The Skin-Boosting Supplement You Need to Know
- Written By:Alexandra Perron, In Partnership with Mindbodygreen
Wrinkles. Elasticity. Hydration. Dealing with these common skin woes usually requires a mix of serums, toners, creams, and cleansers. As a beauty editor, I know there are enough products out there that you could fill your entire medicine cabinet (and a few drawers) just with those that promise to target wrinkles. But what if you didn’t have to? What if there was one product—a supplement—that was expertly designed to address all of these things and more? Enter cellular beauty+, the all-in-one skin supplement from mindbodygreen.
mbg's cellular beauty+ features four science-backed, plant-derived cosmeceutical ingredients: astaxanthin (a phytonutrient derived from green algae), phytoceramides (lipids essential to the skin barrier), ubiquinol CoQ10 (the most bioavailable form of this potent antioxidant), and whole fruit pomegranate extract (the antioxidant-rich superfruit we all know and love). “At mindbodygreen, we intentionally and critically researched, vetted, and included the doses of all four phytonutrients and bioactives that have been demonstrated in the peer-reviewed clinical literature to be most bioavailable and bioefficacious to you,*” says Ashley Jordan Ferira, PhD, RDN and Vice President of Scientific Affairs at mindbodygreen.
“As a brand, we don't sprinkle. Sprinkles are for cupcakes, not effective (and honest) supplements. For example, we include 6 milligrams of astaxanthin from a sustainable algae source. You'll find other brands feature 1 to 3 milligrams sometimes, and others might even include microgram amounts, yikes. That's sprinkling. It's like name dropping astaxanthin, but not including a bioeffective dose that will do anything for the skin or holistic beauty front.” These four powerhouse ingredients work together to support skin hydration, elasticity, smoothness, barrier function, and wrinkle reduction, while also delivering antioxidants and promoting cellular rejuvenation*.
What really stood out to me when learning about this product was the CoQ10. As we age, CoQ10 levels begin to decline, but ubiquinol CoQ10 helps to increase levels of this antioxidant (which, by the way, is found in every cell and used for energy production), which in turn, reduces oxidative stress*. “Although CoQ10 has been previously siloed in the heart health realm, it's so much more. We took "baby" out of the corner and let her really dance in this skin-centric beauty formula,” says Ashley.
Now, this isn’t one of those supplements you have to take for two years before you see any real results—levels of CoQ10 start increasing right away. After just eight weeks, CoQ10 has been shown to clinically reduce the biomarkers of oxidative stress*. “When oxidants prevail from regular cellular activities each day, aging, and cumulative stressors (i.e., UV rays, inflammatory pathways, immune responses, etc.), oxidative stress can occur. It can manifest in a variety of ways, from reduced elasticity and hydration, to blemishes and texture changes (less smooth and even), pigmentation like age spots, and wrinkles,” explains Ashley. “Oxidants and antioxidants are a balancing act. Picture a seesaw—you don't want the oxidant side of that seesaw to overwhelm the antioxidant capacity, such that it comes slamming down. It's too weighty. You want a more delicate and homeostatic balance. That can only occur with a regular and quality supply of potent antioxidants present in your body, including your skin cells.”
While the CoQ10 is doing its thing, you have three other ingredients hard at work—and making an impact on your skin. Astaxanthin is a unique carotenoid that helps protect skin cells and preserve the collagen layer.* It’s also clinically shown to improve skin hydration, elasticity and smoothness after six to eight weeks, and reduce fine lines and age spots after six to 16 weeks*.
The wrinkle-reducing power of phytoceramides are clear after just 15 days (!), with even more benefits kicking in after eight weeks*. And the mighty pomegranate starts flexing its muscles in the first weeks too by enhancing antioxidant responses and protection from UV exposure*. (And yes, you still need to wear SPF!)
So before you (over)fill your medicine cabinet or make an appointment at the medispa, consider turning to this science-backed, plant-derived beauty supplement. We think you’ll like what you see in the mirror.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.