The expression “you are what you eat” couldn’t be truer when it comes to beauty products. No, we’re not talking edible creams and serums, we’re talking superfood powders and beauty-boosting pills that work from the inside out to transform skin, nails, hair, and overall health. And before you go thinking they’re just another fad, what if we told you that what you put on your skin only addresses 20 percent of its needs? The other 80 percent – you guessed it – is what we put in our bodies.
It’s therefore little wonder that the beauty supplement market is booming. In fact, Net-a-Porter revealed that, last year, we spent more on supplements than we did on skincare products! The not-so-good news is that the market is so saturated, it’s nearly impossible to separate the do-gooders from the money-wasters. But don’t panic because we’ve done the hard work for you, scouring every shelf, site, and store to bring you Savoir Flair’s edit of beauty supplements that actually work.
The Beauty Chef 'Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost'
“A diet rich in antioxidants is nature’s internal skincare regime,” says Carla Oates, founder of The Beauty Chef. That’s why she created her own line of liquid beauty boosters alongside some of the best nutritionists, chemists, and naturopaths in the world.
This antioxidant-rich elixir is bursting with bio-fermented probiotics to promote gut health and overall well-being while protecting skin against cellular aging. Papaya leaf, green tea, and pomegranate provide antioxidant protection to fight free radicals, repair, and prevent cell damage. Simultaneously, vitamins E, C, and A stimulate cell renewal and promote plumper, more radiant skin – not to mention the six billion probiotics that keep your tummy in check and boost immunity. The ultimate way to add a big dose of wellness to your water.
The Beauty Chef ‘Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost’
Philip Kingsley ‘Tricho Complex’
The man behind the beautiful manes of Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller, and Cate Blanchett, Philip Kingsley is the go-to guy for all things healthy hair. A world-renowned trichologist with over 65 years in the game, he’s also a pioneer when it comes to hair loss and texture, which is why these tablets are a must-have for your tresses.
The optimum balance of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins essential for hair health – including selenium, iron, biotin, and vitamins C and D – they help balance thyroid hormones to boost hair grown and prevent loss. Luscious locks, here we come.
Philip Kingsley ‘Tricho Complex’
Lyma 'Multi-Nutrient Complex'
If you thought supplements couldn’t be sexy, think again. Lyma is redefining wellness as we know it. Not only do these beauty-boosting pills come in a gorgeous copper pot (perfectly matching the cool shimmery capsules), but you also get a copper-embossed membership card granting you access to the elite Lyma club. And by elite, we really mean elite – members include Chloë Grace Moretz and pretty much every Victoria’s Secret Angel in existence.
Created by celebrity trainer Russell Bateman, a.k.a. the “model whisperer”, each capsule is loaded with eight powerhouse ingredients that promise to help with everything from relieving anxiety and insomnia to fortifying skin, hair, and nails while boosting immunity. This is one club you definitely want to join.
Lyma ‘Multi-Nutrient Complex’
Lumity 'Morning' and 'Night'
University of Cambridge graduate and scientist Sara Palmer Hussey turned her fascination with the human body, the aging process, and nutrition’s role in health into a catalyst to create her own line of beauty products and supplements. “My aim was to create products that offer tangible benefits. I thought if we could offer people something that noticeably improves the way they feel on a daily basis and gives them an effortlessly healthy, glowing appearance, they will have the energy and freedom to focus more on the things they love.”
One thing we definitely love are her ‘Morning’ and ‘Night’ supplements that work around the clock to deliver a powerful combination of minerals, vitamins, and omegas to boost energy levels and overall skin, nail, and hair health. There’s zinc, magnesium, and selenium to support repair and renewal, lysine and arginine to prevent collagen breakdown alongside turmeric, omega 3s, and vitamin C to boost vitality, protection, and firmness.
Lumity ‘Morning’ and ‘Night’
KeraHealth ‘Hair Women’
Whilst editor at a top magazine, Fay Afghahi noticed two things. One: hair loss was a major struggle for many of her readers. Two: there was no miracle product to fix the problem. So what did she do? She went and created her own. “The biggest beauty misconception is thinking you can just slap on some hair tonic or face cream, and expect miracles to happen. My time as editor of a leading fashion and beauty magazine taught me the game changers in health and beauty are products that nourish and strengthen from within.” And that’s exactly what KeraHealth does.
Using naturally sourced, clinically tested ingredients, they feature a blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and revolutionary patented process KerCysteine that allows keratin to be highly absorbed by the body. After just one month, 92 percent of women said they experienced less hair loss, and 100 percent said they saw an increase in hair growth after three. Sold.
KeraHealth ‘Hair Women’
Dr. Barbara Sturm 'Skin Food'
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s super supplement is exactly as its name suggests – food for your skin. In fact, it’s full of her favorite superfood purslane, which she dubs the “fountain of youth”. Chock-full of antioxidants, vitamin A, and omega-3 fatty acids, purslane also activates the telomerase enzyme that’s proven to slow down the aging process and heal inflammation.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s also Japanese knotweed root extract, kudzu, and glucosamine, all of which work together to boost hydration levels, protect against premature aging and free radicals, and promote clear and glowing complexions.
Dr. Barbara Sturm ‘Skin Food’
Oskia 'MSM Bio-Plus'
The miracle ingredient at the heart of Oskia’s products? MSM, a naturally occurring organic sulphur derivative known as the ‘Beauty Mineral’ thanks to its ability to transform skin, hair, and nails from within. Founder Georgie Cleeve discovered its amazing powers over 30 years ago, when her father used it as a joint supplement for racehorses. She then used it to help repair serious cartilage damage in her own knee, and discovered some unexpected beauty benefits in the process – clearer skin, reduced acne and eczema, and an overall glowing complexion included.
How? Because MSM supports the body’s production of collagen, keratin, and key cellular antioxidant glutathione, helping to reduce inflammation, detoxify, and improve cellular function. Fast forward to today, and you can reap the beauty benefits of MSM thanks to Oskia’s super-charged supplement that reduces acne and pigmentation, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, and improves the strength and condition of hair and nails. Magic.
OSKIA ‘MSM Bio-Plus’
Imedeen 'Hair and Nails'
If strong hair and nails is what you’re after, look no further than Imedeen. A biotin-based supplement enriched with zinc, B vitamins, and silica, it has been expertly formulated to give your body just the right amount of essential minerals to boost hair and nail health and strengthen from within. Just the ticket for those with dry, damaged tresses and weak, flaky nails.
It might sound too good to be true, but there’s a reason why Imedeen has a loyal fan base that swears by these powerhouse pills, including big-time beauty blogger Ruth Crilly who wrote, “Hairs have been sprouting from places previously hairless, and my nails are so strong that I could probably use them to whittle small trinkets from pieces of driftwood.” Stock up stat.
Imedeen ‘Hair and Nails’
Murad 'Pomphenol Sunguard'
Pollution, the sun, and even our phones are now contributing to accelerated aging and dull, damaged skin, which is why you need to be popping Murad’s ‘Pomphenol Sunguard’ supplements.
Packed full of pomegranate extract – a natural, powerful protector that provides antioxidant protection against harmful free radicals – they help shield skin from harmful environmental aggressors while reducing sunburn and damage caused by the sun and pollutants. Of course, you should always wear a SPF while you’re out and about, but adding these to your beauty routine will help boost skin’s defenses and keep harmful and aging factors at bay.
Murad ‘Pomphenol Sunguard’