ofВ water-soluble beautyВ supplement line Fountain, and asked them for their thoughts. What we found out is very interestingвЂ¦
Keep scrolling to see if hyaluronic acid pills canВ plump up your skin from the inside out.ImaxTree
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First, let's start with the logic behind the whole eating-your-hyaluronic-acid theory. вЂњThe principle behind ingestible supplements is to provide the body with the necessary building blocks for healthy skin cells and collagen, as well as maintaining appropriate stores of antioxidant defenses against free-radical damage,вЂќ Zeichner explains.В
Hyaluronic acid specifically is already present in your bodyВ but decreases as you age. "The primary role of hyaluronic acid is to lubricate and cushion joints, however, it does also provide a support network to the skin, resulting in a plump, youthful appearance," Kilner says.В
So, will taking hyaluronic acid orally help your skin plump up from the inside out? Kilner says yes. "A daily dose ofВ Fountain The Hyaluronic MoleculeВ ($30) helps supplement declining levels of hyaluronic acid and offers below-surface cushioning to the skin," she says.
On the flip side, Zeichner says he's not so sure.В вЂњHyaluronic acid is a humectant-a moisturizing ingredient that attracts water. It is unclear whether ingesting it will truly affect the skin,вЂќ he remarks.В But not all hope is lost: Since your gut health is tied to skin health, Zeichner says that if hyaluronic acid pills can improve the health of your GI tract and reduce inflammation, then your skin can benefit from it as well. вЂњAn angry, 'leaky' gut promotes generalized inflammation that has a negative impact on your skin, so any supplement that can improve that can also benefit your skin,вЂќ he says.
As for the collagen in these supplements? Zeichner says it's broken down into proteins that may help support healthy skin function, just like any other protein, but there's no proof it will go directly to your skin and benefit you in the way these brands claim. (You can read more about ingestible collagen here.)
Zeichner says that in the end, the best way to have healthy skin is to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. вЂњWhat you eat provides your body with the necessary tools for healthy skin,вЂќ he says. вЂњIf you don't have a well-balanced dietВ or you would like an extra boost, a supplement certainly won't hurt.вЂќВ
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"Fountain's unique liquid format also ensures full bioavailability, meaning the body is able to utilize hyaluronic acid more effectively than it would with traditional capsules or tablets," Kilner says.Olly Vibrant Skin $14Shop
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These hyaluronic acid pills promise to provide the most bioavailable form of hyaluronic acid and are free of soy, wheat, lactose, and starch.
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