The Good Book

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Ingestible beauty is one of the most innovative and flourishing skincare categories of our time. Backed by science, with developing results and research, skin supplements offer a holistic approach to caring for your complexion from the inside out – while supporting your whole wellbeing. Topicals no longer cut it, today we’re turning to multi-faceted methods of looking after our skin for both now and in the future, requiring immediate and long-term results.
 
As the body’s largest organ, our skin is our first line of defence against pathogens, bacteria and pollutants and is responsible for eliminating toxins.
Reflective of what’s going on inside the body, it’s also one of the first organs to show signs of poor nutrition.

The ingestible beauty movement and the rise of ‘gut health’ go hand-in-hand. Many skin conditions exhibit similar symptoms to gut conditions and the two are closely linked and influenced by each other - also known as the ‘gut-skin axis’. The gut is home to the microbiome, the ecosystem where trillions of strains of bacteria and microbes help to maintain homeostasis throughout the body, but can majorly affect our other organs, especially our skin, if that equilibrium becomes unbalanced. The gut-skin axis functions through the microbiome, communicating important information by signalling along the vagus nerve and with the brain through the bloodstream. If our gut is out of balance, irritated or inflamed, our skin is one of the first places to show symptoms.
 
Many skin conditions exhibit similar symptoms to gut conditions and the two are closely linked and influenced by each other.
Research shows that people with rosacea and acne are at least ten times more likely to have gut issues such as SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), and that up to 34% of people suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) show skin manifestations like eczema. Leaky gut is also believed to be one of the leading causes of both gut and skin issues. There are links between gut health and stress impacting the skin’s barrier function and the cause behind exacerbating skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, inflammation and ageing.

The gut is where 70% of our immune system lies. It’s where we make neurotransmitters, neutralise pathogens, eliminate toxins, create nutrients and regulate hormones. Optimum gut health is not only key to your overall wellbeing, but also imperative to a clear, radiant, healthy complexion.
 
Formulated to support and fill in the gaps based on our individual needs, ingestibles work to promote healthy skin function and cellular repair by delivering phytonutrients, bioactives, vitamins and minerals that are essential to skin health. From treating deep-rooted issues such as inflammatory skin conditions to simply boosting skin hydration levels, consuming your ‘skincare’ bolsters your topical routine to ultimately nourish from the inside out.

Feeding your skin from within through a well-balanced diet filled with wholefoods is indispensable. It’s the foundation for not only reducing the risk of chronic illnesses, but also for supple glowing skin, strong nails and lustrous hair - because after all, we are what we eat. However, even the healthiest diet may not be enough to meet our individual nutrient requirements and this is where we recruit the powers of supplements and nutraceuticals.
 
Consuming your 'skincare' bolsters your topical routine to ultimately nourish from the inside-out.
 
Collagen is crucial. The protein makes up 70% of our skin tissue and is continuously broken down and renewed. But as we age our body produces less (1% per year as we hit our twenties), and the skin becomes lax, thin, dry and creased. Sun exposure and lifestyle choices also contribute to its decline, but luckily elevated and innovative dietary additions such as IKKARI’s Marine Collagen Superblend, Nutrient Capsule: Bovine Collagen and Radiance Tonic can help with synthesis to future-proof your skin’s firmness and texture while improving both your gut and holistic health.

IKKARI’s philosophy is underpinned by the belief that what goes on your body is just as important as what goes into it. Beauty supplements strengthen and support your skin and body synergistically for optimum functioning, resulting in the elusive lit-from-within glow that topicals alone can’t reach.