Have you ever styled your hair and found excessive shedding on your counter or bathroom floor? Does your skin lack natural glow and lustre? Are your nails brittle, peeling, or constantly breaking? It’s safe to say that we all want healthy hair, skin, and nails. Considering that the beauty industry brought in 483 billion dollars worldwide in 2020, this means there are plenty of options marketed to you, but how many of these remedies really work? It can be challenging and expensive to navigate the natural product market. We’re here to provide you with science-backed benefits of natural ingredients, and supplementation options that allow you to accomplish more, with less.
Key Ingredients in High-Quality Hair, Skin and Nail Supplements
To ensure you are choosing the best quality hair, skin, and nail vitamin you will need to look for key vitamins, minerals and nutrients on the ingredient list. This ingredient guide will help you identify an effective formula that will provide the results you are looking for.
Top 7 Ingredients for Hair, Skin, and Nails
Omega Fatty Acids
Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids serve as essential building blocks, required for cellular health and beauty. While we know omega fatty acids support immunity, and cognitive function and balance inflammation, what’s lesser known is that omegas also moisturize from the inside out. With high-quality raw plant oils such as Black Seed, Cranberry Seed, and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, natural omega 3, 6, and 9 content is also found with naturally occurring phytonutrients and antioxidants for additional benefits.
Supporting your body's natural ability to produce collagen provides multifaceted benefits. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, making up around 25% of our total protein content. A major structural component is required for hair, skin, and nail health. After we reach age 25, our collagen output naturally decreases, this can be seen visually in the skin as a loss of elasticity and the youthful ‘plump’. Supporting your body's natural ability to make collagen involves including sources of vitamin C, silica, omega fatty acids, and phytonutrients.
While Vitamin C is best known for its role in immunity and decreasing oxidative stress, this vitamin also ties in with cellular beauty. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that fights free radical damage and promotes collagen production which is essential for maintaining healthy skin, improving hair structure, and supporting strong nails.
Silica is like the glue that holds collagen together and as collagen declines, so does the framework that binds the collagen. Without adequate silica, our body's natural ability to formulate and maintain collagen is greatly impaired. Botanical source silica is closest in constituents as silica from a dietary form. High-quality bamboo stem extract can contain up to 70% silica and is considered one of the safest botanicals available, with impressive bioavailability in comparison to horsetail.
Vitamin E is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that is important for normal collagen cross-linking. Sun exposure and ageing increase the need for antioxidants. Both vitamins C & E combat oxidative stress to help maintain healthy skin health and promote healthy ageing.
While calcium is better known for its role in maintaining bone health, this macromineral is also necessary for other structural components like hair, skin, and nails. Calcium intake is vital for cellular beauty. A deficiency in calcium can leave your hair, skin, and nails vulnerable to damage, appearing thin, fragile, and dry.
Biotin (Vitamin B7)
Biotin is in the B-vitamin family and is known as the hair vitamin as it plays a critical role in synthesizing keratin. Studies show that adequate biotin intake can significantly enhance the rate of hair growth. As a water-soluble vitamin, biotin is not stored in the body and must be taken with our diet daily. Biotin deficiency manifests as dry, scaly skin, rashes, acne, hair loss & brittle nails.
What to Look for on Supplement Labels
While it’s easy to choose a supplement with an aesthetic label and key marketing terms such as ‘Advanced Beauty Formula’ or ‘Undeniable Beauty’ if you aren’t analyzing the ingredient list, or know what ingredients to look for. You may not be making the most informed decision, and could end up disappointed! Aside from specific ingredients, it’s important to look for these key indicators in hair, skin and nail vitamins:
"As appealing as gummy vitamins may look. If they contain these red flag ingredients, they're not worth it"
What to Avoid – Red Flag Ingredients
Supplement labels are often confusing to read, and sometimes misleading for the consumer. Reading supplement labels can feel like an unfamiliar language - your eyes may glaze over words and terms that you’re not familiar with. It’s like when you saw the word ‘quinoa’ for the first time. While we may not have the time to scrutinize every single ingredient, there are a few standout red flag ingredients that you should avoid:
One of the biggest groups of ingredients to avoid in vitamins for hair, skin, and nails (especially gummies) is artificial colours. Artificial colours are used solely for aesthetic purposes, to make a product look more appealing to the naked eye.
Consumption of artificial dyes can cause an inflammatory response in the body, which leads to the activation of the immune system (increases the number of white blood cells entering the bloodstream). Some of the most commonly used food dyes (Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6) are contaminated with known carcinogens or cancer-causing substances, such as 4-aminobiphenyl, 4-aminoazobenzene, and benzidine.
If you spot a colour followed by a number on an ingredient list, then stay away!
Red Dye #40: Also known as Allura Red, FD&C Red No.40 and Red 40 is a synthetic food colouring that is considered one of the most toxic and harmful food colours out there. Studies show this dye can cause considerable health issues (1)
Red Dye #3: Or ‘erythrosine’, is an organic iodine compound. This food colouring may increase the risk of thyroid cancer and has been shown to cause DNA damage in liver cells (2)
Carmine Red: Or ‘cochineal’ is made from dried cochineal insects, which is processed in a variety of ways with alcohol or aluminium to produce carminic acid or carmine, which is red
- Yellow 5 & Yellow 6: Found to be contaminated with carcinogens and can cause hypersensitivity reactions (3)
Often used as a filler and preservative in supplements. Hydrogenation is a process in which a liquid unsaturated fat is turned into a solid fat by adding hydrogen. These oils are highly inflammatory, are considered to be rancid, and have a high chance of being genetically modified. There’s no need or place for this in a vitamin designed for cellular beauty.
GMOs, Gluten, Soy and Dairy
Wheat (gluten), soy, and dairy by-products may provide macronutrients when consumed in a meal, but these do not contain valuable vitamins, minerals or key nutrients that would provide any additional benefits in a supplement form. By-products of wheat, soy, and dairy are often used as a filler during manufacturing, and all of these ingredients are top allergens that should not be included in a product that you intend to use daily, over the long term - they may promote low-grade inflammation. Organic and non-GMO ingredients are grown, handled and processed to a higher standard. Organic ingredients ensure the product is free from synthetic pesticides, herbicides and harmful chemicals.
Best Hair, Skin and Nail Supplements for 2023
We hope this guide delivered the insights you needed and instilled confidence in choosing effective supplementation that will provide the results you are craving.
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1. Toxicology of food dyes - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23026007/
2. Genotoxic and mutagenic effects of erythrosine B, a xanthene food dye, on HepG2 cells - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22847138/
3. Artificial Food Colors and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Symptoms: Conclusions to Dye for - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3441937/