Photo: Corina Crysler, GliSODin
Beauty from within has long been a philosophy in my Asian upbringing. As a teenager, my mother would always be forcing some kind of homemade beauty brew down my throat, preaching its skin-clearing benefits. These drinks, often made from a mixture of herbs or roots and some kind of antioxidant-laden berry (she was feeding me goji berries before they were trendy), became a ritual and when I moved out of the house, I found myself missing her recipes. In 2008, I went on a 3-week Asia trip with a friend to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing and I couldn’t help but notice that skin supplements were sold everywhere. When I returned from the trip, I was assigned a magazine article on the very topic, skin supplements. The word “nutricosmetics” was new then, and the company that was at the forefront was GliSODin Skin Nutrients, a professional nutricosmetics line, sold exclusively in doctors’ offices, developed to deliver targeted skin benefits and maximize the results following cosmetic procedures.
After submitting the article to my editor, I requested a sample of their brightening formula which is made with tomato extract, proven to offer natural sun protection. Last Fall, I gave a bottle of their Dermal Formula to my younger sister, a lifelong eczema sufferer. When I followed up with her after a month and a half, she reported having fewer flareups than she tends to experience when the weather gets colder. I was impressed because my poor sis has gone through so many products.
Just recently, I decided to try their Advanced Lymphatic Formula and Advanced Cleansing Formula with a girlfriend (pictured below). For someone used to taking multivitamins regularly, the regime was easy to implement, as it involved a 2-week regime of taking four gel capsules (two at breakfast and two at dinnertime) and drinking two glasses a day of water mixed with their cleansing powders, which were not unpleasant to chug down, in the least. The drinks actually forced me to drink more water during the day, a daily struggle for me. My friend, who is slightly heavier than me, tried just the drinks. The lymphatic formulas are packed with artichoke, burdock root and dandelion, which work synergistically to help eliminate toxins and reduce water retention. It brought back memories of my mom’s dandelion teas. Both my friend and I have experienced good results after our cleanse: I feel less bloated after my cheat days (in both my face and belly) and she swears her feet have gotten smaller!
To give you a better idea of what GliSODin Skin Nutrients are, I asked their formulator and co-founder Corina Crysler to give us The Skiny. The long version. Because you’ll want to know what makes these different from other “supplements” on the market.
Q: What are Nutricosmetics?
A: They are a fusion of nutrition and cosmetic care that support the structure and function of the skin. Taken orally, they are designed to improve skin health and appearance. While nutricosmetics have been popular in Europe and Asia for years, they are now transforming the North American beauty industry, as people are increasingly embracing more natural products to enhance their appearance.
Nutricosmetics can have a synergistic effect of treating both the internal (controlling free radicals, oxidative stress, inflammation and providing specific nutrients to feed the body’s processes) and external (sun protection, cleansing and exfoliation, as well as hydration) factors of aging will significantly improve the outcome of their treatments and the general maintenance of their skin health. By treating the skin from the inside out, you are supporting the structure and function of the skin which will improve overall skin health and the aging process of the skin in general.
Aging is an internal process and if we are not looking at this when we are designing a protocol for overall skin health then we are really not looking to treat the root of the problem, especially inflammation. Inflammation needs to be specifically treated internally and it is the main cause to most skin issues (and aging in general).
Q: What will they do to the skin?
A: What makes nutricosmetics entirely different from other cosmetic products—and what people are often surprised to learn—is that they are taken orally. People sometimes describe nutricosmetics as “supplements,” but unlike true supplements, they aren’t intended to supplement deficiencies in the body; rather, they are designed to have highly targeted benefits to the skin, improving its health and appearance. There are nutricosmetic products to help treat acne and even out skin tone, and others to help hydrate the skin, targeting fine lines and wrinkles; they can also be formulated to complement esthetic treatments. Nutricosmetics are typically found in capsule and powder form, which allow them to begin working from within the body. This is also why they work so well when paired with topical esthetic products and medical esthetic treatments.
Q: There are so many different indigestible beauty products on the market. How do I pick the right one that will work?
