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Ever since a 2008 study in The Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology suggested that a combination of eating and topically applying ingredients to the skin may be more beneficial than eating or topically applying it, I’ve been on the lookout for solid ways to infuse nutrients into my diet.
That said, a woman can only eat so many salads and smoothies. And, not only that, but an apple today only has 50% as many nutrients as an apple in the early 1900’s (source), and other produce isn’t any better. Considering that some nutrients aren’t readily accessible in food to begin with, I’ve decided to make supplements a cornerstone of my beauty routine.
Enter the HUM Nutrition line. The line is built around one goal: Using science-based nutrition as a tool for looking and feeling amazing. It’s free of soy, gluten, GMO ingredients, artificial colors, and preservatives. What’s also great about the line is that it enables you to select supplements for different beauty concerns. For instance, HUM Nutrition Arctic Repair may help with fine lines and wrinkles, HUM Nutrition Daily Cleanse may help with breakouts, and HUM Nutrition Wing Man may help with dark undereye circles and lackluster sallow-looking skin. If you’re not sure which supplement would help you most, there’s a quick online evaluation, which uses the expertise of one of their registered nutritionists to curate a menu of supplements specifically for your needs.
With that said, here is my review of each of the supplements:
HUM Nutrition Arctic Repair to Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
The idea behind HUM Nutrition Arctic Repair is to infuse your skin with fatty acids and antioxidants. As you age, your skin’s production of fatty acids and antioxidants not only decrease, but the fatty acids and antioxidants that are produced and retained tend to be of less quality. By supplementing your skin with fatty acids and antioxidants, you may help to plump up the skin and make it look more plump and youthful-looking.
Lingonberry Seed Oil is the primary ingredient here, and studies show it is bioavailable in the body and provides antioxidant activity for some time (Agricultural and Food Chemistry). Other anti-inflammatory fatty acids, such as Alpha Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, and Oleic Acid, have been shown to have anti-aging effects as well (learn more).
Overall, this is a great supplement for anyone experiencing signs of aging, including drier skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging.
Ingredients in HUM Nutrition Arctic Repair
Lingonberry Seed Oil, Alpha Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Vitamin E, Vitamin A
HUM Nutrition Daily Cleanse to Clear Skin
Topically, acne is typically treated with agents that will fight causative bacteria, dry it out, and increase cell turnover. But when you treat acne orally, whether through a dairy-free diet or through Accutane, the idea is to reduce your skin’s inflammation and oil production levels.
HUM Nutrition Daily Cleanse does this in a novel way, without making you give up dairy or go through the internal strife of Accutane (thank goodness). While studies on this are limited, there is some evidence that Chlorella extracts may help to reduce acne (Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology and Research).
Ingredients in HUM Nutrition Daily Cleanse
Chlorella, Beet Root, Red Clover, Dandelion Root, Oregon Grape Root, Milk Thistle, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Spirulina, Matcha Green Tea
HUM Nutrition Wing Man to Remedy Dark Undereye Circles and Sallow Skin
Dark undereye circles are caused by one of two different factors: First, you can simply have hyperpigmentation under your eyes, which is excess melanin production. Hyperpigmentation, in turn, is associated with UV damage, inflammation, and underyling health issues. This type of dark circles may be triggered by stress. Secondly, you can have blood pooling under your eyes.
How to tell the difference? Simply tug on your undereye skin (gently). If it’s caused by hyperpigmentation, the undereye area will still be dark after pulling the skin down. If it’s caused by blood pooling, it will disappear.
That said, if you have dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation and have tried your standard vitamin C, azelaic acid, kojic acid, licorice extract, and lightening/brightening extracts and have seen no results, HUM Nutrition Wing Man might be the solution. This blend of milk thistle, dandelion and artichoke may aid the liver, increase diuresis and flush your system of toxins it produces during stress. I’ve been taking it during stressful late nights with my little baby, and I will say, it helps.
Ingredients in HUM Nutrition Wing Man
Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Artichoke
Since studies show orally consuming and topically applying an ingredient is most beneficial for the skin, it’s a good idea to try supplements that are targeted towards specific skin concerns. I think HUM Nutrition is really onto something with this entire line, and I highly recommend their products to my readers!