Some beauty ingredients – in products applied to your skin or as supplements – don’t live up to the hype surrounding them. Kristals Cosmetics experts weigh in on what you need to know to invest in the ingredients that will really make a difference.
Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 5 Most Overrated Skincare Ingredients
Topping the list:
The claim: Biotin for longer, stronger hair and healthier nails
There’s plenty of hype about biotin, also called vitamin B7 or even vitamin H. But claims that supplements of this nutrient provide extra nourishment that translates into more luxurious hair and stronger, chip-proof nails may be a bit overstated. Studies show that eating foods that contain this nutrient, found in fatty fish, leafy greens and egg yolks, is important for overall good health.
And biotin is involved in maintaining keratin, part of the structure of hair and nails. But unless you’re deficient, supplements probably won’t provide extra benefits. To be fair, a massive amount of people are deficient in vital nutrients like biotin due to poor diets. So if you already get plenty of organic veggies, fruits, and other nutritious foods and take a wide-ranging multivitamin containing the full range of B vitamins every day, be skeptical.
The claim: Vitamin A for younger-looking skin
Retinol in beauty products is a proven winner for younger, firmer skin. But…that doesn’t mean taking vitamin A (the nutrient form of retinol) as a supplement has benefits you’ll be able to see in your skin.
You need this vitamin in your diet for healthy immune system, strong vision, and clear signaling between cells throughout your body – but most of us get plenty from vitamin A-rich foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, red peppers, broccoli… and even ice cream, according to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements. If you don’t, definitely take vitamin A supplements for your health, but it might not be enough to cause visible effects on your skin.
The claim: Collagen for firm skin
As part of the deep structure of your skin, collagen provides a supportive structure that keeps skin firm, elastic, and looking young. But taking collagen supplements or foods fortified with collagen doesn’t seem to help, experts say.
The simple reason: It gets digested along with everything else you eat and drink and broken down into smaller nutrients absorbed into your bloodstream. You can’t “send” collagen directly to your skin!
Some studies show that certain foods, like avocado and fatty fish, help your body produce more of its own collagen. So leave synthetic supplements behind and instead improve your diet to grow better skin.
The claim: Stem cells for rejuvenated skin
Stem cells in pricey beauty creams sound like they’ll move in, take over and convert your skin into a younger version of you – like a time machine in a jar. But experts say there’s no evidence this works with commercial products, at least not yet.
Stem cells in beauty products are not alive. However, they contain compounds that can be beneficial like ferulic acid, ellagic acid and quercetin that have a better track record. You can find many of these ingredients, on their own, in beauty products.
The claim: Zinc for hair growth and better-looking skin
Zinc plays important roles in hundreds of functions in the body including a strong immune system and wound healing. Truth is, most of us get plenty from our diet and a standard-dose multivitamin.
Taking too much can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches…and isn’t proven to help with hair loss or skin issues. Great food sources of zinc include beef, lobster, pork chops, baked beans, dark-meat chicken, yogurt and fortified breakfast cereals.
Focus on eating a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals for overall health — plus following a smart skincare routine appropriate for your specific skin type, getting sufficient sleep, and curbing stress as much as possible — and you’ll see better results in your skin and entire body. For ultimate results, check out the Kristals Cosmetics line of science-driven skincare products to combat aging and look radiant all year long.
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