Equitance is a holistic Japanese skincare line that has recently come out with the findings from their clinical study involving their Skin Radiance Dietary Supplement. The results of the study showed that 100% of the subjects (31 women) noticed an improvement in skin brightness after 60 days of taking the supplement (6 tablets a day). The test was objectively evaluated by dermatologists, reporting an average improvement of 39% in skin brightness in all participants.
To view a before and after photograph from the study, click here. The after shot clearly shows lightening of dark spots as well as overall brightening and increased clarity.
Do the findings of this clinical study warrant excitement and praise within the skin lightening market?
Oral supplements and products that promise skin brightening are nothing new. There have been several that have popped up on the scene and have garnered nothing but poor reviews and lackluster sales. The question is: can a supplement really brighten skin? If so, then why have so many other products and companies failed to achieve their claims? How is the Equitance Skin Radiance Dietary Supplement different? Is it all in the formulation? We’ll take a look at the ingredients and evaluate, but before that, here is the official description/claim:
The Equitance supplement was designed to support brightening and skin health at the most fundamental levels – within the body. Calibrated to work with the balanced botanicals and proven technology found in the brightening topical formulas, our dietary supplement provides support for radiance from within*. The supplement features a proprietary blend of ingredients designed to improve skin’s vitality. When the supplement is regularly taken with the other steps in the Brightening regimen, the complexion realizes the fullest expression of true beauty, radiating soft light, as if lit from within. Proper diet and exercise awareness can only add to the beautiful radiance of the skin.
The ingredient list is as follows:
Egg Shell Membrane
Egg Shell Membrane offers a completely natural source of nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, collagen (including types V and X, in addition to the type I which is vital for skin integrity), and amino acids. Because of this, supplementation of egg shell membrane is popular among those with chronic pain or stiff joints (due to the anti-inflammatory and connective tissue benefits offered by egg shell membrane’s nutrients).
There is very little concrete research that shows that egg shell membrane can benefit skin topically (non-third party clinical study done by Dr. Nicholas Perricone says otherwise), but there is clear evidence that oral supplementation of egg shell membrane can benefit the skin by reducing inflammation and aiding skin maintenance.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape Seed Extract contains an antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which has been proven to benefit those with chloasma (melasma affecting pregnant women) via oral intake, over a period of 6 months.
Yucca Extract has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits. It has a potential risk of causing gastronintestinal irritation due to its inability to fully absorb in the GI tract.
Topically it has been used to treat sores and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Hesperidin is a common ingredient found in many topical skin lightening and brightening products. It lightens skin by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase, which is responsible for producing melanin. Most of the studies involving Hesperidin’s skin lightening abilities have been conducted on mice.
Orally, it has been proven to promote blood flow. Brightening benefits involving oral intake of hesperidin are insufficient.
The other active ingredients include vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and zinc which are all essential to the body. Vitamin C in particular, when taken orally can increase vitamin C levels within the skin. However, once vitamin C levels are saturated, there is no further increase in concentration. The optimal vitamin C level in human skin is still not known.
There are studies that show that oral supplementation of vitamin C in combination with vitamin E can prevent UV-induced damage.
Now that we know what these ingredients can do, can we tout the Equitance Skin Radiance Dietary Supplement as a viable skin brightener? There is no doubt that these ingredients benefit the skin and can potentially enhance radiance, but this propietary blend is far from perfect. It is lacking key nutrients which enhance skin protection and contribute to its luminosity. These nutrients can be found in food and other supplements, so in a sense you are only getting half of what you really need to obtain glowing skin from the inside.
A healthy diet is essential in having healthy skin. Research by St. Andrews University has shown the positive effects that consuming fruits and vegetables can have on the skin tone and complexion.
The bottom line is that the Equitance Skin Radiance Dietary Supplement does contain some excellent ingredients that can contribute to brighter skin. Glowing, bright skin can be obtained from the inside out, but don’t put all your eggs in one basket. By investing in a healthy diet that nourishes your body in addition to using supplements such as Equitance Skin Radiance Dietary Supplement, your skin will undoubtedly glow.