While taking my weekly scroll through new beauty arrivals, one major trend caught my eye: Sephora wellness products are in abundance. Seriously — it’s a party in that section, with more and more products showing up by the minute. Collagen powder! Jade rollers! Skincare supplements! There’s even something called Sex Dust! (An “adaptogenic blend of lusty superherbs,” FYI.) With so many bright and shiny launches to choose from, it’s hard to know what to try first... or what’s been proven to work.
You’re right to be a little skeptical, says Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, a Miami-based dermatologist with over 40 years experience and the co-founder of Dr. Loretta skincare. “One positive aspect of the ‘inner wellness equals outer beauty’ trend is that these nutraceuticals can benefit all our skin, instead of just the areas where we apply skincare,” she tells The Zoe Report. “The negative aspect is that there is little science or peer-reviewed studies to show that many of these products really support their claims.” That being said, the derm does endorse some of buzziest wellness-meets-skincare trends Sephora keeps in stock — like jade rollers and Omega-rich fish oil supplements.
“I suggest that before you start any of these products, take some ‘before' photos,” she says. “Give each of these at least two weeks — but also take photos up to three months out, since sometimes it can take a while to see results.” An excuse to splurge at Sephora and take selfies? This might be the best derm advice I’ve ever received.
Ahead, 11 must-try products from the wellness section of Sephora, as recommended by dermatologists, nutritionists, beauty brand owners, makeup artists, and hair stylists.
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"My patients told me about these and I started to use one, taking a photo of before I started and just a week after," Dr. Loretta shares. "The lessening of my nose to mouth creases (AKA, 'nasolabial folds') was already noticeable. At a $20 one-time investment, there is little to lose. Be sure to use the roller in upward outward motion with a firm pressure on facial skin, except around your eyes. Do it for at least five minutes a day... so set a timer, since it's natural to want to stop sooner."
"The biotin in this supplement is incredibly helpful in keeping skin clear and glowing, because it helps to enhance insulin sensitivity — so it helps to balance your blood sugar — and supports the liver," Jill Therese, a skincare nutritionist and the founder of Heal Your Face With Food, tells The Zoe Report.
"I see many women who have what we call 'perioral dermatitis,' meaning breakouts, acne, or a rash around the mouth — and many times, the cause is ingredients in toothpaste... especially fluoride and sulfates," Dr. Loretta tells TZR. "This product is free of the common irritants associated with irritation, acne, and rashes. And it's vegan and cruelty-free. If you break out around your chin or have a rash on the lower part of your face, I suggest you try this."
"Silk doesn’t pull moisture from your hair and skin the way cotton does, leaving your hair silkier and more hydrated," Justine Marjan, a celebrity hair stylist who works with Khloé Kardashian, previously told The Zoe Report. Swap out your cotton pillowcase for this one from Slip to lock in moisture overnight.
"Ashwagandha helps to support your immune and endocrine systems because it's a powerful adaptogen," Therese explains. "It's great for stress and hormonal balance."
"I'm a huge believer in ingesting Omega oils to help with skin hydration," Dr. Loretta says. "I recommend them to all of my patients, especially those with acne, eczema, or taking cholesterol-lowering drugs. This product says it leaves no fishy aftertaste, which is the biggest reason why people stop taking them, and it also cites clinical study results."
"Pearl is linked to improved antioxidant status, which can help with overall skin wellness and cell regeneration," Dr. Karin L. Hermoni, the Head of Science and Nutrition at Lycored, tells TZR. "The powder has high protein and mineral content." Stir some into your smoothie for a lit-from-within glow.
"One thing I’ve learned from working with Elle Macpherson is that what you put into your body really shows on the outside, which is why she created The Super Elixir from her WelleCo company," Neil Scibelli, the model's go-to makeup artist, tells TZR. "It’s a super convenient, all-natural green juice powder that you can create by mixing it with water or coconut water — and it really fuels your cells and nourishes your body from the inside out, which ultimately shows up on your skin."
"The spirulina in this supplement is incredibly alkalinizing for the body, because it's a great source of trace minerals and B vitamins, and it's wonderful for detoxifying and cleansing the liver," Therese says.
"Oral supplementation with Vitamin D3 is something that should occur regardless of skincare, as it’s an important nutrient for bone health, and has general anti-inflammatory properties that benefit the skin health in the long run," Dr. Neil Sadick of Sadick Dermatology in Manhattan tells The Zoe Report. Get your daily dose with Hum Nutrition's Here Comes The Sun Vitamin D Supplement.
The ancient Indian science of Ayurveda has recently seen a spike in popularity, thanks to its star ingredient, turmeric, which tames inflammation from the inside out. "Incorporation of Ayurvedic skincare — from face oils to foods such as turmeric and ghee — is the natural next frontier in the exploration of a science that has a highly integrative and holistic healing philosophy," Shrankhla Holecek, an Ayurvedic expert and the founder of UMA Oils, tells The Zoe Report. Try the time-honored spice with Golde's Turmeric Tonic Blend, new at Sephora.