We always knew that beauty comes from the inside. What if ‘inner beauty’ really was the key to one’s appearance? A trend that includes Nutricosmetics, a concept which has existed for years, but which is set to see an explosion of interest driven by a desire to return to the basics.
According to Stephen Defelice, the founder and chairman of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, any food or part of a food that provides medical or health benefits could be defined as Nutraceuticals. He coined the term ‘Nutraceuticals’ from the words ‘nutrition’ and ‘pharmaceutical’. This coined term also gave birth to a new derivation known as Nutricosmetics.
To fully understand and embrace Nutricosmetics, one needs to completely revise his or her approach to beauty. Instead of applying a cream or mask to eliminate imperfections on a temporary basis, it is a question of “treating” oneself from the inside and reaping the benefits on the outside, thanks to nutrients, micronutrients, and other active principles; in other words via what we generally call food supplements.
The field of nutricosmetics includes food supplements that can effect the skin, hair and nails. You may be familiar with the various vitamins whose benefits for the skin have been known for decades, but women can also look to zinc, omega 3 and 6, certain enzymes, and even collagen as they have numerous benefits ranging from combating hair loss or brittle hair, to elasticity, glow and hydration for skin, and even aiding in the fight against skin aging.
Nutricosmetic food supplements are offered in different forms. There are capsules, pills, sachets, and even gummy candy and chewing gum. Of course, a healthy diet remains the best way to nourish oneself in order to glow from the inside as well as the outside. But these supplements should only be taken as a “complementary” step in your beauty routine.
Nutricosmetic shows that the approach to beauty has changed in the last few years, and even more so since the beginning of the health crisis. More and more people are now talking about “holistic beauty,” which blurs the boundaries between beauty, health, and well-being, and consists of thinking that having beautiful skin requires a healthier lifestyle.