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Once the icy winds of winter die down, you’ll probably crave a new warm-weather wardrobe and a little TLC for your parched skin. But your spring makeover shouldn’t just include new clothes and hydrating face masks. Instead, add a powerful plant-based ingredient that can promote natural beauty from the inside out: the mineral silica.
Often lost in food sources due to over-refining and processing, silica can be difficult to obtain through a regular diet so you may need an extra boost from supplementation. But why should you try it? Because it will fulfill three significant goals on your beauty checklist:
Glowy skin? Check!
As we age and experience more and more external assaults on our skin, our collagen production plummets. Collagen is necessary for skin elasticity and without it we develop fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Since silica is a major component of collagen, it can rejuvenate your collagen stores, plump the skin and help it to retain moisture. Translation: A radiant complexion is within your reach.
Healthy hair? Check!
We get it: Your hair feels crisp and lifeless after a cold winter and dehydrating indoor heating. Luckily, there’s a supplement for that! Silica works on both men and women to produce thicker, shinier and stronger hair—which means your mane can grow lustrous and full.
Strong nails? Check!
No one likes brittle, flaky talons. Silica helps your body absorb the calcium you get through your diet, which translates to stronger, longer nails—and better manis. As an added bonus, silica has also been clinically proven to strengthen teeth and bones.
While adding silica to your diet is a great way to jumpstart your spring makeover, all forms aren’t created equal. It’s possible to derive silica from sand, quartz or other rocks and minerals, but our bodies can’t actually absorb it from these sources. Florasil®, an easily absorbed water-soluble silica extracted from the spring horsetail plant, is a better option. Thanks to an extraction method developed by Dr. Louis Kervran at the University of Paris, Florasil® capsules include bioflavonoids that help the absorption of silica and ensure retention of calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, boron, iron and phosphorus. Reap the benefits of silica by taking three vegan-friendly Florasil® capsules, which are free of artificial additives and preservatives, daily with meals.