Most of my time is spent researching skincare—both for my job and just for fun. I am fascinated by innovation, ingredients, and various products and techniques that help my skin look radiant, smooth, and happy. That said, there’s a previously untapped resource out there (at least by me) and it has nothing to do with applying a topical formula—these formulas work to keep your skin plump and youthful from the inside out. See, what you put in your body is paramount, as the foundation of skin health starts with nourishing your skin from within—nutrient-rich foods, adequate sleep, and lots of water to keep your skin plump and youthful. And, after all my internet searches, dermatologist interviews, and trial-and-error testing, I’ve found the most effective nourishing supplements for me (this includes capsules, powders, and liquid drops). And, there’s science to back them up.
Below, find the most helpful products I’ve been using of late, along with what they do and why they’re special (i.e. how they work to keep me glowing). Keep scrolling for healthy skincare habits to rejuvenate, hydrate, and support your body’s natural collagen production that are easy and effective.
Rejuvenate with Antioxidants
Designed with your evolving needs in mind, Rae’s Refresh Supplement offers ingestible protection from environmental stressors. This works to support your skin from the inside out. The blend of vitamins A and E, along with hyaluronic acid and grape seed, support cellular growth, protect your lipid barrier, neutralize free radicals, deeply hydrate, and even minimize fine lines over time. If you’re into ingredients like we are, you’ve probably heard of vitamin A—as it’s best known for increasing cell turnover, stimulating collagen and elastin production, and even fading pigmentation. Then, paired with vitamin E (which is celebrated for its antioxidant properties, as well as healing and keeping your skin moist), this blend of good-for-you skincare is pretty much a powerhouse blend for your body, and thus, your face.
All you have to do is take two capsules daily (there’s a 30-day supply) and wash them down with a glass of water. I like to take them in the morning as part of my pre-work routine. It’s almost zen-like at this point. I light a candle, finish my coffee, and rejuvenate my skin with antioxidants and a glass of water. They’re incredible—not only because they work, but also because the brand donates 5% of all of revenue to Girls Inc.
Vitamin C is one of those buzzy ingredients that absolutely lives up to the hype. It does three key things for your skin: protects against environmental stressors (which cause skin dullness), promotes collagen production, and evens skin tone. All this is to say it makes your glow—which, to me, is the ultimate goal. I like Rae’s Vegan Collagen Boost for that very reason (and they come in an incredibly easy-to-use format). The supplements offer that ever-coveted lit-from-within glow as they very literally renew your skin from within. Along with vitamin C, this 30-day pack of supplements offers plant-derived “collagen boosters” to support your body’s natural collagen production. They’re packed with amino acids lysine, proline, and glycine, which are paramount in collagen synthesis.
Something to note: As you age, your collagen production slows down (bummer), but these boosters offer aid to your skin. And after a year like this one, who doesn’t need a little help to naturally illuminate? Paired with bamboo (which is high in vitamins A, B, E, and minerals to support growth), taking these supplements is a fast, easy way to support your body (think: hair, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons)—and your skin.
Nourish from the Inside Out
My hair and nails have been through it—overprocessing, heat-styling, and gel manicures every two weeks until both my ends and my cuticles had just about enough. Enter: Rae’s Beauty Drops, an ingestible liquid dietary supplement created to support those very things. Again, you’ve probably heard of biotin, but have you ever had it mixed with your favorite beverage? These drops use the B vitamin to support healthy skin, hair, and nails and they couldn’t be easier to work into your routine. To start, they’re essentially tasteless—so all you need to do is add one full dropper to a hot or cold drink (I choose my coffee in the morning because that’s my aforementioned me time).
Here’s the ingredient rundown: Biotin is a water-soluble essential vitamin in the B vitamin family, also known as B7. It helps to process glucose, fats, and proteins and convert them into energy for your body. So while it may help strengthen brittle nails and thinning hair, it also has an effect on the formation of fatty acids in your skin. Taking it orally helps to produce better results, as it’s absorbed by your bloodstream.
Hydrate From Within
According to the brand, Rae’s Skin Hydration Drops are like a “tall, cool glass of water for your skin.” That alone would entice me to take them. As someone who is constantly on the hunt for better, more effective hydration—your skin is the largest organ in your body, so keeping it moist is vital—I couldn’t have been more excited to start integrating this ingestible liquid dietary supplement into my routine. See, they’re created with ingestible hyaluronic acid, another buzzy ingredient you likely know quite well, and they go to work at the cellular level so you can shine from the inside out. Think healthy, glossy, glowing skin.
As a refresher, hyaluronic acid is a molecule naturally found in your skin as well as the connective tissue in your body. It’s like a cushion-y, moisture-binding lubricant for your joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes. In fact, studies show it’s an incredible ingredient for retaining skin moisture. And ingesting it cuts out the middleman. Add a full dropper to a drink (I like to put it in a glass of water to double-down on hydration), but you can bring it with you anywhere you go for a quick hydration boost.