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Supplements:
do they help or hurt your skin?

It depends.

It seems like supplements are popping up everywhere lately. From major retailers like Sephora and Nordstrom expanding their wellness spaces to trendy vitamin formulations from Hum Nutrition — it begs the questions, do supplements actually help? If so, which ones should you be taking?

Green Tea

We’re what you would call matcha obsessed. So, when it came to time to formulate this green-powered toner we knew we had to include Green Tea. These fresh tea leaves are enriched with high doses of antioxidants and polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate aka EGCG — an anti-inflammatory plant compound that protects the skin from UV-photo damage and premature aging. This is why antioxidants are a must-have in any routine!

Besides being an amazing anti-ager — Green Tea is also well-known for it’s antibacterial and astringent properties. This is thanks to another compound called tannins which reduce sebum/oil production further combating acne and skin texture. This is just one of the many green ingredients we including to smooth skin texture and balance the skin. 

Artichoke

Artichoke is chock full of antioxidants and peptides which improve skin texture, combat fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly reduces the appearance of large pores for a soft, radiant glow. This nourishing vegetable is rich in natural vitamin C to boost collagen production and revive dull skin and increase moisture retention. 

Centella Asiatica

We added a healthy dose of Centella Asiatica Water to the toner to soothe irritation and combat skin texture thanks to its ability to inhibit acne-causing bacteria. Centella Asiatica (aka “Cica”) is an ancient medicinal herb known for its powerful soothing properties that has been used in the East for thousands of years. It's jam-packed with antioxidants and soothing amino acids that improve the skin's barrier function increasing hydration levels and visibly calming redness and irritation. In fact, it's alternatively known as "tiger grass" because tigers used to roll around in it to soothe and repair their wounds.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a potent anti-inflammatory source of antioxidants including lutein, a carotenoid that works to protect your skin from oxidative damage. Environmental stressors like pollution and sun exposure encounter free radicals that can damage collagen leading to fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, and sagging skin. Antioxidants like lutein work to combat that damage leaving you with firmer, more youthful skin. Broccoli is also rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to increase moisture retention and reinforce your skin barrier.

Aloe

Did you know that aloe is made up of 90% water? This incredibly anti-inflammatory ingredient was a necessary addition to the toner for its powerful soothing and healing properties. It’s also loaded with Vitamins A and B, folic acid, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, good fatty acids, and triglycerides to infuse the skin with an amazing dose of hydration leaving skin feeling plump with moisture.

Long Story Short

💚Greens are amazing additions to any skincare routine but especially those looking to soothe inflammation and combat acne-causing bacteria. We combined a powerful blend of 33 different greens to provide a maximum dose of antioxidant power to hydrate, balance, and detoxify your skin. Don’t believe us? Just give it a try.

Which ingredient are you most excited about? Let us know! 

WHAT ARE BEAUTY SUPPLEMENTS?

We’re sure you’ve seen them before — a new expansion on the traditional “hair, skin, and nails” supplements that have always been around. Now, these new-age supplements come in all shapes and sizes from collagen to hyaluronic acid and even ones that claim to make your skin glow from the inside out. Technically, a lot of them contain the same vitamins and minerals you would find in traditional hair, skin, and nails vitamins but these blends are specifically intended to target your skin health.

DO THEY WORK?

It’s complicated. It depends on your own health and where you are at vitamin-wise. We think it’s important to point out that before you take any supplements you should always talk to your doctor first to assess whether or not you actually need them. The reality is that the only vitamins we should be taking are ones that we are deficient in. There is no benefit in overloading the body with vitamins we don’t need. This is where the “work” aspect comes in. You may see an improvement in your health with vitamins if you were previously lacking them. So, technically they can work but it depends on your individual health.

Think of it this way, if you suddenly changed your diet from tons of refined sugar to healthy fruits and vegetables and complex carbs — your health will, of course, improve and it’s the same with vitamins. If you were lacking any specific vitamin or mineral, taking them will help to improve your overall health and it some cases your skin as well. But, it’s necessary to understand that supplements aren’t a one and done solution for your skin issues. There just isn’t enough scientific research to correlate skin health and supplements.

