A few months ago, I mused on whether dietary supplements focused on anti-aging/beauty were actually effective. While beauty supplements are not new, they seem to be getting a lot of buzz lately and making greater promises than ever. You’ve most likely heard of Resveratrol, which is touted in everything from skin serums to lipstick. Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red wine that appears to reactivate enzymes in our bodies that increase DNA repair and improve metabolism and fat burning. These enzymes become less active as you age. Another such supplement is TA-65, a branded supplement by a company called T.A. Sciences. T.A. Sciences extracted a single molecule from the ancient Chinese herb, Astragalus and purified it. TA-65 is said to lengthen cell life, thus helping to turn back the hands of time. Beyond these supplements, there are also hair supplements, like Viviscal, that claim to help reverse the natural thinning of hair that is caused by aging.
Despite my initial skepticism about whether dietary supplements can deliver results comparable to that of a topical or prescription treatment, I decided to try Caudalie’s Vinexpert Dietary Supplements. The supplements contain grapeseed oil, virgin borage and evening primrose oils, and grape extract (containing grapeseed polyphenols and Resveratrol) to hydrate and firm skin, minimize the appearance of wrinkles and protect from free radicals.
After taking the supplements twice a day for six weeks, I noticed that my skin was markedly more hydrated. I typically have dry patches on my chin and around the base of my nose and they disappeared. I didn’t really have many wrinkles or fine lines to start with, but did notice that the overall texture of my skin looked smoother and more vibrant. Perhaps, the greatest benefit was that I felt amazing. I had an abundance of energy, felt my mood was improved and had great mental clarity. Maybe it was the placebo effect or the fact that I liked what I saw in the mirror so much – it made me feel warm and happy inside? The only downside was adding two additional pills a day to the handful of supplements that I already take (multivitamin, Omega 3, Calcium, etc.).
I definitely experienced some positive results from taking the supplement and will take it again in the future. I always recommend a multi-step anti-aging skincare routine including cleanser, treatment serum, moisturizer and sunscreen. A dietary supplement can be a good extra weapon in your anti-aging arsenal.