A Multitasking Beauty Supplement That Gives Your Skin Extra Protection

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Packed with good-for-your skin ingredients, this skin-protecting supplement offers an extra layer of protection against sun damage.

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In theory, we’d all have the perfect diet and healthy lifestyle and never need to take a vitamin supplement ever again. In real life, supplements offer a convenient, effective way to get all the nutrients you need. And it’s not just for your overall health; skin-care supplements can complement your topical product routine. Take HUM Nutrition Turn Back Time ($40), which gives your skin extra protection from UV damage.

The key player: polypodium leucotomos (say that five times fast), a fern that grows in Central America. A study found that extracts from the tropical plant can help prevent the damaging effects the sun has on your skin, and can also potentially help with hyperpigmentation (AKA discoloration). But wait, there’s more. Namely, vitamin C to help prevent cell damage and stimulate collagen production, and antioxidant-rich turmeric. And while this is most definitely a skin-care supplement, it does your entire body good, too. It also contains alpha lipoic acid (ALA) which can improve blood pressure and maintain bone density, metabolism-boosting green tea extract, and lutein, a vitamin ideal for eye health.

One bottle contains 60 of the vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO capsules. Take two every morning with food, then sit back and watch your skin improve. The capsules are easy to swallow, and, unlike many other supplements I’ve taken, didn’t make my stomach queasy. A week in my skin looked clearer and brighter, and I loved that I felt like I was getting benefits not only for my skin, but for the rest of my body, too. It’s definitely worth noting that while this can help protect your skin from the (very) damaging effects of the sun, it doesn’t give you a free pass to skip sunscreen. Still, why not give your skin all the help it can get, both from the inside and out?

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