What beauty pill-popping really does for you

We suss out the two main kinds of supplements — one for skin-brightening and another for anti-ageing, and the various beauty elixirs and pills that actually make your skin supple and radiant

Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
26 Jul 2015

Feeding Frenzy

Been popping beauty pills and downing collagen drinks without seeing any effects on your complexion? According to Dr Heng Wee Soon, medical practitioner at IDS Clinic, this could be because your body needs the nutrients in the supplements for other more pressing situations. So, instead of improving skin appearance, the supplements might be going to support your immune system, which your body prioritises — and rightly.

An example of such oral skin supplements with overall health benefits is IDS Clinic’s Lyco-White, an oral supplement that brightens and evens out skin tone. Its key ingredient is colourless carotenoids, which prevents skin pigmentation and also supports eye health and boosts the body’s cancer-fighting abilities.

“That’s why taking an oral skin supplement is always beneficial to general health and to the skin,” says Dr Heng. In some cases, skin improvements take up to three months to be visible.

For brightening and skin-tone improvements, supplements contain antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamin C, lycopene and carotene, to make skin more resilient to UV damage and subsequent hyperpigmentation.

"Anti-ageing skin supplements should have peptides or a well-researched combination of nutrients for skin renewal," says makeup artist Larry Yeo. He recommends taking a collagen powder supplement and a tablet of Imedeen daily for skin that "has more bounce, heals faster, and is more refined."

But will taking too much of such skin supplements have an adverse effect? “Logically, anything that is excessive is undesirable,” says Dr Heng. So, take them according to the instructions and dosage recommendations for optimal results, just like you would with health supplements like vitamins and minerals.

Also, “don’t neglect your topical skincare and sunscreen with SPF50+/PA+++ to seal the deal, on top of any oral supplements you take” advises Larry.

Skin-Brightening Potions
Skin-Brightening Potions
26 Jul 2015

Skin-Brightening Potions

01 Lyco-White, $168, by IDS. 02 Rice Ceramide, $37, by Orbis. 03 Sparkle Collagen Powder, by IOMA. 04 Aojiru, $56 for 30 packets, by Dr Ci:Labo. 05 Adlay Extract, $15.90 for 30 capsules, by DHC.

Anti-Ageing Brews
Anti-Ageing Brews
26 Jul 2015

Anti-Ageing Brews

01 Collagen Drink, $52 for 10 bottles, by Laneige. 02 Pure Collagen Drink 10000, $60 for 10 bottles, by Astalift. 03 Placenta Jelly, $68 for 30 sticks, by Dr Ci:Labo. 04 Collagen Jelly, by Orbis. 05 Time Perfection, $135.40, by Imedeen. 06 Collagen Beauty 12000EX, $69.90 for 10 bottles, by DHC.

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