Online sites, chain stores, drug stores and salons all sell beauty supplements or cosmeceuticals as they are also called, that offer “beauty from within”. This is a growing trend according to reports. Hair skin and nail supplements are a $520 million market and were up 10% in the past year.
A society obsessed with youth and attractiveness, finds these cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals or nutricosmetics to be very alluring. But there is the question of actual efficacy of these products, and their safety as well.
Requiring no prescription, one wonders if these trendy seeming items are a good idea. On the one hand they can make sense particularly for those who are not getting sufficient nutrients through their diet.
Many of these products are celebrity endorsed and many are “doctor brands” that may offer legitimacy of a specious kind, tempting people to try them.
While supplements could offer results, it is important to sift through the marketing jargon to the real results and also pay attention to safety issues.
Are the possible benefits such that they counter weight the possible impact of long term use; are also questions that ought to be looked at. It is also important to understand if supplements that you take cause interference with medications that you may be taking.