Wellness Supplements Find Their Way To the Beauty Aisle

Beauty brands add mood, sleep supplements to their roster of skincare and makeup

As the makeup and beauty segment becomes more competitive, beauty brands have been looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. One way has been to add supplements to their skincare lines. Everyone from Perricone to Pacifica has come out with a variety of powders, gummies and drops designed to boost collagen, strengthen hair or improve your mood.

Some products like Serovital, have been in stores for years but mood and sleep enhancers seem to be the newest kids on the block. I tried the above product by Pacifica, Dreamy Life Beauty Drops. It contains an ingredient called 5TP which (according to WebMD)  is supposed to boost your serotonin levels. However, this product only contains about half of the suggested daily value and I don’t think I ever consistently took enough to notice a difference.

One thing you will notice about all of these products is that the label usually contains the phrase: “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” The FDA prohibits manufacturers from making any claim they can’t back up and will take action against any that do. You can read more about their regulation at the FDA website.

So are these supplements worth it? It depends on your expectations. Some work and some may have more of a placebo effect. If you want to try one of the more expensive products, look for a trial size so you don’t spend big bucks on something you may not like or buy a less expensive version from a drug or big box store.

An hgh Booster at Trader Joe’s?

It’s the new year which means all of us are back on diets and trying to make things happen. I know I will be going back to my Hgh booster/BCAA supplement for that extra boost. I have been using a combination of SeroVital, Ageless Foundation Ultra Max Gold Powder and Optimum Nutrition AminoEnergy for several years. Serovital works the best but is pricey at $90 a month. The others range between $35 to $50 a month. Last month I saw a new product at Trader Joe’s called Collagen Hydrolysate by Great Lakes Gelatin, so I picked one up.

Collagen Hydrolysate by Great Lakes Gelatin

This product has a similar formulation of amino acids that the other products have, plus collagen! Trader Joe’s sells a 15 day supply for $15. You can go direct to the company and get anywhere from a 30 day to six month supply starting at $23.99 (plus free shipping).

Now, the bad. This comes in a powder form, but it’s very thick. After some trial and error, I found it dissolves best in hot water. If you try to put in a warm or cool water, it doesn’t dissolve and you end up with thick gloppy remnants in the bottom of your bottle. I think it would work blended in a smoothie, I am just not a smoothie person. I still noticed similar results compared to the other booster supplements I use, but for now I am sticking with the Ultra Max Gold. It sells for $59.99 on the company’s website, but I have got it for around $35 at sites like(I may get a commission from these links) AllStarHealth.com and Amazon.com. If you want it right away, try visiting your local The Vitamin Shoppe, it seems like they always have it in stock.