A: When looking for the right nutricosmetic, try to find one that has targeted benefits of what you are trying to achieve. There are several products that contain many antioxidants that have general health benefits but typically do not reach the skin if not combined correctly, especially if someone has a lot of inflammation in the body. Look for products that have clinical data for specific functions of the skin , ie- acne, hyperpigmentation, hydration, atopic skin conditions, wound healing, reducing bruising, weight loss, hair and nails, and fine lines and wrinkles and that are recommended by your aesthetic practitioner. Supplements (like vitamins, mineral, amino acids) will show little benefits for the skin. They are typically used as cofactors for other reactions in the body, if they are bio-available. I would only use a mineral or a vitamin to help with the activity or absorption of a nutracuetical. Also products that help produce collagen and elastin in the skin, show better results in clinical data then those products specifically.
Q: What about those pre-mixed beauty drinks that cost about $6-$10 a bottle?
A: Beauty drinks can be beneficial for general health and maintenance but may not deliver enough nutrients to have a clinical impact on a skin condition. Many nutraceuticals and plant extracts have a limited shelf life in liquids, especially acidic liquids like juice. Constancy is also critical. If you decided to incorporate a beauty drink into your skin care program you have to do it every day. On the other hand, fresh, cold-pressed juices can be helpful for skin health by providing concentrated nutrients to the body. Many juices have cleansing properties which is very helpful for clearing up the skin. There are a lot of juices that are formulated to be alkalizing and have anti-inflammatory properties as well which is a great adjunct to your skin care and wellness program.
Q: What exactly is in GliSODin Skin Nutrients?
A: Consisting of patented antioxidant enzyme GliSODin® and therapeutic-grade nutraceuticals, GSN is clinically proven to help reduce the damaging effects of free radicals, which are said to be a major cause of skin aging, and provide the nutrients essential for beautiful, glowing skin.
Q: Which plant does the patented SOD enzyme come from?
A: A cantaloupe grown in south France, cucumis melo.
Q: How can GSN benefit people undergoing both non-invasive and invasive cosmetic enhancement procedures?
A: GliSODin Skin Nutrients is clinically proven to enhance the benefits of topical skin care programs and maximizes the results of aesthetic treatments by preparing the body with effective antioxidants for a quick recovery, and providing the essential nutrients for skin health. In a clinical study, after three months, fine lines and wrinkles improved by 42%, photodamage decreased by 53%, skin moisture improved by 103%, and skin elasticity improved by 88%.
A precursor to aging and disease is free radical damage, which leads to oxidative stress and inflammation. While stopping the aging process is impossible, we can systemically support our ability to fight the accelerated aging process. GliSODin®, the antioxidant enzyme, stimulates SOD to fight free radical damage. Our vision at GSN is to provide the foundation for optimal health and healthy aging.
Q: Which formulas are ideal for aging skin?
A: The Advanced Dermal Formula and the Skin Brightening Formula.
The Dermal Formula, containing Cocoa, Red Clover and Krill Oil, hydrates the skin, improves skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It was formulated specifically to fortify the skin with the nutrients necessary to support its structure and function, while providing it with essential antioxidants to reduce accelerated aging from free radicals. It pairs with anti‐aging topicals, as well as, facial and body procedures to maintain long‐term results and general skin health.
The Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, containing Tomato, Borage Seed Oil and Citrus, soothes and clarifies the skin as it helps to reduce hyperpigmentation and protect the skin from photodamage. It helps to promote a bright, clear complexion, minimizing the damaging effects of sun exposure. It contains ingredients to increase the concentration of antioxidants, it assists with evening out the skin tone, and provides nutrients to the dermis. It pairs with laser skin resurfacing technologies, pigmentation topicals, and peels
Q: Does one need to consult with a nutritionist or doctor before taking GliSODin Skin Nutrients?
A: Not necessarily but it is recommended to speak to your dermatologist, plastic surgeon, aesthetic physician or esthetician for the best recommendation to compliment your topical products and treatments. GliSODin Skin Nutrients are only sold in medical aesthetic practices and the list of vendors can be found on our website glisodinskin.com.
About The Expert Corina Crysler is one of North America’s leading experts in natural health. With a degree in Nutrition, Crysler has spent the past 15 years working with over 70 companies in the natural health sector. From identifying trends, to researching ingredients, Corina can create a formula and then successfully launch and market it with her expert knowledge in manufacturing, packaging and distribution. Her goal is to ensure that each product she works with delivers significant health and well being benefits. She has led the Natural Health Products division to new heights by implementing strategies to expedite Health Canada’s approval process.