For many people “looking good” is part of “feeling good,” which can help instill confidence that provides them with a competitive advantage. Healthy radiant skin is a sign of vibrant health and is often at the top of the “wish list” for people who want to look their best.
MSM is a rich source of sulfur — 34% by weight. Sulfur is a key component of collagen that supports the skin’s structural framework. Sulfur is also a building block of keratin, the chief structural constituent of hair and nails.*
Research has shown MSM provides positive benefits for the anti-aging and healthy skin. It appears MSM works through a few different mechanisms, although the exact pathways are still being studied and are not yet fully understood. First, MSM increases the body’s ability to fight oxidative stress, a major contributor to skin damage. Secondly, it can decrease damage done through internal inflammation, spurred by stress, dietary habits, or normal processes. And lastly, it is thought that MSM can improve the foundation of skin – collagen and other connective tissue proteins.
For years, anecdotal evidence suggested that MSM benefited skin health, but only recently did the scientific evidence come to support the claim. A clinical trial on MSM showed the benefits of oral supplementation on anti-aging. The study reported that 100% of participants taking MSM showed a decrease in the number of wrinkles, with an average reduction of 38%. Along with wrinkle reduction, the study also reported improvements in skin elasticity and firmness.
MSM is often utilized In topical formulations where the ingredients panel may reflect MSM as dimethyl sulfone. The combination of using MSM both topically and orally provides the synergistic effects of continuous support from the outside through topical application while bolstering the internal processes that lead to better long-term benefits through oral supplementation. The skin is complex and comprised of several layers. The topical application can benefit the outer layer, epidermis, and by supporting the underlying dermis and hypodermis layers, oral use of MSM helps maintain the long-term health of the skin.
*Please visit the RESEARCH section for supporting information and published studies