Nutricosmetics is the latest beauty trend, and this is for good reason! It is at the crossroads of two fields: beauty through nutrition. What else?
Beauty is a real health vector. When you feel good in your skin, you may feel good in your head. As both are very connected – and just like the chicken or the egg, we couldn’t say which came first.
What has to be reminded is that it is important to take care of ourselves, whether it is from the outside or the inside!
DID YOU KNOW?
WHO defines health as “a state of physical, mental and social well-being in which disease and infirmity are absent.”
Combined with our daily skin care, nutritional supplements can have synergic and optimal effects! This is the trend “in & out” which consists in combining cosmetics on the one hand (action “out”) and food supplements on the other hand (action “in”). According to Fleur Phelipeau, founder and managing director of D-Lab Nutricosmetics in an interview: “Nutricosmetics is the future of cosmetology, but it will not replace traditional cosmetics because the two go hand in hand”.
How is the market doing?
Today, the nutricosmetics market represents €5.7 billion with a projection of nearly €9 billion in 2026, i.e. a growth of 5.5% per year.
The world leader in nutricosmetics is, without suspicion, Asia, which holds 35% of the market share. Easy to say, since traditions and legislation are very favorable to the development of nutricosmetics. Japan is at the forefront of this market. For Japanese, food has for a long time been an aesthetic experience and nutricosmetics is focused on functional foods. It shows a rather surprising sense of innovation (did you heard about collagen-marshmallows?).
The United States follows closely. The world’s leading consumer of food supplements, the nutricosmetics market is growing by 11.4% per year.
As for Europe, it remains a market to be seized! Some strict and complex regulations governing dietary supplements, which differ from one country to another, and a rather heterogeneous culture make it a real challenge with many issues at stake. Some countries, such as Italy, are already major consumers of nutricosmetics, while for others, the market remains to be developed.
What ingredients can be found on the nutricosmetics market?
First of all vitamins, and more particularly vitamins C and E. The first stimulates collagen synthesis and healing and they both have powerful antioxidant properties that protect cells from stress and fight against free radicals damage.
Omega 3s, as we know, have multiple benefits, including protecting the skin from aggressions linked to UV rays and maintaining it in perfect health.
Minerals such as zinc and selenium play a large number of indispensable roles in the proper functioning of our body. Zinc has anti-inflammatory and healing properties and selenium is a key antioxidant in the fight against oxidative stress.
Collagen peptides, known for their many virtues, actively act on the structural maintenance of the skin. They naturally increase its collagen content, its hydration and thus reduce the depth of wrinkles while providing tone and firmness.
Lack of sleep or sports activity, stress, anxiety, pollution, overexposure to the sun and simply the passage of time have a direct impact on our skin. Wrinkles, redness, loss of radiance and firmness, the face is the first part of the body to be impacted by our pace of life.
So what can we do about it? “Quite simply” by using a sunscreen to protect our skin from UV rays, by practicing regular physical activity (yes, it’s possible even during the lockdown!) and by eating healthy (we can’t tell you enough).
But as all this is easier said than done and sometimes well, “laziness!” – we remain human – there remains the option of food supplements that will fill certain lacks such as the decrease in collagen production in our body (from the age of 25, if so unfortunately 😱).
This solution has the advantage of a natural formula that is often complete to pamper our skin!