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Collagen + Skin Support

Did you know that a glowing complexion begins with healthy digestion and detoxification? Read more to find out how.

Better Absorption of Essential Nutrients

Absorbing the right types and amounts of nutrients plays a crucial role in skin health. Skin, being the body's largest organ, requires healthy uptake of a wide range of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, collagen, and fatty acids1. Herbal bitters like Never Been Bitter™ can promote better nutrient assimilation by stimulating digestive juices and enzymes, which helps break down food more effectively.

Collagen production, which is essential for providing structure and elasticity to the skin, requires nutrients like vitamin C, amino acids (such as proline and glycine), and minerals like copper and zinc¹. Healthy uptake of these nutrients helps ensure that the body can synthesize collagen, which helps maintain skin firmness and elasticity. Antioxidant nutrients like vitamins C and E, selenium, and zinc help neutralize free radicals and protect skin cells from oxidative damage¹. Proper absorption of these antioxidants through healthy digestion ensures that the skin has the defense mechanisms it needs to protect against premature aging and other skin issues caused by oxidative stress.

Our popular collagen support formula The Honest Youth™ features an abundance of skin-loving herbal ingredients. By providing vital nutrients like vitamin C from acerola cherry and beta-glucans from medicinal mushrooms, these compounds can provide antioxidant defense, and support UV protection and collagen production for radiant, dewy skin.

Overall, nutrient absorption is essential for maintaining the health and appearance of the skin, and maintaining healthy digestive function with herbal bitters supports optimal nutrient uptake for healthy skin.

Nourish the Gut Microbiome

The health of your gut microbiome directly impacts your skin by way of the gut–skin axis. A healthy gut microbiome produces beneficial compounds such as butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation and protect the gut barrier, thus benefiting skin health2. An imbalance in gut bacteria can lead to inflammation, which is often reflected in skin conditions such as acne, eczema, or rosacea3. Prebiotics like inulin can be found naturally in dandelion and burdock roots, and are featured in Never Been Bitter™, our herbal digestive formula crafted to help support the growth of a healthy gut microbiome4. Burdock root supports liver and digestive health and the body’s natural processes of elimination, while also promoting blood circulation to the skin, and improving the skin’s texture and quality5. Additionally, by supporting regular bowel movements, herbal bitters help eliminate waste and toxins from the body, preventing them from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream and potentially affecting skin health. Herbal bitters like Never Been Bitter™ help support a healthier gut environment, with a more diverse and balanced microbiome, which in turn supports a healthy, glowing complexion.

Promote a Total Body Detox

The liver is responsible for detoxifying the body, including processing toxins that can affect the skin. If the liver isn’t functioning at its best, the skin will step in to pick up the slack and support the body’s natural detoxification process. This can result in increased breakouts or other unwanted skin issues. Herbal bitters like Never Been Bitter™ can nip skin issues in the bud. Bitter flavors on the tongue send a signal to the liver, giving it a wake-up call to ensure the liver is functioning well. This stimulates bile flow from the liver, which aids in the digestion and breakdown of fats. Artichoke leaves, featured in Never Been Bitter™, are beneficial for protecting liver and digestive health by supporting healthy bile production6. Improved bile flow supports the liver in efficiently removing toxins from the body, preventing them from accumulating and affecting skin health.

Reishi mushroom, featured in The Honest Youth™, is traditionally known as “the mushroom of immortality”. Reishi is revered in many traditional healing modalities such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for its holistic health benefits and is studied for its liver protective perks7. When the liver is working optimally, it can better metabolize hormones and toxins that might otherwise contribute to skin issues like acne or a dull appearance. By ensuring your liver is healthy, you can help keep your skin clear, calm, and glowing.

Beauty begins within

Incorporating more herbal formulas like Never Been Bitter™ into your routine can help support liver and gut health, detoxification, a healthy microbiome, and optimal nutrient assimilation, which in turn can contribute to clearer, more radiant skin. By providing the essential nutrients your skin needs, The Honest Youth™ supports a healthy glow and bounce. It all starts with what you consume and ensuring your body has the building blocks it needs to promote healthy skin from the inside out.

  1. https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/1/203

  2. https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9059/10/5/1037

  3. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19490976.2022.2096995

  4. https://www.opastpublishers.com/open-access-articles/functional-and-therapeutics-potential-of-inulin.pdf

  5. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10787-010-0062-4

  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26310198

  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757

Vanessa Mardones, PhD

Written by Vanessa Mardones, PhD

Herbalist & Ethnobotanist