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Saturday 27 June 2015

Skin Supplements- 4 On Trial!

As a beauty blogger I get to try lots of fabulous skin and hair care products but as is often mentioned by beauty experts; how healthy you look on the outside is heavily dependant on how healthy you are on the inside. Obviously drinking plenty of water, getting a proper nights sleep, exercise and good nutrition are all important but what happens to those of us who are short on time? We often find ourselves making convenient decisions- picking up fast food for instance, which most likely doesn't contain all of the nutrients our bodies require to function at its most optimal level. I have been making a more concerted effort of late to eat a bit more healthily (I have to, considering I spent three days in Rome last week eating only carbohydrates and gelato…mmm, gelato) but even at that I know I could do with a helping hand sometimes. My body is naturally low in magnesium and iron so I often supplement them anyway and I take vitamin C and Calcium with Vitamin D for immunity and stronger bones but I tend not to focus as much on vitamin supplementation for aesthetic purposes. That is until right NOW!! 
*pause for dramatic effect*

Over the past couple of months I've received this lot from different brands to try out, which I will dutifully do and let you know how I get on as I go. I'll most likely update you on my Facebook page rather than create new posts for each product. 

First up we have Revive Active*, a health food supplement. This contains a 3.3mg daily dose of Thiamine, 500mg daily dose of Vitamin C, 2.5mcg of Vitamin B12, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) ands Selenium. This combination is designed to achieve normal energy levels, support a normal immune system, contribute to the normal function of the heart and help maintain normal skin, hair and nails. My box contains 7 sachets, which is a weeks worth. Recommended intake is one sachet to a glass of 300mls water. It costs less than the price of a cup of coffee per day and has been shown to provide positive results after just one week so I'm hoping for the same! Available from Lloyd's Pharmacy nationwide. This is €17.99 for the 7 day box and €59.95 for the 30 day box (currently reduced).

Next up is Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend*. I'd heard of this before, having seen it in pharmacies but had paid little attention to it until I spoke to a representative from the brand recently. This was created by one Dr Udo Erasmus, PhD, a man who's written several books on the importance of "the right fats"- your Omega 3, 6, 9 and fatty acids. This formula contains all of those oils by using a blend of flax, sesame, sunflower, primrose, rice germ, oat germ and coconut oils.
These are blended organically, unrefined and are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those who require gluten free. As this is an oil I feel like it's going to be harder to swallow (anyone else have horrible memories of Cod Liver Oil as a child? Bleeeurgh) so I'll be taking a teaspoon of this in a yoghurt or a smoothie.  
The formula uses a ratio of 2:1:1 of Omega 3:6:9, which is the ideal amount for most people's low fat, omega deficient diets. I'm expecting glowing, plump skin and shiny glossy hair from this one and as a side note- it's often used to help with PMT as it contains Evening Primrose Oil. Clever, eh? Again, available form Lloyd's pharmacies nationwide at a cost of €14.99 for 250ml.

From the Boots supplement range I have Beauty From Within- Collagen*, a skin firming formula to help support elasticity and shield the skin against visible signs of ageing. This is one tablet a day and contains 1000mg of fish collagen per tablet. I have a 30 day supply and am looking forward to seeing if these make a huge difference to my skin, which definitely requires a bit more anti-ageing care at the ripe old age of 31! I already have one gripe with these however and that is that they're MASSIVE! I hate taking big old horse pills but in the interest of science *blogging*, I'll give these a go! €24.99, available in stores and online.

Lastly, I have Perfectil Original Triple Active*. This contains Vitamins B2, B3 and Biotin to help maintain normal skin, and Zinc and Selenium to help maintain normal hair and nails. It actually contains lots of other vitamins and minerals but I guess those mentioned are the ones to specifically target those areas. I've tried this before, years ago and quite like them as I recall but I'll actually be taking notes this time to confirm just how effective they are!
This is once a day and it's a 30 day supply, also suitable for vegetarians. Available from most pharmacies nationwide, costing €12.85. 

I'll most likely have to try some of these on their own to get the full effect from them so it could take a while to finish them all but finish I shall! 

Have you tried any of these? Any supplements you're particularly fond of yourself?
You can't beat an auld tonic, wha'?!

*Indicates a press sample. All opinions my own, as always!

1 comment:

  1. As a beauty blogger I get to try lots of fabulous skin skin care products