As mentioned to you guys in this blog post I am on a major mission to improve the current state of my hair. After being a faux blonde for more than 10 years, I must admit, my hair was not in the best shape. My hair was falling out and at the same time my split ends were causing major breakage. We all know the only way to get rid of split ends is to go for a good trim – don’t believe the fibs beauty companies tell you about products that can mend split ends, there’s no such thing! I recently went from being a very light blonde, back to my brunette roots (and I can’t be happier with the result). I used to love being a blonde, but now I love being a brunette even more! I really think my new warm brown locks bring out the green in my eyes and so many people have said the brown makes my eyes pop. Ok, so no more bleach = check! A good ol’ hair trim = check!
I realized that healthier hair not only means taking care of the external, but it also means eating the right foods and taking good supplements. I truly believe the ‘Hair, Skin & Nails’ supplements you get from Clicks or Dis-Chem help because they contain the right nutrients (biotin, zinc and B-complex) for optimal ‘beauty health’. I’m not saying multivitamins / supplements are the be-all and end-all for hair (or skin, or nail) health, but they help to fill gaps found in our diet. In saying that, we should remember that eating a healthy, balanced diet is also key to have shiny hair, glowing skin and strong nails – a dietary or beauty supplement is exactly that…something to provide nutrients that may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in your every-day diet.
I used to only take the SOLAL Technologies Beauty Nutrients daily supplement in the past, but as mentioned above I have really been trying to up my ‘healthy-skin-and-hair-game’.
Please note I do NOT take all of these supplements every day, I tend to alternate between them since I do get bored with these types of things quite quickly. And because I have been using all of these supplements for the past month and a half, I can’t say with 100% certainty which of these have helped the most. What I can tell you, though, is that I visited my hair stylist (Carla) at Gary Rom Hair the other day and she commented on how healthy my hair looked and felt (this was my au naturel hair without any hair products / blow waving / curling – just normal air-dried hair).
My nails have always been strong, so I don’t have any issues in that department. My skin, however, does go through phases – whether it’s hormonal breakouts or just the occasional blemish. I went through a phase a couple of months ago where I had these very annoying little bumps on my forehead, not proper blemishes but an unevenness in the skin. It was a constant worry of mine because even though my makeup looked pretty good on any given day, there were always these little bumps all over my forehead. Ever since focusing on taking my beauty supplements daily, applying my Clarins Double Serum religiously and doing a little something in the shower (all will be revealed in an upcoming blog post, you can take your mind out the gutter!), I have seen a marked difference in the elasticity and moisture of my skin (and I have gotten rid of those pesky little bumps).
KELSLIM – Dr. Oz calls seaweed the ‘miracle vegetable of the sea’. Some types of seaweed have more calcium than your favourite cheese, more iron than beef, and more protein than eggs, plus is a rich source of micronutrients. Reasons to ingest these ‘sea veggies’ include treating cancer, lowering cholesterol, shrinking goiters, dissolving tumors and cysts, detoxifying heavy metals, increasing metabolic rate, reducing water retention, and aiding in weight loss. KELSLIM is a 100% natural seaweed product from our very own pristine west coast waters & is marketed to boost energy levels, aid with weight loss, plus promote healthy hair, nail growth & glowing skin. I take 1 capsule in the morning and 1 in the evening – as mentioned above my hair and skin has improved considerably, plus I am happy to report my energy levels are up as well (I don’t have the late-afternoon-slump anymore unless it has been a particularly stressful day). I have also lost weight but since I have changed my diet (I’m eating healthier than I used to, plus I have cut out fizzy drinks completely), I can’t really comment on whether this product was the only reason for the weight loss. KELSLIM retails for R 120,00 (1 month’s supply) and is available in the KELSLIM online store or at these stockists around South Africa.
Skin Nutrition Omega 3 Shake – this is a meal supplement that promises to support cellular nutrition, which in turn will promote beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Rich in Omega 3 essential fats, fiber, protein, vitamins & minerals, anti-oxidants, and skin enhancing ingredients, it also contains whole grain complex carbohydrates for sustained energy, is low GI (so it will not spike your blood sugar) and contains natural flavours & no sugar or artificial sweeteners. I mix 2 scoops (there is a scoop included in the bag) with 250ml of cold water, shake in a shaker bottle and drink as a mid-morning snack. This can also be added to your smoothies for added nutrients – I’ve done this before and it tastes great! Skin Nutrition Omega 3 Shakes retail for R 345,00 per 900g bag at selected Foschini stores. I understand this type of supplement might not be within everyone’s budget but I decided to purchase it because I really wanted to get my hair back to a healthy state (and that means trying various things to be able to find that one thing that really makes a difference).
Fountain The Hyaluronic Molecule & The Beauty Molecule – I received this wonderful duo in a press pack from Clicks a while ago. These can be either taken directly (1 or 2 teaspoons) or can be mixed with a juice or non-dairy smoothie. The Hyaluronic Molecule contains a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid which is an anti-inflammatory, hydrating compound found readily in the skin, joints, eyes, and the brain. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is referred to as nature’s own lubricant but unfortunately the production of this compound declines with age. I’ve mentioned before here on the blog, HA is able to hold 1000 times its weight in water and as a result, it acts as the body’s own hydrator – keeping our joints mobile, our eyes lubricated and our skin soft, supple and smooth. This supplement is sweetened with natural Xylitol (which contributes to dental health), plus is a vegan-friendly source of pure food-grade Hyaluronic Acid. The Hyaluronic Molecule (the bottle on the left) is quite thick (I would imagine it is because of the high concentration of HA) and I must admit, the taste does take some getting used to – however, if you mix it with your juice, the slight bitter aftertaste is a lot less noticeable.
The Beauty Molecule contains Hyaluronic Acid as well as a high concentration of Resveratrol, a natural phenol found in the skin of red grapes and in Japanese knotweed. Studies have shown that Resveratrol is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory & promotes normal cell division – this means has anti-aging properties. Studies show that a topical cream containing Resveratrol cannot penetrate the skin but it can be absorbed into the body, and that is why this supplement is being hailed as the new youth potion. Each teaspoon contains as much Resveratrol as 26,000 red grapes (impressive!!), plus the formula is free of artificial colours and flavours. The Beauty Molecule (bottle on the right) is quite a bit thinner in consistency than The Hyaluronic Molecule and tastes fruity (as it contains pomegranate juice) with a slight bitter aftertaste. I also mix this one with my fruit juice or dairy-free smoothies, to get rid of the aftertaste.
Both these Fountain supplements are currently available at Clicks and retails for R 300,00 per bottle. I am hoping Clicks will also stock the below Fountain Molecules as I’m very interested to give them a go (goodness knows I need all the help I can get in the brain stamina- and energy departments):
If my hair and skin continues to improve as a result of the mixture of these products, then I will definitely repurchase in the future. I’m also always open to trying new things, so if you guys have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments below.