This isn’t meant to disregard supplements entirely. In fact, some research has shown that vitamin D deficiency could lead to an increased risk of acne so there are some instances where vitamin deficiencies can show itself on the skin. But, again, you could potentially see clearer skin if you take vitamin D supplements if you were previously deficient in it. Supplements are only there to fill in the gaps you may already have in your diet not to replace them entirely.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE TRENDY INGREDIENTS LIKE HYALURONIC ACID?

The more the wellness space grows the more we see ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and collagen becoming front and center. These supplements vary from our typical vitamin A and C so we can understand the confusion when it comes to understanding whether or not they actually provide the skin with any benefits.

Hyaluronic acid, for example, is a sugar molecule that is naturally found in the body that retains moisture and lubricates your connective tissue. It’s an essential component which sadly degrades as we age so how do we prevent this? With a hyaluronic acid supplement? While there is some positive research to suggest oral hyaluronic acid use can actually help to hydrate and plump the skin — keep in mind the research is limited. There hasn’t been enough done to conclusively prove the benefit. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t take them but don’t rely on it entirely.

You can think of collagen supplementation in the same way as hyaluronic acid. The research has been positive but is also extremely limited. Instead of looking to supplement your routine with collagen, we suggest using collagen-boosting products like retinol or peptides instead to keep skin firm and plump. Retinol, in particular, has been considerably researched and is considered the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging. These products would be a wiser investment than a collagen supplement that could potentially work. 

LONG STORY SHORT

💊Supplements are complicated. But, don’t ditch them entirely. Have a conversation with your doctor to figure out the ones you actually need in your routine rather than relying on them to change your skin. Keep in mind that just because something is hyped doesn’t mean it actually works.

WHAT ARE BEAUTY SUPPLEMENTS?

We’re sure you’ve seen them before — a new expansion on the traditional “hair, skin, and nails” supplements that have always been around. Now, these new-age supplements come in all shapes and sizes from collagen to hyaluronic acid and even ones that claim to make your skin glow from the inside out. Technically, a lot of them contain the same vitamins and minerals you would find in traditional hair, skin, and nails vitamins but these blends are specifically intended to target your skin health.

DO THEY WORK?

It’s complicated. It depends on your own health and where you are at vitamin-wise. We think it’s important to point out that before you take any supplements you should always talk to your doctor first to assess whether or not you actually need them. The reality is that the only vitamins we should be taking are ones that we are deficient in. There is no benefit in overloading the body with vitamins we don’t need. This is where the “work” aspect comes in. You may see an improvement in your health with vitamins if you were previously lacking them. So, technically they can work but it depends on your individual health.

Think of it this way, if you suddenly changed your diet from tons of refined sugar to healthy fruits and vegetables and complex carbs — your health will, of course, improve and it’s the same with vitamins. If you were lacking any specific vitamin or mineral, taking them will help to improve your overall health and it some cases your skin as well. But, it’s necessary to understand that supplements aren’t a one and done solution for your skin issues. There just isn’t enough scientific research to correlate skin health and supplements.

This isn’t meant to disregard supplements entirely. In fact, some research has shown that vitamin D deficiency could lead to an increased risk of acne so there are some instances where vitamin deficiencies can show itself on the skin. But, again, you could potentially see clearer skin if you take vitamin D supplements if you were previously deficient in it. Supplements are only there to fill in the gaps you may already have in your diet not to replace them entirely.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE TRENDY INGREDIENTS
LIKE HYALURONIC ACID?

The more the wellness space grows the more we see ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and collagen becoming front and center. These supplements vary from our typical vitamin A and C so we can understand the confusion when it comes to understanding whether or not they actually provide the skin with any benefits.

Hyaluronic acid, for example, is a sugar molecule that is naturally found in the body that retains moisture and lubricates your connective tissue. It’s an essential component which sadly degrades as we age so how do we prevent this? With a hyaluronic acid supplement? While there is some positive research to suggest oral hyaluronic acid use can actually help to hydrate and plump the skin — keep in mind the research is limited. There hasn’t been enough done to conclusively prove the benefit. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t take them but don’t rely on it entirely.

You can think of collagen supplementation in the same way as hyaluronic acid. The research has been positive but is also extremely limited. Instead of looking to supplement your routine with collagen, we suggest using collagen-boosting products like retinol or peptides instead to keep skin firm and plump. Retinol, in particular, has been considerably researched and is considered the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging. These products would be a wiser investment than a collagen supplement that could potentially work.

