It was on our never-ending quest for glowing skin that we came across silica and the radiant effect it can have on your complexion. Keep reading to discover the beauty-boosting supplement you probably didn’t know about.
What is silica?
In science-speak, when the elements silicon (Si) and oxygen (O) combine, you get silica (SiO2), which is also known as silicon dioxide. This under-the-radar mineral naturally occurs in the human body – but can be derived from a number of places such as quartz dust and dark leafy greens – and plays an important role in collagen synthesis. In fact, since silica is required for building collagen (aka the glue that holds us together) one could say that without it we’d literally fall apart!
Benefits of silica for skin
Silica is a superstar in the beauty world, supporting your body’s ability to produce collagen and maintain healthy hair, skin and nails. We’re talking thicker hair with less breakage, firmer and smoother skin, and long, strong nails. Because this wonder mineral is an overachiever, it also gives you a glow because it increases the transport of nutrients and oxygen to your skin. Because of that, your skin stays more hydrated.
Why supplement with silica?
If silica is a naturally occurring mineral in our body (i.e., we make it on our own) then why should we be supplementing with it? The sad truth is that silica production slows from around the age of 25, just like collagen. You should look to start taking silica in your late 20s/early 30s, or when you see fine lines appearing. Of course, prevention is always better than cure. While you can boost your intake of silica by eating more bitter foods, the only way to get enough is to supplement. As a supplement, silica can be taken in gel, capsule or liquid form.
The best products with silica
Alexia Rich, our favourite brand for adding silica to our daily routine, only uses Orgono® Silica – a quartz derivative that’s clinically proven to be 400% more bioavailable (i.e., easier for your body to absorb) than other types. It is also vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and contains no artificial sweeteners, flavours or colours. The rejuvenating superpowers of Orgono® Silica go beyond your skin. It can also rebuild joint cartilage, speed up recovery from exercise, improve digestion and detox your system.
Yours in skin,
Dr Alek and the SkinMiles Team