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Your skin is a mirror of your overall health, so it makes no sense to splurge on the best creams and serums and then pop any old multi-vitamin. Everyone guilty of picking up a random box to make up the 3for2 offer at your local chemist, raise you hands. Everyone? Thought so. You need to look at your key skin concerns and work around the key ingrediants that suit. No more grabbing the first box of tablets with the words ‘skin’ or ‘beauty’ on the front.
Confused as to what works? That's where we come in. Actually, ‘Powders are far better absorbed than capsules because there is no barrier to break down first,’ says Tipper Lewis, naturopathic herbalist and head of training at Neal’s Yard Remedies. ‘Also your body absorbs supplements much more easily if you take them as tinctures [herbal extracts in an alcohol base]. The alcohol in a tincture fast-tracks the ingredients into your bloodstream.’ Anything that works over-time gets a definite yes from us.
There’s also something appealingly old school about dispensing drops from a glass pipette or mixing a powder into a skin-boosting potion. We now have so many potions on our desk, it’s starting to look like an apothecary.
Our favourites are:
The Organic Pharmacy Beauty Drops, £49
Drink these drops with water, or mix with your face cream to bump up it’s anti-oxidant powers. Expect a noicticable glow after about two weeks. City skin particularly loves them.
Fushi Skin, Hair & Nails Horsetail Burdock Herbal Beauty Drink, £19.50
Contains a host of skin-supporting herbs, but the main thing we noticed was that our nails great twice as fast as normal.
Dr Brandt Detoxifying Antioxidant Water Booster Goji-Maqui, £31.50
Hate green tea? No problem. A dropper-full of this contains as many antioxidant polyphenols as 15 cups of the stuff.
Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder, £7.99
Baobab fruit contains more antioxidants per gram than blueberries and pomegranates combined, so the slightly odd sherbet-y taste is worth it.
The Super Elixir, £36
The fact that Elle Macherson is behind this alkalising greens powder is testament enough for us, but if you’re more skeptical, it comes with pH strips, so you can actually test your pee.
Neal's Yard Mahonia Clear Skin Formula, £12
The purifying herbs in this are brilliant if you’re break-out-prone. Just don’t add it to a big glass of water – the bitter taste is best tolerated short and sharp.
Words by Sophie Qureshi | Contributing Beauty Editor | Marie Claire