Supplements support total body health and amazing skin

It is said that beauty is only skin deep. However, there are a few high-end skin care companies that would beg to differ.

It is the dawning of the age of nutraceuticals – the use of vitamin, herbal and food extracts to attain specifically desired health or aesthetic results. In addition to high-quality topical applications, companies such as Dr. Perricone, Men-Science and Dr. Murad have created lines of supplements that are intended to enhance the skin’s overall appearance from the inside out.

The theory behind this school of thinking is that creating harmony, health and well-being within the body is the key foundation. The inner balance will manifest itself on the exterior, enhancing the look of the body’s largest organ – the skin.

Skin & Total Body Supplements by Dr. Perricone support a healthy immune system, diminish the appearance of fine lines and create a more radiant overall outward appearance. It accomplishes this through its highly researched ingredient list of antioxidants and vitamins, which fight free radicals to reduce cell damage at the molecular level. Highlights of this formulation include omega-3, calcium, magnesium, astaxanthin and a host of vitamins. A one-month supply, which consists of 60 apportioned packets taken twice daily, costs $140. Dr. Perricone products are available at Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Nordstrom and www.perriconemd.com.

The MenScience Advanced Antioxidant Supplement assists the body in decelerating the aging process also by supporting the body’s defense against free radicals. This translates to more youthful, healthy and glowing skin. The supplement has been scientifically formulated specifically for men with a proprietary mix of antioxidants that include beta carotene, green tea polyphenols and catechins, lycopene, lutein and co-enzyme Q10. A one-month supply, or 60 capsules, costs $28. MenScience products are available at Nordstrom, Sephora and online at www.menscience.com.

Dr. Howard Murad asserts that “breakouts begin below the surface where topical products can’t penetrate.” The Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement by Murad provides necessary nutrients to stimulate the production of healthy, clear and beautiful skin while significantly reducing breakouts. Vitamin A aids in preventing clogged pores; yellow dock and burdock support the body’s ability to eliminate acne-producing toxins; and zinc aids in regulating oil on the skin’s surface and in the production of fresh, healthy skin cells. A one-month supply costs $43 and consists of 120 capsules. Murad products are available at Heaven on Earth Spa, Sephora and online at www.Murad.com

Each of these three products is part of its respective larger line of skin care and total body health supplements that are targeted to create a specific result. MenScience is one of the few skin-care companies marketing skin and total health supplements exclusively to men. The supplement programs by Dr. Murad and Dr. Perricone are unisex and often purchased by men, according to one retailer.

This is the future of the skin-care industry – nutraceuticals in combination with advanced topical applications will yield a more beautiful you. Looking at the body as a whole and improving health from within is paramount to having better-looking skin. In our modern-day world, where we are searching for meaning and substance, it is comforting that looking good goes far beyond our facade and into our depths.

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