Clean Supplements Are the New Clean Beauty—But Are They Worth Buying Into?

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Updated 09/26/19
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Clean supplements are everywhere right now. It’s as if the supplement world has been looking to the beauty industry's cleanup and started taking notes. No longer are we mindlessly buying the first cheap supplement we see in the drugstore aisle. We want our supplements to solve our problems, be it lack of sleep, bloating or fine lines and zits (because you reach a point where you start getting both), we want our supplements to work almost instantly, and we wouldn't be mad if they happened to come in Instagrammable packaging. We also, most importantly, want supplements that are clean. According to market intelligence agency Mintel, 66 percent of Brits who take vitamins, supplements and minerals agree that they should only contain natural ingredients. Which makes total sense, not only because as a society we are questioning the provenance of everything we buy these days, from our clothes to our skincare, but because the food we eat today is nowhere near as good for us as it once was. “Nutrient levels in our foods are lower than they used to be," says nutritionist Shona Wilkinson. "This is because our soil is depleted in nutrients." We’re looking to clean supplements to bolster a less-than-perfect diet (whether we actively try to eat well or not) and to maximize our output in an increasingly busy and stressful world. Knowing our supplements are truly good for us means we have one less thing to worry about on a daily basis.

Dr. David Jack, a Harley Street Aesthetic Doctor with his own skincare line, uses only vegan ingredients in the supplements he creates. “In my opinion, topping up with supplements to ensure you get enough vitamins is never a bad thing, even if you have a healthy lifestyle," he says. "But, if someone is stressed and not exercising with a poor diet, it is likely that they may be micronutrient deficient, so supplements can ensure that they are getting what they need. Supplements are also useful to bolster a certain lifestyle, such as a wholly plant-based diet.”

It’s easy to be suspicious of supplements (“clean” or otherwise) when you can’t see instant, visible results; these new-gen supplements don't come cheap after all. But Dr. David Jack reveals that in his practice, he has some patients in their 70s who have been taking supplements for over 30 years and sometimes, the results can be quite astounding compared to the peers in their age group.

If you’re looking for supplements to bolster your clean skincare regimen, Wilkinson recommends keeping your eyes peeled for vitamins A, C and Zinc because these nutrients are vital for the formation of skin cells. "Protein is important because we need a good supply of protein in our diet to help make collagen," he says. "While omega 3s help maintain the skin barrier function, hydrate the complexion, lessen inflammation and prevent collagen damage. One study found that amongst nearly 3000 people, those with higher intakes of omega 3 had reduced aging of the skin.”

Want to clean up your supplement act? Below we've rounded up the 9 best clean supplements you can buy now.

Moon Juice Super Hair
Moon Juice Super Hair $60
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This is made with all the nutrients your hair loves: biotin, kelp, saw palmetto and horsetail, plus the adaptogen ashwagandha. These capsules will help to bolster healthy hair growth and might even zen you out.

The Beauty Chef Collagen
The Beauty Chef Collagen $50
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This sweet-tasting liquid contains zinc, concentrated fruit extracts )including maqui berry, blueberry and acai), alongside prebiotics and probiotics. A potent blend, it will trigger your skin's own healthy collagen production.

Dr. David Jack Sweet Dreams
Dr. David Jack Sweet Dreams $56
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The optimum doses of zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C are packed into these capsules to help support a good night's sleep. Dreamy.

Klarskin Reforming Liquid
Klarskin Reforming Liquid $65
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If you want to trigger healthy, glowing skin from the inside out, look no further than this fruit-flavoured liquid you dilute in water. It tastes good and is packed with biotin, vitamin C, B12, copper and magnesium to prevent collagen breakdown and to protect skin from the environment, while hyaluronic acid hydrates from within.

The Nue Co
The Nue Co Plant Protein + Gut Food $35
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Each dose of this powder has the same amount of protein as two eggs. Protein is key to everything from muscle growth and immunity to healthy skin, hair and nails. It's also packed with probiotics to help good bacteria flourish and to ease unwanted bloating.

Arrae Bloat
Arrae Bloat $60
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With a cocktail of natural and organic ingredients, these capsules help ease bloating after a meal. Ginger root stimulates digestion, peppermint prevents gas and bromelain helps to speed up the breakdown of food.

Biocol Labs Something for the Knackered
Biocol Labs Something for the Knackered $33
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These ampoules combine magnesium, well known to reduce fatigue, with ginseng for cognitive function. It's the perfect aid if you're on a late deadline or have a hectic social schedule.

The Super Elixir
WelleCo The Super Elixir $135
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Packed with alkalising greens, vitamins, minerals and probiotics, this powder mixes easily with water and doesn't taste anywhere near as bad as it looks (which, heads up, is like pond water). It supports your immune system, gives you a boost of energy and helps your skin, hair and nails look their best.

Bare Biology Pure Omega 3 Fish Oil
Bare Biology Pure Omega 3 Fish Oil $36
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Omega 3 helps support healthy skin function and keeps your complexion hydrated and looking young. It can even help brain function, boost your mood and metabolism. Sold!

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