Daily Supplements Derms Always Take
These top experts know the secret to perfect
skin, and it doesn’t stop at topical beauty products. Try these tested vitamins
and supplements that they use and recommend to up your skin care game.
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For Hair + Nail Health:
Norwalk, CT, dermatologist Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, recommends oral biotin, or vitamin B7, as a great supplement option for hair and nail health.
For Fighting Inflammation:
Oral nicotinamide is an anti-inflammatory that has been shown to be helpful for some inflammatory conditions such as acne. “It has also been shown to reduce the rates of new non-melanoma skin cancers [squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas] and actinic keratosis, or precancers, in high-risk patients,” Dr. Mraz Robinson says. Adds Kailua-Kona, HI, dermatologist Monica Scheel, MD, “It’s important to take multiple vitamins, omega-3s and antioxidants, but for those with a history of skin cancer, definitely niacinamide.”
For Days You’ve Been in the Sun:
Yes, SPF is the first line of defense, but if you do find yourself in a situation of extended sun exposure, Dr. Scheel recommends reaching for Heliocare. The oral supplement is packed with antioxidants and claims to help skin protect itself against sun-related effects and aging. Another options is vitamin E. “Like vitamin C, vitamin E's main function in skin care is to protect against sun damage,” explains New York dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD. “Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when applied topically. Photoprotection refers to the body's ability to minimize the damage caused by UV rays.”
For Jump-Starting Collagen Production:
New York dermatologist Julie Russak, MD, bites into NeoCell Beauty Bursts on the regular. “To kickstart my morning, I thoroughly cleanse my face, apply an antioxidant serum and broad-spectrum SPF and pop in a NeoCell Collagen Beauty Burst to promote skin vibrancy, hydration and hair health.”
For Boosting Immunity:
“I take vitamins D, C and E, calcium, an omega-3, and a probiotic on a daily basis,” Dr. Peredo says. “Probiotics are beneficial bacteria to improve digestion, reduce bloating, help boost immune function and protect us from viruses and infections.” Another big immune booster that also has beauty benefits: omega-3 fish oils. “They support brain and immune function, and keep skin and hair youthful,” she adds.
For Upping Your Sunscreen Game:
Dr. Peredo says taking vitamin C orally can enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens applied to your skin for protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. “It does this by decreasing cell damage and helping the healing process of bodily wounds. It can also help fend off signs of aging because of its vital role in the body's natural collagen synthesis. It helps to heal damaged skin, and in some cases, reduces the appearance of wrinkles.”
For Curbing Sugar Cravings:
Sugar is a big-time aggressor in the aging-skin war. “Take 500 mg of L-glutamine before meals if you have sugar cravings,” Dr. Peredo says. “It helps stabilize blood-sugar levels so you're more likely to make healthy food choices and not succumb to sugary treats.”