I’ve been supplement obsessed since I was a child, bewitched by the idea that a cleverly engineered pill was all I required to transform some element of my wellbeing. And while I’ve subsequently discovered that supplements aren’t quite the miracle cure I’d once believed them to be, they do continue to play an important role in my overall approach to health and beauty - after all, beauty is largely an inside out affair. Here, some of the supplements I’ve been relying on lately to look and feel my best, and that I strongly suggest you also consider adding to your supplement lineup.

For Optimal Mental Clarity: Healthy Care Brain Booster Ginkgo Biloba

If good focus and mental clarity are what is needed to get that promotion at work, or that high distinction at university, then you could argue you’ve actually got a vested interest in investing in your brain health. A good brain-boosting supplement like Healthy Care’s Brain Booster is an excellent place to start: its formula offers ginkgo biloba and adaptogens ashwaganda and rhodiola rosea, which are feted for helping to support cognitive function.

For Major Antioxidant Protection: Vida Glow Anti-G-Ox

Antioxidants might already form a vital part of your topical skincare routine, but it’s a good idea to boost your body’s protection to free radical damage internally by taking a high-quality ingestible antioxidant. Vida Glow’s Anti-G-Ox is packed with a suite of potent antioxidants, from all-rounders zinc and vitamin C, to superfood wunderkind Kakadu plum, to keep your skin fortified from the inside out.

For Calmness and Sleep: Blackmores Relax Magnesium Powder

Magnesium could fairly be dubbed the Swiss Army knife of the supplement world: one important vitamin that’s useful for tending to a broad spectrum of ills. It helps improve sleep quality by relaxing the mind and body (it’s also useful post-workout to combat DOMS), and increase regularity, as well as help a myriad of cellular processes throughout the body. If it’s your sleep you’re targeting, Blackmore’s Relax Magnesium is excellent: it contains magnesium citrate, a more effective and more easily absorbed variety than the magnesium oxide offered by other formulas, and its subtle berry taste makes for a lovely pre-bed tonic.

For Hair To Rival Rapunzel’s: JSHealth Hair + Energy

My interest in the JSHealth Hair + Energy tablets, part of the supplement line from nutritionist and wellness advocate Jessica Sepel, was first piqued by the almost unbelievable before and after comparisons that had peppered my Instagram feed for months. And while my results weren’t quite so spectacular as those I’d spied online (likely because my hair was already in pretty good condition), I’ve definitely noticed that it’s grown a lot more quickly in the time I’ve been taking them daily. This I credit to the hefty dose of zinc and kelp-derived iodine, which, as well as being necessary for healthy thyroid functioning, aids with creating thick and strong hair.

For Major Event Prep: WelleCo Superboosters

If you’re looking to ramp things up in the beautifying stakes ahead of a big event, WelleCo’s The Super Booster Aquatic Collagen Skin + Hair + Nails would be a good pick. They’re pretty pricey for the quantity you get but that said, in hindsight, I would have slotted this pack of 14 sachets into my supplement lineup in the fortnight before my wedding for a last-minute beauty boost. They’re portable (i.e. great for travel) and also fabulous for complementing your existing routine: simply whisk one into the beauty powders you already take for an instantaneous upgrade.

For Repairing Cellular Damage: Tru Niagen

While the last time you read about mitochondria might have been in year 10 biology class, these ‘powerhouses of the cell’ (as they’re often nicknamed) deserve as much attention as your hair or skin, if not more. Tru Niagen provides a precursor to NAD+, a coenzyme that’s currently getting a lot of attention in biohacking circles as this molecule (which is present in every cell in our body) plays an indispensable role in our cellular health, and may even help boost longevity. If you’re interested in improving your wellbeing on a cellular level, I’d recommend you take a look.

Story by Tess de Vivie de Régie

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