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Most of us have a skincare regime that comprises of topical products like serums and moisturisers. But oral beauty supplements are gaining popularity, especially among those who believe that beauty maintenance should be two-pronged: on the surface(topical) and from within (consumed). The latest of these that has launched recently is the Ceramiracle Ceramides Skin Supplement. These are capsules made from naturally-derived ingredients, including phytoceramides and white tomato extract, which promise to offer hydration, brightening and anti-ageing benefits to the skin.

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I tried these, for about a month, and while they didn’t exactly offer me a “miracle”, I find that my skin doesn’t seem as dehydrated as it was in the past, and that makeup goes on more easily as a result. It’s definitely difficult to accredit the improvement in skin hydration to the capsules, because unlike a skincare product that targets a specific problem (for example, an eye cream that promises to remove the look of eye puffiness), the capsules go right through your digestive system, and you don’t feel any immediate effect. My advice is therefore to do an A/B testing: keep your lifestyle, diet and skincare routine the same, and consume the capsules for a period, stop for a period, and then come back to them to see how your skin reacts.

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Regardless, the logical theory is that the right nutrition has definite benefits to the skin, and if you can’t get these nutrients easily from your regular diet, supplements that offer them are bound to help in improving your skin.

The Ceramiracle Ceramides Skin Supplement is available in a bottle of 30 capsules and are available at Guardian, as well as on their website at SGD89. You can use the promotional code: CERAMIDES15 to receive a discount.

If you’re on the hunt for beauty supplements, besides Ceramiracle’s, you can consider the following too:

For skin brightening

IDS Lyco-White Oral Skin Supplement

The IDS Lyco-White Oral Skin Supplement (SGD168) is formulated with Phytofloral, derived from tomatoes, and offer brightening benefits to the skin. On top of improving the appearance of your skin, these tablets are also able to increase the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from the sun, strengthening your skin’s ability to act as a barrier against damaging UV rays. This product is available at the IDS Clinic, located at #05-07 to 10, Novena Specialist Center.

For healthier hair and nails

Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails+
Oral supplements can also help boost the health of your hair and nails – aspects that are often overlooked, even by someone who pays attention to her skin. In such cases, the Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails+ (SGD49) might be handy. This has a formula that contains minerals like biotin that is known for strengthening nails and hair. The good thing about this supplement is that it also supports collagen production, which means that you don’t need to also take a separate supplement for your skin while caring for your hair and nails, if you don’t wish to.

For anti-ageing

Imedeen Time Perfection

Designed for women above 40 years old, the Imedeen Time Perfection (SGD115) skincare tablets contain an ingredient called the Marine Complex, that is said to be made up of proteins and polysaccharides similar to what you can find naturally in the skin’s supportive structure. It also contains tomato extract and grape seed extract. These tablets are to be taken twice a day and promise to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and to improve overall skin quality. You can get them at this website.

For plumper-looking skin

Orbis Collagen Force

Younger skin looks plump because of the presence of larger amount of collagen in the skin. Our skin’s ability to produce collagen naturally dwindles as we get older, and collagen supplements are designed to help replenish the loss in collagen in the skin, so that skin can still look young and plump. The Orbis Collagen Force are tablets that contain collagen peptide that can be easily absorbed by the body, as well as vitamin C to help skin look brighter. Each pack contains 150 capsules and is available at all Orbis boutiques.