peptide: Should you swallow the beauty pill?

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They say, beauty is only skin deep. However, lately, the world’s been experimenting with cosmetics that go beyond mere creams, serums and external treatments.

Skin and hair supplements, along with other beauty pills, potions, smoothies, drinks, and broths, are becoming a growing industry, and celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Kylie Jenner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry among others, swear by them. Actor Kate Hudson recently launched a beauty supplement line of her own. Besides radiant skin and luscious hair, these supplements also promise to cure skin dryness, sensitivity, acne and hyperpigmentation. But do they work?

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Celebrities like Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Kylie Jenner, Gwyneth Paltrow, among others, swear by beauty supplements that include pills, drinks tonics, powders etc.


Dr Shweta Iyengar, skin specialist from Mumbai, replies, “Beauty supplements are macro and micro nutrition supplements that enhance cell health and rejuvenation, resulting in better skin and hair, while collagen peptide supplements comprise macro nutrition, vitamin, and minerals. Skin and hair supplements are available in the form of tablets, capsules, powders, tonics, drinks and even injections. They do help repair and replenish tissues from within, while boosting collagen, and thus making your skin and hair look healthy and beautiful.”

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There are thousands of beauty creams available in the market, so why should one go for these supplements, one may wonder. Dr Rashmi Dalal, dermatologist and skin expert from Delhi, says, “You are what you eat, which does apply to both how your body and skin look. Hence, supplements that work on your cells and tissues are effective.”

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However, she cautions that they don’t work in isolation, explaining, “Proper vitamin/minerals/collagen boosting supplements taken in the right dose and amount can do wonders for one’s skin and hair, but I prescribe changes in diet along with it.”

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At the same time, she says, “While skin supplements do help make your hair and skin look better, one shouldn’t expect miraculous results and expect wrinkles and fine lines to vanish.”

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