Beauty Supplement“Beauty supplements” isn’t some clever marketing term to describe diet pills and it’s not some ploy trying to make regular vitamins sound fashionable. Beauty supplements are pills that are formulated to improve your skin, nails, hair and sometimes all three. The idea isn’t that different from how there are some vitamins that boost immunity while others focus on bone health. These supplements just happen to focus on your hair, nails and skin.

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Intrigued? Read on to find out more about beauty supplements:

What exactly are they?

As I’ve mentioned previously, think of them as a type of supplement that has the added benefits of improving your skin, hair or nails thanks to a specific dosage of nutrients and minerals. You’ve probably heard of the Viviscal but that is just the starting point. There are collagen-boosting pills and ones for thinning, brittle hair and nails.

There are also products aren’t necessarily marketed as beauty supplements but have the beauty-boosting benefits. These include things such as bee pollen, fish oil and powdered superfoods.

What do they look like?

Beauty supplements generally don’t look any different than your vitamins or other medications. You can also get candy-like versions in chewable formulas and gummies. There are also powders, oils and liquids depending on the specific supplement you choose.

How do I know what ones to take?

Not all beauty supplements are created equal. There are those based on proper scientific research but there are poor imitations out there. Choose a reputable brand. Before you start taking any pills, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Also, avoid buying anything off questionable websites.

Should I stop taking my regular vitamin?

It depends on what product you choose but before you make any changes, speak to a pharmacist.

How much do they cost?

The prices vary. You can get supplements from just over $20 but then there are also lots in the $40 to $60 range and some for upwards of $100, if you want a larger combo pack.

Where can I buy them?

Beauty supplements are a constantly expanding area and you should be able to find a good selection of them mixed in with the vitamins at the drugstore. Beauty stores like Sephora also carry them.

Here are a few beauty supplements to consider:

1. Phytophanère Hair And Nails Dietary Supplement ($30, Phyto)Phyto Phytopanere Hair And Nails Supplement

If you have dry hair and weak nails this supplement is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It strengthens nails and gives you thicker, shinier hair. It also adds radiance to your complexion.

2. Advanced Hair, Skin And Nails Formula Dietary Supplement ($24.99, GNC)GNC Advanced Hair Skin And Nails Supplement

This biotin and antioxidant-rich dietary supplement tackles your mane, complexion and nails. It contains no artificial colors or ingredients and it is gluten and wheat-free.

3. Red Carpet Supplements ($25, Hum Nutrition)Hum Nutrition Red Carpet Supplements

You don’t have to be walking a red carpet to want shiny hair and glowing skin. These plant-based supplements use oil from black currant and sunflower seeds and vitamin E to get your hair and skin camera-ready.

4. Pure Skin Clarifying Daily Supplement ($43, Murad)Murad Skin Clarifying Supplement

If you are dealing with pesky breakouts, this supplement tackles them on an internal level by stopping pores from getting clogged and reducing toxins. Use it with your zit cream for a optimal effectiveness.

5. Hair Nutrition 2-In-1 Capsules ($20, Toppix)Toppix Hair Capsules

These gluten-free supplements are packed with keratin, biotin, vitamin E, amino acids and many more ingredients that work together to give you stronger, healthy locks.

6. Hair Growth Program Extra Strength Tablets ($39.99, Viviscal) Viviscal Hair Growth Supplement

You probably know the deal with Viviscal but it has become popular for a reason. The tablets contain the exclusive marine complex AminoMar which boosts hair growth.

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