These days, pre-wedding complexion prep is more than skin deep. Beyond the requisite serums and sheet masks, the solution to your skin woes could be your diet. You’ve heard it before: “Beauty starts within.” But thanks to the latest crop of beauty supplements—from antioxidant elixirs to collagen capsules to glow-enhancing powders—it’s never been more true. Nutricosmetics (industry speak for inner-beauty boosters) are big business; the market is on track to hit $7.2 billion by 2020.
Alex Caspero, head dietitian for HUM Nutrition, credits this rise to an increase in consumer awareness and scientific research. “Many people are noticing that their diet changes not only how they feel but also how they look. There’s also more research being done on various ingredients and what role the may play in beauty. A decade ago, we weren't seeing much of a connection between gut health and beauty—and now, it's a primary focus.” As consumers become more attuned with the positive impact of specific nutrients and research continues to evolve, Caspero predicts the market is going to grow even more.
Ready to take your complexion to the next level? These are the pills, powders, and drinks to start incorporating into your daily routine stat.
Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Water in Cucumber Aloe
One look at the ingredient list—which includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, probiotics, cucumber, pineapple, and aloe vera—and you’d swear this was a top-of-the-line serum. But this powdered beauty water (designed for sipping, not slathering) supports hydration and elasticity, from the inside out. (Collagen Beauty Water in Cucumber Aloe, $49 for 9.17 ounces, Vital Proteins)
HUM Nutrition Red Carpet
Loaded with omegas (alpha lipoic acid and gamma lipoic acid) from black-currant-seed oil and vitamin E from sunflower-seed oil, these award-winning capsules live up to their promise of gorgeously glowy skin—with the added bonus of shiny strands—guaranteeing that when your big day arrives, you’ll be ready to strut your stuff down the red carpet—er, the aisle. (Red Carpet, $25 for 60 softgels, HUM Nutrition)
The Beauty Chef Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost
Powered by antioxidant-rich enzymes and bio-fermented probiotics, this organic concentrate repairs existing cellular damage and guards against future oxidative assault. Mix with water or whip up a batch of papaya and pomegranate popsicles—pretty perfect for summer. (Inner Beauty Boost, $39.95 for 500mL, the Beauty Chef)
Perricone MD Skin Clear Supplements
The last thing you want to worry about on your big day is a pimple. But for many blemish-prone brides, topical treatments just aren’t enough. Enter these skin-loving supplements, fueled by alpha lipoic acid to minimize pores and zinc to support clarity. And the pre-portioned packets take the guesswork out of getting your daily dose. (Skin Clear Supplements, $95 for 30 packets, Perricone MD)
Moon Juice Beauty Dust
The brainchild of Amanda Chantal Bacon, this edible radiance booster blends adaptogenic schisandra to combat stress, age-old luminizer pearl powder, and a hint of organic stevia for natural sweetness. The subtle black-tea flavor is a tasty addition to smoothies. (Beauty Dust, $30 for 1.5 ounces, Moon Juice Shop)
Reserveage Collagen Booster
One way to guarantee your makeup looks impeccable on your big day—other than the requisite makeup trials—is to start with a flawless canvas. And this skin-perfecting complex, starring collagen, hyaluronic acid (yes, the same magical hydrator that’s in your fave topical formulas), and resveratrol, delivers just that. (Collagen Booster, $41.99 for 60 capsules, Reserveage)
Raw Complexions Skin Balance Beauty Food
If you are what you eat, we’d suggest chowing down on this beauty food blend of alkalizing greens, amino acid-rich hemp seeds, adaptogenic ashwagandha, and anti-inflammatory turmeric. (Skin Balance Beauty Food, $34.95 for 4.4 ounces, Raw Complexions)
Because it’s never too early to step up your anti-aging game. Lumity isn’t just any old supplement; it contains a cocktail of vitamins and minerals that target the causes of aging from the inside out. Three softgels in the a.m. and p.m. leaves skin softer and smoother. And, let’s be honest, wedding planning can be stressful; at least now it won’t show on your face! (Lumity, $115 for a four-week supply, Lumity)