There’s no shortage of supplements on the market that claim to thicken hair, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve dry, brittle nails. Here are some ingredients that support hair, skin, and nails, along with how they work, so you can choose the right option.
Silica is a mineral that supports collagen production. After the age of 21, collagen levels decline. Silica can be sourced from the horsetail plant and manufactured in such a way to make it bioavailable and useful in the body. In fact, silica has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, increase skin elasticity, strengthen and thicken hair, and strengthen nails.
Glutathione and rooibos tea extract
Glutathione is an important antioxidant in the body. It neutralises free radicals and contributes to supporting skin and hair health. Opitac® glutathione is a highly bioavailable form of glutathione. Rooibos is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, polyphenols and flavonoids and therefore also supports skin and hair by reducing free radicals.
Vitamin C and vitamin E
Vitamin C is an antioxidant necessary for reassembling collagen and can be taken alongside silica and collage. Vitamin E is also an effective antioxidant, defending against cell damage and contributing to the maintenance of skin health.
Studies have shown that biotin can increase nail thickness and reduce brittleness and nail splitting. Due to its ability to increase the production of fatty acids, biotin supplementation can benefit dry skin conditions. Biotin also encourages the growth of strong, thick, healthy-looking hair and can help reverse the loss of hair and hair colour that may result from a biotin deficiency.
Other vitamins and minerals, such as zinc, folic acid, and vitamin B5, play a role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails by supporting the turnover and cellular health of these tissues. Low iron may lead to poor oxygenation of the hair follicle, causing hair to thin, and manganese is needed for producing the amino acid proline, which is essential for collagen formation and wound healing.