The benefits of beauty supplements

The Beauty Chef - The benefits of beauty supplements

When it comes to feeding our skin, hair and nails, it’s far more complex than simply the products we choose to use topically. While beauty supplements have certainly grown in popularity, not all hair, skin and nail supplements are created equal.


For radiant, glowing skin and strong, lustrous hair, it’s essential to take care of your gut health first and look closely at the nutrients we’re consuming. Research continues to reveal the intimate link between our gut health and our skin, and at a core level, what we see in the mirror is a direct reflection of the state of our gut.


It makes sense then, that one of the key ways to support our skin, hair and nail health is to nourish ourselves from within.


Skin-loving nutrients


Zinc: If you’re prone to inflammation or breakouts, loading up on zinc is essential as it can really assist with wound-healing. It’s also a nutrient that’s linked to strong, healthy hair and nails – as well as a healthy immune system – so a daily beauty supplement containing zinc, such as GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, can be of huge benefit.


Vitamin C: Adding vitamin C-rich foods and supplements to your diet is a simple way to boost the health of your skin, hair and nails. This essential nutrient helps to protect the body from oxidative damage and assists in the production of collagen, the protein responsible for maintaining our skin’s strength and elasticity. Whole fruits and veggies such as citrus, tomatoes, kiwifruit and papaya are rich sources, as is maqui berry (found in GLOW) which has the highest level of skin-protective antioxidants of all fruits.

Omega-3s: This essential fatty acid is found in abundance in chia seeds and oily fish such as salmon, and is an anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing powerhouse. Healthy fats are also vital for ensuring we stay hydrated, so if shiny, lustrous locks and dewy skin are what you’re after, supplement with essential fatty acids.


Prebiotics and probiotics: For our skin, hair and nails to be strong and healthy, we need the microflora in our gut to be in balance and both pre and probiotics play an integral part in this process. They literally nourish our gut with the goodness it needs to function optimally. But rather than opting for a stock-standard probiotic (which may only contain a few strains of good bacteria), beauty supplements such as GLOW Inner Beauty Powder contain a broad spectrum of probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, which have both been proven to boost gut health, combat inflammation in the skin and help protect against the effects of sun-damaged skin.


Finally, remember that it’s not only the nutrients and supplements we choose to consume that can have an effect on our gut health and that of our skin, hair and nails, but also what we choose to eliminate. Reduce your consumption of sugar, gluten, alcohol, dairy, refined carbohydrates and processed foods, which can often be foods that compromise gut health.


How do your nourish your skin from within?


Ask Carla | How are The Beauty Chef products designed to work together?

The Beauty Chef - Ask Carla | How are The Beauty Chef products designed to work together?


As a brand, The Beauty Chef evolved very organically. Having experienced my own skin issues – suffering from eczema as a child – and witnessing the skin issues of my daughter as well, I quickly realised just how intimate the connection between our gut and skin really is.

For glowing skin, we need to first and foremost look at the state of our gut and nourish ourselves from within with nutrient-dense foods. Essentially, this is how my first product, GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, was born after I began experimenting in my own kitchen.

Created using 24 bio-fermented superfoods, prebiotics and probiotics, GLOW truly promotes radiant skin and perfectly illustrates our philosophy here at The Beauty Chef – that beauty begins in the belly.

As the range of products has evolved and expanded, this philosophy has remained at the core of what we do and all of the products are designed to work synergistically together so no matter where you are on your health and beauty journey, there’s a product designed to help you nourish yourself from within and address your specific skin concerns.

So, how are the three categories designed to work together?


Consisting of the GLOW and CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powders, these essentials products are designed to be the foundations of your inner beauty routine. If you were to think of them as topical skincare products, these would be your daily moisturiser. While both these probiotic-rich formulas promote radiant skin from within, CLEANSE is specifically designed for those who have congested skin and want to support their liver and digestion through a deeper detoxification process.


If the essentials range is your daily moisturiser, think of our boosts as your internal serums, working to target more specific skin concerns. We now have three inner beauty boosts in our range – COLLAGEN, ANTIOXIDANT and HYDRATION. For anyone concerned about skin texture or fine lines, COLLAGEN is designed to help keep skin plump, whereas ANTIOXIDANT is great for those with a complexion that’s stressed, looking a little dull or sun-damaged. If you’re looking to boost cellular hydration from the inside out, try HYDRATION.


The final category consists of two complementary products to support your lifestyle concerns. Our BODY Inner Beauty Powder is a protein-rich supplement designed to bring the body back into balance and boost your metabolism, while SLEEP Inner Powder helps combat restlessness and relieve symptoms of mild anxiety. Just as you would apply your night cream, sipping on SLEEP before you head to bed is a great ritual to wind down and prepare the body for rest.

Have you got an inner beauty routine?

Coconut crepes with rose yoghurt & strawberries

The Beauty Chef - Coconut Crepes with Rose Yoghurt

Breakfast should always be celebrated and these coconut crepes are pure comfort. With a subtle hint of rosewater and COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost to promote skin radiance, this breakfast will nourish you inside and out.



