At the beginning of the year, I started a bunch of new habits. One part vanity project, two parts coming back from a Southern vacation where I overindulged in gravy, biscuits, and grits. Having a healthier diet became a new goal, cutting back on alcohol, and a subsequent obsession with trendy beauty supplements.
When I say beauty supplements I’m talking about blends and tonics designed with skin, hair, and nails in mind. Not just taking a trace mineral or vitamin because it’s supposed to have beautification benefits. I had the best luck finding trendy brands on Urban Outfitters Beauty & Wellness shop, and of course all the health & wellness bloggers I follow. As the trend continues more and more options will become available, it seems to be a fairly small niche in the American market.
Side Note: Amazon has become so sketch lately I refuse suggest them unless I’m confident it’s from a trustworthy seller.
Raw Complexions No. 1 Skintox
Sitting around for a while, I didn’t consistently use Skintox until January. I added it to smoothies every morning and saw improvement, but I wasn’t 100% convinced since I had just started my new habit. Until I ran out. My jawline majorly cleared up: small bumps, blackheads, hormonal cysts were minimal. A month or so after running out breakouts have come back, although nothing like prior. I do feel like this blend improved my skin. I’ve debated on repurchasing or attempting to make it myself. But let’s be honest, I’m too lazy for that soooo…
Fountain Super Hyaluronic Molecule
**I no longer support the brand as of February 2018
Moon Juice Tonics & Herbs
I went all in with Ashwagandha for anxiety, Maca for energy and balancing stress, and both Ho Shou Wu and Pearl for vanity. I had been taking Inositol Powder for anxiety with success until I started retaining water and felt bloated ALL.THE.TIME. Immediately shelved it, started on Moon Juice shortly after, and the anxiety/stress relief maintained. I’m hooked! Maca gives me insane clarity and energy, no longer do I need a second cup of coffee during the day. I’m nervous to take out Ashwagandha or Ho Shou Wu just to see what happens… I’m pretty confident they’re managing my anxiety and improving mood. Pearl I’m undecided on… I’ll take it out for a while and see if I want to keep it in rotation, I’m likely getting enough amino acids and minerals from everything else I’m doing anyway. I love the idea of taking crushed pearl, though!
Each tonic or herb is loaded with vitamins, minerals, etc. so your body is getting major nutrients. Aside from feeling good, it shows up in your hair, skin, and nails too. Physically I’ve noticed my skin is smooth and soft all over. The mild chicken bump skin I experienced on the back of my arms? Gone. Nails seem stronger, too.
Getting on this trend is pricey, particularly in the beginning BUT they do last a long time. I take 1/4-1/2 tsp daily, sometimes more, equating to a few months worth. Once I work my way through Moon Juice I’ll start testing The Maca Team and Sun Potion. All three brands are known for quality, although I’ve heard Sun Potion’s potency rivals Moon Juice at double the cost. I may end up mixing and matching from each but I’ll definitely be keeping tonics and herbs in my supplement arsenal!
I’m always looking for something new to try… if you have a secret beauty weapon, spill please! Xx
* Raw Complexions & Fountain supplements provided as PR samples