Nutricosmetics: What are they?

Creams, masks, serums, make-up… These are cosmetic formats that we know well and which are piling up in our bathrooms. However, a new generation of beauty products have emerged in the last few years and have been very successful: nutricosmetics. But what does this actually mean?

Creams, masks, serums, make-up… These are cosmetic formats that we know well and which are piling up in our bathrooms. However, a new generation of beauty products have emerged in the last few years and have been very successful: nutricosmetics. But what does this actually mean?

Where does the word “nutricosmetics” come from?

It is a new generation of beauty products which act from within the body to improve the external appearance of the skin. The word originates from the contraction of the terms “nutrition” and “cosmetics”.

The principle of nutricosmetics is to absorb by mouth - rather than topically, the active ingredients, minerals and nutrients aimed at improving the nutrition of the skin in depth. It can also have strengthening effects on the nails and hair. Due to regulations, creams can only be applied on the upper part of the skin. They do not have any effect beyond the top layers of the skin, which they are not authorised to cross. This is where nutricosmetics come in.

Even though the market of nutricosmetics is mainly existent in Asia, where it has been an integral part of the daily beauty rituals for centuries, Europe seems to be gradually opening up to this new manner of excelling.

Why and how does it work?

With nutricosmetics, the action is diverted. The epidermis (the outer and top layer of the skin) is not the correct target for a long-term action. For example, to delay aging of the skin, it is useless to act on the epidermis as these cells are meant to deteriorate. So, action must be taken at a deeper level, on the dermis and hypodermis. At the core of the skin.

By providing our skin with the ingredients that it requires, we sublimate it from within, and in a sustainable manner. These active ingredients transit through the digestive tract. They are absorbed in the bowels and then travel with the help of transporters. These allow the passage of several molecules (vitamins, amino acids, etc.) which compete to be absorbed by the blood.

Once the molecules pass into the blood stream, the nutrients absorbed flow in the body, which ensures a balanced and intelligent distribution. Nutricosmetics act wherever the skin or the scalp require help.

However, one must keep in mind that, just like for all food supplements, the effects are not immediate but are visible after a few days. They have a longer term efficiency.

What are the results?

By choosing to provide the cells of the dermis and hypodermis with the nutrients and active ingredients that they require to produce essential molecules for the maintenance of the skin, nutricosmetics propose a targeted and deep action. Thus, with the provision of collagen, for example, or active ingredients stimulating the natural production of collagen, nutricosmetics promise a firmer, softer, brighter skin better protected against external aggressions.

How should nutricosmetics be administered?

Similar to food supplements, nutricosmetic products are presented in the form of capsules, tablets or vials to drink. Practical and easy to follow, the treatments are ideal for individuals lacking time and wanting to take care of their skin without any inconvenience. But this does not mean that they replace your favourite beauty products, on the contrary: nutricosmetics are an addition and multiply the effects of topical treatments. The nutricosmetics routine can be set up easily on a daily basis as it effortlessly allows you to obtain visible results on the skin. Henceforth, it is now a certainty: cosmetics are no longer only applicable on the skin, they are also to be savoured!

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