With summer finally upon us, discover the best ingredients and supplements to add into your skin care routine to achieve and maintain a healthy, radiant summer glow.
The onset of summer means more time spent outdoors (weather permitting) and an uptick in social occasions. Switching up your skin care for the season with the addition of smart, skin focused supplements can help support skin health for a healthy glow all summer long.
When it comes to summer skincare, we like to focus on two key elements: occasion-ready radiance and sun protection. Adding carefully synergised supplements into your beauty routine throughout the busy, summer social calendar, can help offer support to your body and skin and optimise the results from your topical skincare.
As well as perfecting your complexion, a crucial part summer skincare is sun protection. UVA and UVB radiation within sunlight can cause damage to skin, leading to premature ageing and in Ireland, the sun is at its strongest from May to September.
UVB rays cause the skin to burn on sunny days, and UVA rays cause deeper damage. UVA radiation can penetrate cloud cover and glass, meaning even on a cloudy day, protecting your skin from the sun is essential.
In addition to topical, broad spectrum sunscreen, SPF and topical antioxidants, supplements play a part in providing support for full body, summer skin health. “Using oral ingredients to support summer health works on every skin cell, not just where you put topical creams,” explains Lorraine Perretta, head of nutrition at skin specific supplement experts Advanced Nutrition Programme™. “The benefits occur all year around, increase over time and don’t need reapplying throughout the days.” For total skin health and a glowing summer complexion, read on to discover our favourite ingredients and skin supplements for summer, and get ready to glow.
With radiance-revealing, soothing and properties, omega fatty acids, such as those featured in Skin Omegas+ from Advanced Nutrition Programme™, are a summer a must have .
Lorraine Perretta explains that omegas play a “dual role” when it comes to summer skin benefits. “Omegas hydrate your skin,” she explains. “This prevents skin from becoming dry or flaky if you are in the sun for a long time: for example, on holiday. Omegas offer summer skin health benefits for the whole body: providing nourished, hydrated and radiant summer skin – many clients notice a beautiful glow on their legs especially their shins”
Additionally, when exposed to summer aggressors such as sea, sand or chorine we often finds that our skin can dry out or become irritated. Omega fatty acids help to support the skin barrier, maintaining health and hydration from within, – making them a helpful addition to soothe summer-sparked irritiation.
Skin Omegas+ combines omegas 3 and 6, plus vitamin A for total skin health support to encourage luminous and radiant skin . Full body benefits + glow = a summer skin essential.
Antioxidants should be your first port of call for summer skin, and Advanced Nutrition Programme™’s Skin Antioxidant contains seven different plant nutrients that work together for comprehensive skin support from environmental aggressors.
A lot of the damage caused by UV happens because of free radicals. These are created when sunlight hits our skin and are tiny unstable particles that can damage healthy skin cells – causing signs of ageing.
Lorraine Perretta explains the power behind the phytonutrient (plant- derived) ingredients within Skin Antioxidant. “Phytonutrient antioxidants are particularly beneficial for skin, as the plants they are derived from use their antioxidant properties to protect themselves from UV radiation,” explains. “For example, lycopene in tomatoes protects the fruit of the plant. It is mostly found in the skin of the tomato, and prevents “sun burn” from damaging the fruit.”
Alongside lycopene, Skin Antioxidant includes bilberry, turmeric, green tea, grape seed, lutein (found in kale and spinach) and beta-carotene (found in carrots, red pepper and apricots) – delivering a comprehensive synergy of antioxidants.
THE ASTAXANTHIN FACTOR
One particularly potent antioxidant, astaxanthin, has been shown to have skin supporting benefits. Astaxanthin is a red pigment found in crustaceans, salmon and microalgae – giving each its characteristic pink hue. Astaxanthin is also responsible for the distinctive pink of flamingos.
Lorraine Perretta explains the nutrient’s benefits as a summer
skincare ingredient “Emerging research has shown that, astaxanthin has potential for further skin support with studies showing how it may support skin resistance, moisture loss and many more.”
Add this to your routine with Advanced Nutrition Programme™ Skin Asta-Boost capsules, which are exclusive to the skin boxes Skin Plus and Skin Ultimate. In these sophisticated supplement solutions, Skin Asta-Boost works in synergy with other ingredients to provide a comprehensive range of nutrients to the skin.
In addition to offering another layer of antioxidant protection1, vitamin C plays an important role in numerous processes that are essential for maintaining healthy skin2. It is known to support the normal production of collagen in skin and is beloved by many for its brightening benefits for dull skin. What does this all mean? Vitamin C is a summer glow essential.
Skin Vit C takes adds to vitamin C’s benefits by combining the ingredient with zinc and acerola berry. Zinc supports our skin, hair and nails and acerola berry delivers additional antioxidant support. This fruit is a l source of ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C) and emerging research has reported potential benefits on uneven skin tone (include reference).
The essential “skin vitamin”. Including vitamin A in your summer skin routine can help support overall skin health 3 while you enjoy the delights of the summer season.
Skin Vit A+ from Advanced Nutrition Programme delivers an impactful daily dose of the nutrient, synergised with vitamin D which is known to support bone, muscle and immune health. In combination, these ingredients help to build a foundation of healthy skin – meaning no matter what you get up to over the summer, your skin will be better prepared to stay looking its best.
Skin responds to summer challenges in different ways, but for many people the increased heat, sun exposure or swimming can make skin feel dry. In addition, chlorine in swimming pools, salt in seawater and some harsh sunscreens may cause the skin to feel particularly parched.
Incorporating hyaluronic acid supplements into a summer supplement routine can help support the moisture levels in your skin.
Hyaluronic is a powerful hydrating molecule and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. The body makes it naturally and it is found in most cells in the body, with the highest concentration ofb 50% found in the skin.
The molecule helps to fill the gaps between our skin cells, giving a hydrating, plumping effect. Replenishing the skin’s hyaluronic acid supplies when our skin is facing external aggressors can help support and soothe dry or dehydrated skin.
Skin Moisture Lock combines hyaluronic acid with ceramides and manganese – the combination of these three nutrients supports skin throughout the summer keeping skin healthy*, comfortable and radiant.
SYNERGY: THE ULTIMATE SUMMER SKIN COMPANION
As individual supplements, these capsules deliver nutrients to support for your skin. However, taking these supplements in combination is the ideal way to optimise results. Advanced Nutrition Programme’s sophisticated supplement system Skin Plus combines Skin Omegas+, Skin Antioxidant, Skin Vit A+ and Skin Asta-Boost, while the award-winning Skin Ultimate also includes the additional, radiance revealing benefits of Skin Co-Q10+, with Coenzyme Q10 and French Maritime Pine Bark Extract. The capsules within these intelligent supplement systems complement each other’s benefits, delivering desired results for skin.
Both these skin boxes provide a 28-day supply of daily dose pods, which can be conveniently separated to take with you on your summer travels. Helping to ensure your skin in protected no matter where you go.
Whether juggling hectic social calendars or working long hours this summer, dedicated skin supplements can help support the largest organ in your body – our skin. For over 15 years, Advanced Nutrition Programme™ has been dedicated to supporting skin health from within and recognised by leaders in the aesthetic industry worldwide. Discover more about this innovative, evidence-based range by clicking here.