If you put good, nutritious, natural things in, they’ll get to work making a happier you, both inside and out…
In a perfect, lazy girl’s world, taking great care of your skin would mean only the most minimal of efforts. Some soap, a little moisturizer and you’re out the door.
As we well know, it takes a bit more than a grab-and-go approach to truly keep skin happy and healthy: not only are there myriad topical products to play around with until you land on what works for your unique skin, but as the old adage goes, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts.
You can layer serums and toners and tonics and hope for the best. But your skin — which also happens to be your body’s largest organ — is ultimately a reflection of what’s going on inside, meaning skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and dermatitis (to name a few) are probably symptoms of something else. They’re distress signals your organs are sending, showing up on the skin as visual that something needs attention.
So how do you fix a skin problem that’s starting somewhere you can’t reach? A great place to start is with diet. If you put good, nutritious, natural things in, they’ll get to work making your insides — and therefore your outsides — happy. Obviously this is much easier said than done.
The problem with a food-based approach is that there are simply too many things you should be eating for happy skin, and not enough time or stomach real estate to consume each and every one, every day.
Which is where Organic Pharmacy comes in. As the name suggest, the brand’s main focus is on getting you all the nutrients and antioxidants you need (and are probably missing in your diet) in the easiest way possible: a pill. And when it comes to skin care, nothing is going to pack quite the same punch as their Skin Radiance Capsules.
With an ingredient list that would make Mother Nature weep tears of joy, the Skin Radiance Capsules are formulated to give your complexion a boost and to help support your skin. Crafted based on homeopathic and herbal medicine, they’re packed with high-quality, pure ingredients carefully selected to protect and nourish the skin from the inside.
Each capsule is filled to the brim with skin goodness, making it pretty much impossible to pick just one star ingredient. So let’s break them all down:
More than just the base ingredient for Instagram-worthy breakfast bowls, acai is a highly nutritious berry packed with vitamin and minerals. Its vitamins A, B, C and E, omega fatty acids and minerals will revive and heal damaged, inflamed skin.
Not just for pandas, bamboo is a natural, effective way to up your levels of the mineral silica. Found in all your body’s major organs, silica is also a big component of skin, hair, nails, bones and teeth because it plays a major role in your body’s production of collagen. And where there is collagen, there is happy, healthy, bouncy skin.
Not to be confused with the blueberry (though they do look alike), the billberry is a European shrub that helps prevent the destruction and degradation of collagen, meaning plump, wrinkle-free skin. It’s also high in antioxidants that reduce redness and even out skin tone.
Perhaps one of the less well-known ingredients here, but powerful and important nonetheless. Chitosan is derived from the shells of shrimp and other sea crustaceans, and is packed with ascorbic acid, meaning it’s anti-oxidant and anti-aging. It’s also great at keeping skin moisturized since it retains water like nobody’s business.
Another sea creature-based ingredient, glucosamine hydrochloride is part of the glycosaminoglycan family, which is found in the middle layer of skin. (That’s right! Skin is made up of three layers: epidermis, dermis, hypodermis.) Anti-inflammatory in nature, glucosamine hydrochloride helps skin stay hydrated and also aids in the lightening of dark spots.
As one of the world’s most nutrient-rich fruits, it should come as no surprise that goji is an ingredient here. With 19 amino acids (protein’s building blocks), 21 minerals (free radical protectors), crazy vitamins (repair that skin) and essential fatty acids (the heroes of soft, smooth skin), there’s pretty much nothing goji can’t do for your skin.
Used for centuries in ancient Chinese and Indian medicine, this healing plant has staying power for a reason. Rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals, gotu kola has been found to rejuvenate skin by treating inflammation, building collagen, improving circulation and stimulating cell growth.
Don’t be intimidated by the acronym: MSM is just another name for a form of organic sulfur found in plant and animal tissue. As the third-most abundant mineral in your body, sulfur is a necessary building block for proteins like collagen, elastin and cartilage, all of which are in turn the building blocks of skin. This means MSM kicks butt when it comes to softening dry skin, and erasing wrinkles and scar tissue.
Rose Hip Oil
A rose hip by any other name would not smell as sweet. That’s because rose hip oil is naturally high in vitamins A, C and E, and omega 3, 6 and 9, which all rock when it comes to improving the tone and texture of skin. Rose hip oil also has molecules that are small enough to penetrate cells, so they stick around and do their job for a while.
Helloooo antioxidants! Vitamin C is your body’s best friend when it comes to protecting against free radical damage (curse you, pollution!), which basically means help intercept problems before they happen as far as skin is concerned. As if that isn’t enough, vitamin C also helps even skin tone, improve hydration and keep you as smooth as a baby’s tush.
Your skin can’t flourish without constant blood flow. Luckily, vitamin E helps promote circulation and strengthen capillary walls so the good stuff is always getting to your skin. What’s more, while vitamin E is great for skin, it’s often too heavy to use topically if you have problem or combination skin. By ingesting it, you reap the benefits without having to deal with a pore freak out.
If your skin freaks out every time your hormones fluctuate (read: one a month), zine should be a crucial component of your self-care routine. Sure, it’s a powerful antioxidant, but it’s also directly involved in endocrine production and making sure your hormone levels aren’t out of whack.