Liposomal Formulations for Supplementing Beauty

We are not one to encourage external beauty over what’s inside of you. Some of you may be on the lookout for beauty supplements though. This blog post is to help you find food supplements that make you beautiful on the outside, from the inside.

Why You Might Need Beauty Supplements

Months of staying indoors coupled with the drying effects of household heating can probably affect one’s skin, hair and nails. Some of these adverse effects on your external health may also be due to nutrient imbalances. In this post, we outline what food supplements you can take in order to boost the health of your appearance. 

Some Top Beauty Supplements 

As with all parts of our body, our skin, hair and nails require regular nourishment. This nourishment can come from your diet but most often requires supplementation with the following nutrients:

Vitamin C 

As a potential antioxidant, vitamin C is not only great to boost your immune system, it also has a host of benefits for your skin. There are high levels of Vitamin C in the outer layers of your skin, the epidermis and dermis [1]. Factors like ageing, exposure to UV light and pollutants can however, lead to a decline of this vitamin C content [1,2]. Another way that vitamin C can help in the normal function of the skin and teeth is by aiding in the synthesis of collagen [3]. The hydroxylation of collagen by vitamin C is necessary for its stability and support of the epidermis [4]. 

Liposomal Vitamin C

An adequate intake of vitamin C can remediate skin lesions caused by vitamin C deficiency [5]. In particular, the oral supplementation of vitamin C can boost its levels in your skin [6]. Further, comparative oral bioavailability studies that we have conducted with our liposomal vitamin C and other liposomal and non-liposomal forms have proven that PlantaCorp’s vitamin C formulation is maximally effective.
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Vitamin D

Cells in the epidermis of the skin, called keratinocytes, locally convert vitamin D to 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. This regulates epidermal proliferation and differentiation; activities that are essential for normal cell growth, wound healing, and maintaining the barrier function of skin [7]. In the hair, the vitamin D receptors (VDRs) are important in regulating the growth cycle of mature hair follicles [8].

When and How To Take Vitamin D3

Although our skin is capable of synthesizing vitamin D3, changes in seasonal sun-exposure and diet can affect this process [9]. Vitamin D3 supplementation is therefore especially relevant in winter. We recommend liposomal vitamin D3 formulations since the vitamin’s absorption increases in the presence of fats [10] . Studies that we conducted proved that PlantaCorp’s vitamin D3 product was 13-times more bioavailable than a competitor’s non-liposomal formulation.

Zinc For Beauty

Did you know that 6% of the body’s total zinc content is in our skin? [11]. In the skin, zinc contributes to normal protein synthesis and is involved in the metabolism of vitamin A [12]. Zinc is also essential for the maintenance of normal hair and nails [12]. In all these tissue, zinc works by stabilizing the cell membranes, serving as an essential cofactor for several enzymes, and participating in basal cell mitosis and differentiation [13]. 

How to Spot Zinc a Deficiency

Watch out for symptoms such as pigmentation changes, decreased hair and nail growth, skin lesions on sites exposed to repeated pressure and friction, erosive dermatitis, diarrhea and alopecia as possible signs of a mild to severe zinc deficiency [14]. Please report these immediately to your local physician and consult them before consuming a zinc supplement.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring cellular product that the body can synthesize. Especially in the skin, it has been shown to reduce photoaging and contribute to the regeneration of vitamin E. This is possible due to its role as an antioxidant and in its support of several metabolic pathways [15]. 

How To Get The Most From Coenzyme Q10

Plasma coenzyme Q10 levels typically decline with age and pathological conditions such as diabetes mellitus and cancer [15]. However, due to its high molecular weight and low water-solubility, supplementation of coenzyme Q10 has hitherto been hindered. To increase the bioavailability and thus efficacy of coenzyme Q10, we and scientists highly recommend the use of liposomal coenzyme Q10 supplements [16,17]. Since studies show oral supplementation with coenzyme Q10 increases blood and lipoprotein concentrations in humans [15], we further recommend our liquid liposomal coenzyme Q10 products. 

The global beauty supplement market

In 2015, the skin care segment dominated the global beauty supplement market followed by the hair care segment. Additionally, the study showed that Europe is the largest market for beauty supplements. According to a competitive analysis, the global beauty supplement market is likely to reach over USD 13,845 Mn by 2025 [18]. In addition, with the rising demand in the Asia Pacific region, we see a huge opportunity for you to enter the global beauty supplement market with our liposomal products. 

What else should I know before taking these supplements?

We remind you to please first consult with your primary care physician and avoid self-dosing before consuming the listed ingredients that we think can help improve the quality of your skin, hair and nails. 

Supplementing Beauty References

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