The medical aesthetics industry is seeing a new category of beauty heading its way. Nutricosmetics are defined as a group of ingestible natural health products (from functional food, beverage or pill form), formulated to bring out the best “from within.” Increasingly, North Americans are becoming more educated and sophisticated in their understanding on the benefits of how optimal nutrition relates to how they look and feel. In fact, nutricosmetics is rated a top 10 trend for 2010.
Many people know that the skin is the largest organ in the body, but they don¹t realize that, as such, it puts incredible nutritive demands on the body for optimal growth and repair. We assimilate these nutrients from food/supplements without which our skin will age more quickly and lack a self defense barrier to protect it from external forces. As we are increasingly exposed to pollutants through diet and the environment, I believe that nutriceutical beauty will become a key component in our beauty regimen to protect ourselves from accelerated aging and maximize our natural beauty. On a daily basis, to attain all the best skin nutrients from diet alone is extremely difficult. A nutricosmetic works along with a healthy lifestyle to optimize skin health and beauty.
A growing body of nutritional research shows certain antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals have a direct benefit in protecting the skin from accelerated aging. For example, GliSODin Skin Nutrients, developed by Isocell Laboratories of Paris, France, is a unique non-genetically modified melon extract naturally rich in superoxide dismutase (SOD), which incorporates the science and ingredients into their products for proven results. Complimentary nutriceuticals, natural isolates, vitamins and minerals have been added to produce an efficacious product line to enhance skin health and beauty, and support medical aesthetic procedures.
Typically, nutricosmetics work to do the following:
• Promote healthy skin through antioxidant protection, hydration and
• Photo protectant properties (protecting the skin from UV oxidative
• Promote a healthy rate of recovery (wound healing);
• Promote healthy hair and nails; and
• Promote slimming
Nutricosmetics combined with a healthy lifestyle help to promote better skin and beauty health. It is important to note that although there are a multitude of products and ingredients now being marketed for skin health and beauty purposes, we need to seek products (like GliSODin Skin Nutrients) that are backed by health professionals with credible scientific studies proving the desired benefits. Nutriceuticals is quickly becoming a major player in the beauty industry and a top emerging trend in 2010.
About the author:
Paula Simpson, B.A.Sc (Nutrition), RNCP retains 15 years experience in consulting, public relations, product formulation and program development for the nutraceutical and weight loss industry. Her role as a scientific evaluator and regulatory consultant for some of the top nutraceutical companies worldwide has solidified her reputation as a leader in research and development for innovative natural health products. She is the co-founder and one of the formulators behind the GliSODin Skin Nutrients Nutricosmetic Line.