The Skin Booster That’s Changing My Mind About Supplements

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Ceramides are our skin’s natural hydrators, helping to fortify the skin’s moisture barrier and plump it up. NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator ($19) is a quick and easy way to up your good ingredients count with a daily ingestable supplement.

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When it comes to pill-popping, I’m the type that’s more inclined to save them for absolutely necessary situations. You wouldn’t exactly call me the type of person that thoroughly enjoys taking their daily Flintstones gummies. I wouldn’t say I avoid medications, but after the daily horse pills I have to take to combat migraines, I rarely have the energy to experiment with supplements. But my friends, colleagues and Gwyneth Paltrow have long encouraged me to get out of my vitamin-free comfort zone. Lately, it seems like new supplements are introduced every day, and the benefits sound too promising to ignore. Because I’m me, I broke out of my comfort zone with a supplement for good skin.

NeoCell, which calls itself America’s No. 1 Collagen brand, creates daily supplements that are meant to plump skin and reduce fine lines quite literally from the inside out. The Ceramides Skin Hydrator is a twice-daily supplement that’s designed to show results in just 15 days. I tacked it on to my a.m. and p.m. skin care routines—it may be a different delivery system, but it’s skin care just as much as my sunscreen or retinol. Each capsule contains known hydrating skin booster hyaluronic acid, all-around good ingredient vitamin C, coconut water, pine bark extract, and marigold flower. But, the rockstar ingredient is ceramides, plant-based lipids that help reinforce the moisture barrier so skin stays hydrated and protected. The moisture barrier is made of lipids, so ingesting extra in the form of ceramides just helps rebuild and reinforce—it’ll give you the extra oomph that turns good skin into great skin.

As someone who’s spent a lot of time (or, you could argue, dedicated a career) turning bad skin into decent skin, I’m always on the lookout for the magic bullet that will get my skin over the plump, hydrated line into greatness. Thanks to this supplement, I’m 15 days closer. The longer I take the Skin Hydrator, the more plumpness I’ve noticed, which helps after long nights and early mornings. According to the brand, moisture will increase by 36 percent and skin smoothness by 34 percent after those two weeks and one day. I’d never put a number, or a value, on good skin, but I know I feel better, and I’m suddenly on Team Supplements. Gwyneth, give me a call.

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