Coconut Crepes

  • 1 large organic egg
  • ¾ cup (180ml) drinking coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon ghee, melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup (30g) arrowroot
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut flour
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt


Rose Yoghurt



  1. To prepare the coconut crepes, whisk the arrowroot, coconut flour and salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs, coconut milk and ghee together in a separate medium bowl. Whisking continuously, gradually pour the wet mixture into the dry to make a smooth batter. Set aside for 5 minutes for the coconut flour to rehydrate.
  2. To prepare the rose yoghurt, whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat a small (20cm) non-stick or cast-iron frying pan over medium-high heat. Dip some kitchen paper into ghee or coconut oil and rub over the hot pan to lightly grease.
  4. Pour ⅓ cup (80ml) of the batter into the centre of the pan and swirl to coat the pan in an even layer. Cook for 30 seconds or until the surface is set and base is golden. Flip and cook for a further 20 seconds, or until golden. Transfer onto a plate, cover to keep warm and set aside. Repeat with the remaining batter to make four crepes.
  5. To serve, arrange strawberry slices on one quarter of each crepe. Top with a dollop of rose yoghurt. Fold in half, then quarters. Place on a large, or individual serving plates. Serve sprinkled with crushed pistachios.

Looking for more recipe inspiration? Download our FREE Belly Beautiful e-Book, filled with snack and smoothie recipes for inner and outer beauty.


Country Road // Q&A with Carla and Jeet

The Beauty Chef - Country Road Q & A

Carla Oates, founder of The Beauty Chef, has a focus on inner and outer wellbeing, with all-round happiness at the heart of her business. Here, she shares her entrepreneurial spirit and viewpoint on motherhood, accompanied by gorgeous model daughter Jeet.


You head up your own business, The Beauty Chef, and are also a devoted mother of two – to Otis and Jeet – it must be difficult at times to find balance. Can you describe your viewpoint on motherhood?

“Motherhood is powerful and all encompassing. There is a big part of my brain that is completely dedicated to thinking about my children – happy for them, worried about them, thinking of how I can help them, what they should do next. And then the biggest part of my heart is completely devoted to them, too. Sometimes my heart feels bursting with happiness and pride and other times it hurts if they are in pain. It is both a passion and a job and the greatest responsibility of all, but it is by far the most rewarding role I’ve ever had. I love the quote: “It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism,” by Gilda Radner.

Can you share a favourite memory with your daughter?

“When Jeet was little we had a cubby house in our backyard and it was called The Super Yum Café. Jeet would spend hours making things in there and serving them up to us – she was always creating concoctions – of sticks, twigs and other inedible things. She was very funny and had really curly hair with dimples, she was so cute. My favourite memories are doing creative things with her, making things, she was always in her element being creative and still is.”

What is the greatest lesson your children have taught you?

“To be patient, open-minded, to practise gratitude and to pick my battles. And that as long as they are happy and healthy, nothing else really matters.”

Describe your personal style, which pieces are you drawn to?

“I am drawn to pieces that are simple, but beautiful and well made. I prefer to invest in a few good pieces that will last a long time. I love natural fabrics from an aesthetic and tactile perspective. I like how they look, the natural detail in their fibres and also how they feel on my skin and that they breathe – especially in summer.”

Have you taken style cues from your daughter over the years, do you share a similar approach to style?

“Jeet has a very acute eye when it comes to fashion, design and art and also she has golden ears for music. She is very cool and so occasionally I will pick up on something that she is wearing, but then I must ask her, “Am I too old to wear or do that?” and she generally says – “No, I think it would look great, Mum”. I really value her advice and opinions. She is clever and intuitive when it comes to many things including fashion. She and I are similar in that we are not afraid to be individuals when it comes to self-expression.”

Lastly, what is your idea of perfect happiness?

“My idea of perfect happiness right now is when my family are all together eating a homemade meal on a beautiful sunny day and I know that each and every one of them are in a good place, physically, mentally and emotionally and I can soak all of that up, be in the moment, and feel absolute joy.”

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Can you share a favourite memory with your mum?

“When we both lay face and body down on the gravel pavement on the Bondi promenade from a head over heels crash from doubling up on my scooter. We both lay there, immobile, mutually staring into each others eyes with extreme embarrassment, love and deep deep empathy. We went down together and back up.”

What inspires you most about your mum?

“She’s a cool mum, not an ordinary mum. She’s gracefully ambitious, strong, annoyingly intelligent, her unconditional love, generosity and her Benjamin Button beauty.”

What is the great lesson your mum has taught you?

“Be grateful, it’s okay to say no, and to always be inspired.”

Describe your personal style, which pieces are you drawn to?

“I’m always in a pair of jeans. I love anything baggy and comfy. I love wearing boy’s sportswear, baggy shirts, big jumpers and vintage clothes.”

Have you taken style cues from your mum over the years, do you share a similar approach to style?

“My mum’s style has definitely inspired my jean obsession and feminine side of dressing. She always wears beautiful fabrics, mid-length loose dresses, turtleneck soft jumpers and textured coats. These items have influenced the way I dress quite a lot. Most of our arguments arise from me stealing her clothes.”

Lastly, what is your idea of perfect happiness?

“My idea of perfect happiness is embracing vulnerability, accepting change and embarking on as many experiences and adventures as possible.”

This interview originally appeared on Live With Us by Country Road.