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With the beauty industry expanding at a rapid pace, we are often introduced to new supplements and ingredients. The most recent rising star is silica. It’s said to have a radiant effect on your complexion. It’s also claimed that it can leave you with a healthy glow from the inside out.

This is a beauty-boosting supplement that you have probably never heard of until now, but watch this space, in the months to come, silica is set to be the next big thing in skincare.

What is silica?

In science-speak, when the elements silicon and oxygen are combined, the result is silica, which is also known as silicon dioxide. This under-the-radar mineral naturally occurs in the human body but can be derived from several places, such as quartz dust and dark leafy vegetables.


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It also plays an important role in collagen synthesis. Since silica is required for building collagen, without it, we would literally fall apart.

Benefits of silica for skin

Silica is a superstar in the beauty world. It supports your body’s ability to produce collagen and maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails. We’re talking thicker hair with less breakage, firmer and smoother skin, and long, strong nails. The fact is that this wonder mineral is an overachiever. It also gives you a glow because it increases the transport of nutrients and oxygen to your skin. The result is hydrated skin.

How to increase your silica intake

If silica is a naturally occurring mineral in our body, why should we supplement it? The sad truth is that silica production slows from around the age of 25, just like collagen. I suggest that you look to start taking silica in your late 20s/early 30s, or when you see fine lines appearing.

Prevention is always better than cure. There are many ways that you could increase your silica intake, such as through your diet. These foods include green beans, bananas, leafy greens, brown rice, and lentils.

That said, the only way to get enough to see a marked difference is by taking a supplement. As a supplement, silica can be taken in gel, capsule, or liquid form. My recommended brand for adding silica to your daily routine is Alexia Rich. Be sure to only use Orgono® Silica. It’s a quartz derivative that’s clinically proven to be 400% easier for your body to absorb than other types.


Remember, like any other supplement, it will take some time to see results. Over time, you should notice a difference. Your complexion might become brighter. Your skin will be firmer, glowing, and have improved elasticity with increased hydration. It also helps reduce pores, blemishes, and wrinkles. It can also rebuild joint cartilage, speed up recovery from exercise, improve digestion and detox your system.

Visit SkinMiles and sign up for a free Face2Face Assessment. You will receive personal recommendations from Dr. Nikolic for your skin type or skin concerns.


Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic is a renowned specialist in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. With a focus on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers, he has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and is responsible for training many medical practitioners both locally and internationally. After receiving his MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand (1992) he went on to do an MBA at University of Cape Town (2000). With over 24 year in private practice, he has lectured and performed live demonstrations across the globe, including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw.  Some of his achievements include: Owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement Owner of online skincare store, com. Founding member of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy Advisor to Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics   Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa(AAMSSA) Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery(ASLMS).

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.