Drink Your Vitamins
[POST CREATED IN COLLABORATION WITH PINK CLOUD BEAUTY CO]
The best serums, masks, and moisturisers provide a no-brainer approach to beauty that is easy to subscribe to, but being as skin-obsessed as I am, I’m also a huge advocate of taking an inside-out approach to skincare as well (which opens the door to a whole new world, the world of skincare supplements).
It all started when I had my worst acne flare-up, four years ago - cutting out dairy and taking daily supplements of zinc, evening primrose, and vitamin C made the world of difference. Fast forward four years, and suddenly the supplement industry and the beauty industry have merged and are booming with all manner of ingestible ways to tackle issues ranging from thin hair through to dull skin and brittle nails, without having to swallow a cocktail of pills.
Of course, it goes without saying that you have to do your research to figure out the good from the bad - a quick glance at an ingredients list will quickly tell you whether you’re about to drink something that’s just going to come straight out in your pee or actually make your skin glow. But if you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you want someone (a.k.a. me) to do the hard work for you and give you my ten cents on the skin supplements I actually believe in.
Whilst far from perfect, I recently got my skin to a place I’m pretty happy with. My hormonal acne is under control, my lingering scars are slowly (but surely) fading, and I haven’t had a dry skin crisis in a while. In terms of issues I’m trying to fix? Dehydration - a constant that I have to go above and beyond to counteract, and a general lacklustre appearance are getting under my skin, so to speak. All things considered, I’d give my skin a solid B right now. But the thing is, I’m an overachiever, and an A+ doesn’t feel so far off that I can’t achieve it. As ever, when I’m happy with my current routine/product lineup, I decided to turn my attention to my diet. The age old ‘cut down on sugar and drink more water’ seems easy but never really works for me, and I was about to head to my local health food store for a supplement haul when I was offered the chance to try Pink Cloud Beauty Co’s Drinkable Vitamins.
They have three formulas, Focus, Relax, and Beauty (the one I opted to try since it’s designed to boost skin health. Now, this isn’t just your regular blend of vitamins. It sees the big guns (vitamins C and E) blended with high concentrations of MSM, marine collagen, biotin, and selenium (more on these below). The result is a new breed of beauty supplement, designed to nourish skin, hair, and nails from the inside out.
It also tastes really, really good. Like, really good. I was dubious of the pink lemonade flavour, but it’s neither sickly sweet or artificial, nor does it have the slightly sour/fishy aftertaste or powdery texture that many drinkable supplements do. Plus, as a drinkable supplement (you simply mix the powder with water), it’s a welcome alternative to swallowing multiple pills on a daily basis, and drinkable vitamins are also more beneficial since they’re easier for the body to absorb. What’s more, the formula isn’t silly. No one needs to consume 500% more than the recommended daily allowance of any vitamin, which is why in this supplement it maxes out at 100% (any more and it will literally come out in your pee).
Collagen - Naturally produced by our bodies (although this decreases as we age), collagen is the building block that holds skin cells together and gives skin the strength and elasticity to keep it looking healthy and supple.
Vitamin C - As well as helping collagen to form, vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it works to decrease cell damage and also helps to speed up the body’s healing process.
Vitamin E - Another antioxidant, vitamin E helps to minimise the damage caused by UV rays. It also contributes to the body’s sebum production, helping to regular oil levels to keep moisture levels optimal.
Biotin - A great all-rounder, biotin triggers the production of amino and fatty acids, which play a role in creating healthy skin, hair, and nails.
Beetroot - Responsible for the pink colouring of this supplement, beetroot also happens to be high in vitamin C. Win, win.
Selenium - Ideal for dry and dehydrated skin, selenium works with vitamin E to protect cells from UV damage, inflammation, and pigmentation.
Anyway, I’m on day seven of my Pink Cloud Beauty Co experimentation and day seven of clear skin, so I’m raising a (pink) glass to another 21 days of clear, glowing skin. I’d love to answer any questions you have about the supplement, and I also have a discount code (GRACE15) for 15% off one off purchases or off your first monthly subscription with free delivery for life. Alternatively, you can also find the range stocked at selected Superdrug stores.