Ingestible beauty is a booming category that aims to bridge the gap between beauty and wellness. It makes sense, given the global health pandemic and a renewed focus on feeling good (as opposed to just looking it).
At The Green Edit, we’ve always been interested in a holistic approach, so any powder, elixir or vitamin designed to nourish from the inside out certainly piques our interest. It’s a saturated space, and not all are worth the time and effort, but for founder and editor Cathy Tolpigin, a select few have made their way into her daily routine.
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Below, we’re listing some of her favourites, and the benefits they have in relation to skin and general wellbeing. It’s important to note that these aren’t designed to replace professional health advice, so be sure to speak with your GP regarding any concerns.
But having said that, keep scrolling for The Green Edit guide to ingestible beauty.
Edible Beauty Native Plant-Based Collagen Powder
Vegan collagen supplements are hard to come by, but this offering from Edible Beauty is seriously impressive. It’s bolstered with kakadu plum for vitamin C, sea buckthorn as a source of antioxidants and baobab, a nutrient-dense fruit and known prebiotic. It’s designed to support skin health, so consider adding it to water or a smoothie to boost your complexion from the inside, out.
Edible Beauty Native Plant-Based Collagen Powder ($37)
The Beauty Chef Glow Powder
This beautiful mix of bio-fermented ingredients (maqui berries, queen garnet plum, pomegranate, turmeric and sea minerals among them) is beneficial when it comes to both skin health and gut health. It’s rich in both pre and probiotics to feed the microbiome, plus antioxidants, polyphenols and phytonutrients for general wellbeing. Add it to a glass of water upon waking every day.
Swish Wellness Supergreen Superfood Powder
This supplement is designed to alkalise the body, thanks to a blend of over 40 nutrient-dense food powders. There’s wheatgrass, pineapple, alfalfa, maca and kiwi, so it tastes sweet and delicious despite the rich green colour. If you want an all-round daily greens boost, this is pretty great.
Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder by Lee Holmes
Qualified Clinical Nutritionist and whole foods chef Lee Holmes created her line of supplements off the back of her own health journey, with the Love Your Gut powder at the centre. The hero ingredient is naturopathic grade, organic diatomaceous Earth, a compound thought to clean out waste, toxins, metals and mucous in the digestive tract. Holmes recommends starting with one teaspoon twice daily to begin with, but speak to your health practitioner to be sure.
JSHealth Hair + Energy Formula
Clinical nutritionist Jess Sepel has long been known for her JSHealth online eating plan, so it made perfect sense when she launched her eponymous supplement line a few years back. The Hair + Energy formula in particular is a favourite, using zinc, iodine and a unique kelp extract to encourage hair health and support energy levels. The real draw card though, is the endless stream of customer before and afters: think longer, stronger, thicker hair.
Optima Nutricosmetics Complete Skin Food Elixir™ Ultimate 1.0
If you're after an all-in-one ingestible beauty supplement, this is as good as it gets. It's packed with skin-loving collagen peptides, pre and probiotics, antioxidants and other essential nutrients to nourish the skin, gut and promote a general sense of wellbeing. The strawberry-vanilla powder tastes great in a smoothie, as well.
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