Volcom asks…Have any of you successfully helped improve the condition of your skin by adding supplements (antioxidants, etc.) to your diet? What works for you? How much do you take?
The Left Brain responds:
As I’ve stated on previous posts, you can’t really drink your way to better skin. And recent article from Cosmetic Design supports this thinking by showing that even major global manufacturers are having trouble proving that their supplement products have a positive effect on skin.
Does Innéov improve from the inside?
Two industry giants, L’Oréal and Nestlé’, have joined forces to market a nutricosmetic product called Inneov that supposedly relieves dry skin. Unfortunately, the claims that the product improves skin dryness was rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The dossier of data to support the claim for Inneov’s ingestible blend of blackcurrant seed oil, lycopene, vitamin C and vitamin E, contained 29 scientific publications. However, the EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), ruled that most of scientific publications were not relevant to the claim in question. The company disagrees and plans to challenge the ruling. For the moment though, the claims are not permitted even though the NDA panel did agree with some of the data, for example that ceramide concentration in the upper skin layers was increased.
The Beauty Brains bottom line
The debate on how well ingested supplements help your skin continues. We’ll keep you posted on this Nestle-L’Oreal story as it unfolds.