Did you know that the UK cosmetics industry is worth more than £13 billion a year?
It can be hard to get your head around such a large figure, so let’s look a little deeper:
- If you add it all up, you likely put around £375 towards your appearance every month. That’s what the average Brit spends on products and treatments.
- If you’re a woman, you contribute to the £1 billion spent every year on skincare alone. Doesn’t sound like you? Consider how many products you have on your shelf.
- The NHS budget is roughly £124 billion. That means that altogether, our spending on cosmetics equates to more than a tenth of the entire NHS budget.
Clearly, we care about our appearance.
While what we put on our skin does have an impact, it’s important to realise that most creams and lotions don’t get past the epidermis—the surface layer of our skin. Wrinkles, pimples and more start down in the dermis, so can these topical products really do all that they claim?
The other part of the picture is what we put inside our bodies. Picture a glass vase. If the water is murky on the inside, no amount of polishing on the outside is going to make the vase sparkle. You need to fill the vase with fresh water, and only then will it shine.
It’s the same with your body. Fill it with good things on the inside—and you’ll help it glow on the outside.
Nutrition, skin and beauty
We’ve known about a connection between food and skin for almost 90 years. The food that we eat influences our gut health, immune system and hormonal function . Together, these have a knock-on effect on:
Our nutritional intake has a direct impact on the growth and quality of our hair and nails too. So, is the solution to eat more good food?
Sadly, it’s not that simple. A nutritious diet is a great foundation for clear skin, strong nails and shiny hair, but sometimes we need more support. This is because it can be hard to reach our RNIs from food alone , and not all supplements are absorbed enough to make a real difference.
IV nutrient therapy for skin and beauty
IV nutrient therapy is the practice of administering nutrients directly into your bloodstream. This enables you to receive a therapeutic dose of nutrients, which travel around your body to where they’re needed most. They might be taken up by skin cells in your face, or find themselves forming the keratin in your hair follicles.
At the London Clinic of Nutrition, we’ve created a beauty-boosting formulation that’s designed to support skin health, as well as enhancing hair and nails. Some of these targeted nutrients include:
N-Acetyl-Cysteine This compound serves as the raw material for your body to make glutathione, the master antioxidant. Glutathione neutralises the free radicals that can lead to wrinkles . It also helps the liver to detoxify substances, which is essential for clear skin.
Zinc This trace mineral is hugely important for healthy skin. It promotes healing and is also an effective acne-fighting agent .
Amino acids Your body uses amino acids (the smallest units of protein) to make collagen and elastin, which help to keep your skin smooth and your hair strong. Animal studies suggest that proline, one of the amino acids, may even help to reduce sun-induced skin ageing .
B vitamins This family of vitamins works hard to keep your skin in tip-top condition. Vitamin B5, for example, has been found to reduce acne , while animal studies show that vitamin B6 helps to strengthen skin-plumping collagen .
A nurse administers these nutrients over a period of 45 minutes, during which you have the opportunity to relax (which is also good for your skin!).
Who benefits from IV nutrient therapy for skin and beauty?
This formulation is suitable for a wide range of people. If might be especially helpful for you if:
- You suffer from a type of skin condition
- You’d like to give your skin a boost before a big event, such as a wedding
- You want to take a comprehensive, inside-out approach to skincare and beauty
The good news is that skin cells renew themselves every 27 days. By eating well, sleeping well and getting a dose of skin-boosting nutrients, you could begin to see a difference in just a few weeks.
Book an appointment here.