If we had a Rand for every time Kim K tried selling us hair vitamins, we’d probably be able to afford her sister’s lip kits by now. Salty, yes – but true. Spent time on Instagram lately? Then you would know that beauty supplements are the new ‘it’ thing celebrities are promising will give us the glow-up that coconut oil and charcoal toothpaste didn’t. But…do they work?
The science of supplements
Well, there’s no straight-forward answer there, because it depends, right? If you’re taking a mix of vitamins, minerals and superfoods that don’t necessarily have a scientific basis for their claims, it’s possible that you’re wasting your money. Biotin for example – an ingredient in many hair growth supplements – hasn’t been unequivocally proven as an effective ingredient to battle hair loss.
That doesn’t mean Biotin and other under-researched ingredients are bogus. They may well be super helpful and show this in future studies, but if you’re not looking to gamble with your hard-earned pay check, it might be smarter to stick with supplements with documented results.
But then again, even when your supplements have the right ingredients, there might be problems with the brand you buy. When you enter the often-bewildering supplements aisle, you’re likely going to be tempted to buy from cheaper suppliers. After all, if you’re not yet sold on the whole vitamins gig, why spend more? Well, this is where being thrifty catches up with you.
Where to save, where to splurge
The more affordable goods are often synthetic, and because these often contain massive amounts of one part of a vitamin or mineral your body needs, and too little of another, they can be unbalanced. Annoying. Counteract this problem by buying one, strong multi-vitamin that covers all the bases, and get it from a reputable brand – like these recommended by skincare experts, Skin Renewal.
So, what have we learnt? Supplements are a good addition to a balanced, healthy lifestyle if they contain the right ingredients in the right forms. If you have more questions on supplements or any other skincare concerns, remember you can ask our experts at Skin Renewal. How cool?!
Have you tried any supplements before? What’s worked for you? Answer in the comments below.