What’s Up With Beauty Supplements?
For thousands of years, beauty has not just been about lotions and potions, but also about what we eat. Beauty works from the inside out and what we ingest can actually affect our hair, skin, and nails more so than even the fanciest cream.
It is pretty well-known that drinking plenty of water keeps your skin hydrated and glowing while drinking alcohol dries you out and induces inflammation. The same goes for nutrition and supplements. But, the issue with beauty supplements is the lack of research proving their effectiveness. Plus, vitamins are not as regulated by the FDA as you might hope, which means you never quite know what you’re getting.
These are some of the things that make the world of beauty supplements so confusing for so many. Hair, skin and nail vitamins have been around for years, even decades. These multivitamins mostly contained the same few ingredients plus an abundance of biotin, which although aids in hair growth and nail strength also has been known to cause an upset stomach and even acne for some (myself included).
After years of this biotin craze, newer beauty vitamin brands are launching what seems like every day with different ingredients to target specific beauty needs. While biotin is still on the top of the beauty vitamin list of ingredients, there are tons of other formulations making their way into this field. So which one is right for you?
Halo Beauty HSN & Kiwi Seed Booster
Tati Westbrook, AKA “Glam Life Guru” on YouTube, reignited interest in beauty supplements when she launched her company, Halo Beauty. Her first launch was the Hair Skin and Nails Booster. With dreamy claims like promoting thicker hair, minimizing the signs of aging, aiding in stronger nails, and even fighting gray hairs, it all seemed too good to be true. And then the customers’ before and afters spoke for themselves. These cute pink pills actually seemed to be making a difference. And with the impact of her first launch, Tati then launched her second product, Kiwi Seed Booster. This is a beauty supplement aimed towards the skin only. This means, it is more affordable and free from biotin and saw palmetto, the two ingredients that got some heat in the industry. Kiwi Seed Booster has also shown shocking results via customer testimonials and Tati is a trusted voice in the beauty community. All of this combined shifted the questionable narrative about beauty supplements.
Even with all the good press and lovely reviews, there is still a lack of scientific evidence that the ingredients in these supplements like collagen and zinc do anything at all unless you have a deficiency which is very rare. So, as Tati recommends and I second, always speak to your physician before adding anything to your routine. Anything from Vitamin C tablets to a Flintstone multivitamin should be discussed with a doctor. Although most of the side effects resulting from supplements are quite minor, everyone is different and even natural ingredients can interact with medication.
So, would I recommend Halo Beauty? Yes and no. Based on the customer photos, I have been very keen to try the Kiwi Seed Booster as I don’t struggle with hair growth. After researching ingredients I don’t see any risks for myself, but these supplements are quite an investment. So, based on your beauty needs, what you want and expect from the vitamins, and what your doctor says, you’ll have to decide for yourself.
OLLY is a gummy vitamin brand with tons of options for anything you could ever need. They sell everything from sleep aids to multivitamins and even kids vitamins. Gummy vitamins, although more enjoyable, have their own share of complaints against them. They all contain some form of sugar, but with that, the benefits are meant to outweigh any sugar intake. And the benefits of the OLLY supplements are many.
They offer a gummy called Undeniable Beauty, which contains the most common ingredients like biotin, keratin, and vitamins C and E. It is, essentially, the gummy version of a basic hair, skin, and nails supplement. For those looking for a more focused benefit, Flawless Complexion has antioxidants, minerals, and botanicals that are known to aid in clearing skin. Then Beauty Sleep is a mixture of their sleep aid and a boost of skin-loving ingredients. With melatonin and l-theanine plus ceramides, this gummy is meant to aid in relaxation as well as boost the skin’s natural barrier. Finally, Vibrant Skin is actually the supplement I have been taking for over two months. With a blend of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and sea buckthorn, I found this to be the most beneficial for my dry skin and to have the safest collection of ingredients.
So, would I recommend OLLY? Mostly, yes. This is one of the most affordable brands on the list and from what I can tell, their ingredients are high quality and their products are effective. So, after a chat with your doctor and picking which mixture is right for you, I think this brand is less of a risk than some others.
HUM Nutrition is essentially a more luxurious version of OLLY. With more than 25 beauty blends, this brand has tons to choose from. Something that I do like about this brand is that you can take a quick quiz on their website to find out which of their supplements would best benefit you. This leaves the guessing out of it which is nice. They even have a group of women nutritionists working with them to ensure you meet your goals.
Although I found this brand to be a touch overpriced, it depends what it is you are looking for. They have options for dry skin, anti-aging, acne, detox, hair and nails, weight management, and more. I have seen some impressive befores and afters from this brand as well. And, I do believe their recommended product combinations work beautifully together.
Nature’s Bounty Beauty Gels
Nature’s Bounty is a well-known supplements brand. I am sure you see them every time you go to the pharmacy. After more than 50 years in the wellness space, they have amped up their beauty game with seven new concoctions of beauty gels. For years they have actually been the #1 brand for hair, skin, and nails, but have now branched out into more dynamic products. They have a MoistureTreat gel which has hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. Their GoodnightLovely formula also has hyaluronic acid along with melatonin to help you get to sleep. If you want to fight aging from the inside out, their SkinElasticity has their own trademarked ingredient derived from marigolds. Want clearer skin? ClearComplexion contains manganese and zinc. GlowOn promotes a youthful complexion, EvenBeauty smooths skin’s tone and texture, and finally, HappySmile aids with oral health.
It is certainly nice to see such an established brand throw their hat in the ring. And because this is such a popular brand, it may be one of the most accessible and comforting for people just trying beauty supplements for the first time.
Ah. SugarBearHair. If you haven’t seen at least one person promote these gummy vitamins on Instagram in the last week, there must be a glitch in the algorithm. These are loaded with biotin, vitamin c, and folic acid, or so they say. These claim to aid in hair growth and strength without changing your facial or body hair. They claim to be gentle on the stomach and have no side effects. Their website even shows a 4.9 out of 5-star rating for these gummy supplements. With all their celebrity and influencer endorsements, you may think they are a true holy grail. And their ingredients certainly seem similar to some others. But, because vitamins are not exactly regulated by the FDA, it came with a little shock that in 2016 Buzzfeed discovered the quantities the brand claims were 20% inaccurate or more. Their testing discovered that the SugarBearHair supplements contained 70% more biotin than claimed, 75% of the vitamins b5 and b6, and 26% less vitamin e. Most of these ingredients will be cleared out the body when not consumed, so although shady, this is not exactly dangerous. But, on top of that, there was also levels of lead found in their vitamins which can cause serious health issues at any amount.
How was this overlooked? Well, because dietary supplements are very loosely governed. These labels and claims are not always checked. This can be true for any supplement brand, so you really need to do your own research and decide which companies you trust. With all of this, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly are what truly make a difference. And, if you do that you shouldn’t even need supplements. But, since most of us fall flat with our diets, supplements can be beneficial as long as they are honest about their ingredients.
Yup, that is me, and makeup-free. The reason I so highly recommend OLLY Vibrant Skin is the ingredients. One of the most potent is hyaluronic acid, which help the skin to look and feel more supple. Half of the hyaluronic acid in your body is present in your skin, where it binds to water to help retain moisture. When applied to the surface of the skin, hyaluronic acid can reduce wrinkles, redness and dermatitis. This, along with collagen, is something that we already produce in our bodies, so there is little to no chance of side effects. And in my experience, they really seem to balance my skin and offer a nice glow.
It seems that no matter how much research is lacking or complete, beauty supplements will always be a controversial product in the beauty and wellness space. What do you think of them?
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