LONG STORY SHORT

💊Supplements are complicated. But, don’t ditch them entirely. Have a conversation with your doctor to figure out the ones you actually need in your routine rather than relying on them to change your skin. Keep in mind that just because something is hyped doesn’t mean it actually works.

It depends.

It seems like supplements are popping up everywhere lately. From major retailers like Sephora and Nordstrom expanding their wellness spaces to trendy vitamin formulations from Hum Nutrition — it begs the questions, do supplements actually help? If so, which ones should you be taking?

Green Tea

We’re what you would call matcha obsessed. So, when it came to time to formulate this green-powered toner we knew we had to include Green Tea. These fresh tea leaves are enriched with high doses of antioxidants and polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate aka EGCG — an anti-inflammatory plant compound that protects the skin from UV-photo damage and premature aging. This is why antioxidants are a must-have in any routine!

Besides being an amazing anti-ager — Green Tea is also well-known for it’s antibacterial and astringent properties. This is thanks to another compound called tannins which reduce sebum/oil production further combating acne and skin texture. This is just one of the many green ingredients we including to smooth skin texture and balance the skin. 

Artichoke

Artichoke is chock full of antioxidants and peptides which improve skin texture, combat fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly reduces the appearance of large pores for a soft, radiant glow. This nourishing vegetable is rich in natural vitamin C to boost collagen production and revive dull skin and increase moisture retention. 

Centella Asiatica

We added a healthy dose of Centella Asiatica Water to the toner to soothe irritation and combat skin texture thanks to its ability to inhibit acne-causing bacteria. Centella Asiatica (aka “Cica”) is an ancient medicinal herb known for its powerful soothing properties that has been used in the East for thousands of years. It's jam-packed with antioxidants and soothing amino acids that improve the skin's barrier function increasing hydration levels and visibly calming redness and irritation. In fact, it's alternatively known as "tiger grass" because tigers used to roll around in it to soothe and repair their wounds.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a potent anti-inflammatory source of antioxidants including lutein, a carotenoid that works to protect your skin from oxidative damage. Environmental stressors like pollution and sun exposure encounter free radicals that can damage collagen leading to fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, and sagging skin. Antioxidants like lutein work to combat that damage leaving you with firmer, more youthful skin. Broccoli is also rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to increase moisture retention and reinforce your skin barrier.

Aloe

Did you know that aloe is made up of 90% water? This incredibly anti-inflammatory ingredient was a necessary addition to the toner for its powerful soothing and healing properties. It’s also loaded with Vitamins A and B, folic acid, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, good fatty acids, and triglycerides to infuse the skin with an amazing dose of hydration leaving skin feeling plump with moisture.

Long Story Short

💚Greens are amazing additions to any skincare routine but especially those looking to soothe inflammation and combat acne-causing bacteria. We combined a powerful blend of 33 different greens to provide a maximum dose of antioxidant power to hydrate, balance, and detoxify your skin. Don’t believe us? Just give it a try.

Which ingredient are you most excited about? Let us know! 

WHAT ARE BEAUTY SUPPLEMENTS?

We’re sure you’ve seen them before — a new expansion on the traditional “hair, skin, and nails” supplements that have always been around. Now, these new-age supplements come in all shapes and sizes from collagen to hyaluronic acid and even ones that claim to make your skin glow from the inside out. Technically, a lot of them contain the same vitamins and minerals you would find in traditional hair, skin, and nails vitamins but these blends are specifically intended to target your skin health.

DO THEY WORK?

It’s complicated. It depends on your own health and where you are at vitamin-wise. We think it’s important to point out that before you take any supplements you should always talk to your doctor first to assess whether or not you actually need them. The reality is that the only vitamins we should be taking are ones that we are deficient in. There is no benefit in overloading the body with vitamins we don’t need. This is where the “work” aspect comes in. You may see an improvement in your health with vitamins if you were previously lacking them. So, technically they can work but it depends on your individual health.

Think of it this way, if you suddenly changed your diet from tons of refined sugar to healthy fruits and vegetables and complex carbs — your health will, of course, improve and it’s the same with vitamins. If you were lacking any specific vitamin or mineral, taking them will help to improve your overall health and it some cases your skin as well. But, it’s necessary to understand that supplements aren’t a one and done solution for your skin issues. There just isn’t enough scientific research to correlate skin health and supplements.

This isn’t meant to disregard supplements entirely. In fact, some research has shown that vitamin D deficiency could lead to an increased risk of acne so there are some instances where vitamin deficiencies can show itself on the skin. But, again, you could potentially see clearer skin if you take vitamin D supplements if you were previously deficient in it. Supplements are only there to fill in the gaps you may already have in your diet not to replace them entirely.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE TRENDY INGREDIENTS LIKE HYALURONIC ACID?

The more the wellness space grows the more we see ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and collagen becoming front and center. These supplements vary from our typical vitamin A and C so we can understand the confusion when it comes to understanding whether or not they actually provide the skin with any benefits.

Hyaluronic acid, for example, is a sugar molecule that is naturally found in the body that retains moisture and lubricates your connective tissue. It’s an essential component which sadly degrades as we age so how do we prevent this? With a hyaluronic acid supplement? While there is some positive research to suggest oral hyaluronic acid use can actually help to hydrate and plump the skin — keep in mind the research is limited. There hasn’t been enough done to conclusively prove the benefit. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t take them but don’t rely on it entirely.

You can think of collagen supplementation in the same way as hyaluronic acid. The research has been positive but is also extremely limited. Instead of looking to supplement your routine with collagen, we suggest using collagen-boosting products like retinol or peptides instead to keep skin firm and plump. Retinol, in particular, has been considerably researched and is considered the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging. These products would be a wiser investment than a collagen supplement that could potentially work.

WHERE OUR BITTER GREEN ESSENCE TONER COMES IN

Now that we’ve broken down the differences between an essence and a toner, you might be a little bit confused about the purpose of our Bitter Green Essence Toner. Well, the answer is simple. We wanted to combine the power of a toner and the potency of an essence in one easy-to-use product. No need for multiple items for every step, this product helps to save you time and money in your routine.

LONG STORY SHORT

💊Supplements are complicated. But, don’t ditch them entirely. Have a conversation with your doctor to figure out the ones you actually need in your routine rather than relying on them to change your skin. Keep in mind that just because something is hyped doesn’t mean it actually works.

TONERS

To put it simply, toners are there to balance the pH of your skin post-cleanse. Each time you cleanse your skin, even if it’s with a gentle one, the natural pH is thrown out of balance. Toners are made to restore your pH and bring your skin back to its natural state while infusing it with a gentle dose of hydration. This step is essential as it helps to fortify and protect your skin’s moisture barrier which is there to safeguard your skin from environmental irritants like bad bacteria, pollution, and sun damage.

Traditionally, toners were heavy on the alcohol which was supposedly meant to combat oil-production but they actually did the opposite causing more oil and as a result skin damage from all of the drying alcohols. Thankfully, moisturizing toners have taken over with extra-gentle formulas that help to refresh and balance the skin.  

ESSENCES

Essences are quite similar to serums as they contain potent concentrations of high-performance actives that boost cell turnover, smooth and hydrate the skin, and enhance the absorption of all of your other skincare products. Because of these excellent benefits, you would use an essence AFTER your toner so it can help your serums and treatments absorb effectively. Another important thing to note is that unlike toners essences are meant to deliver moisture deep within the skin helping to hydrate beyond the surface level.

WHERE OUR BITTER GREEN ESSENCE TONER COMES IN

Now that we’ve broken down the differences between an essence and a toner, you might be a little bit confused about the purpose of our Bitter Green Essence Toner. Well, the answer is simple. We wanted to combine the power of a toner and the potency of an essence in one easy-to-use product. No need for multiple items for every step, this product helps to save you time and money in your routine.

It’s formulated with a powerful proprietary blend of 33 different antioxidant-rich greens that contains a clarifying combo of artichoke, broccoli, and matcha green tea. The potent green complex hydrates, balances and purifies smoothing unwanted texture and protecting the skin from dehydration. It also contains a soothing base of centella asiatica leaf water to calm redness and inflammation leaving you with a healthy, hydrated complexion. It’s a must-have to maintain clear, flawless skin!

LONG STORY SHORT

💚While toners and essences may appear similar, they both play different roles in your routine unless you’re using a hybrid product like our Bitter Green Essence Toner where you can get the benefits of both in one product.

But keep in mind, there's no set rule on how many steps you need to have or what products you are required to use. It's always best to pay attention to your skin, read ingredients lists, and choose the products that will work for your particular skin needs.