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Halo Beauty Kiwi Seed Booster – How is it different? A pharmacist’s opinion

Whether you are a fan of vitamins or not, Halo Beauty’s new release sheds light on their care for the consumer’s opinion. It also shows that Tati, aka GlamLifeGuru, was considerate of the criticism received after releasing the first product, the Hair, Skin and Nails Booster.

 

After many messages from fans worrying about the potential side effects of Saw Palmetto, Tati stated in her video that when doing her ‘gut check’, she felt that she had to release a second product without the ‘hot button’ ingredients that sparked lots of discussion during the previous release.

 

 

Talking to a professional 

 

In my previous blog post about Halo Beauty, a professional discussed about the possible side effects of Saw Palmetto and Pumpkin Seeds, stating how in her opinion it would have been better if the ingredients that can potentially do harm to some were left out in another pill, an additional one, which the consumers that desire the full effect can decide if to take or not. Seems that Tati did exactly this with this new product, leaving out the problematic ingredients, including Biotin, which can cause inconveniences to some users.

      In order to analyse and answer some questions about the new product, I invited Liliana again to help with reviewing this product from a professional’s perspective. Liliana has been a pharmacist for twenty-five years and is currently running her own chain of pharmacies.

 

 

 

Additional observations to the ingredients 

 

Besides the standard description of the ingredients that Halo Beauty provides, Liliana added some aspects to some of them:

Vitamin D3(Vegan from Lichen) – it is also an antidepressant. Do not use if you have problems with the metabolization of calcium and if you have a predisposition to kidney stones.

Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine) – on Halo Beauty’s official website, the description of Vitamins B has been copy-pasted from the Hair, Skin and Nails Booster, because it mentions their efficacy when taken together with Biotin, ingredient which is absent from the new Kiwi Seed Skin Booster.

Vitamins B2 (as Riboflavin) – see above

Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine) – see above

Zinc (as zinc methionine)

Rosehip Powder Extract (4:1)

Bromelain extract – A hidden property of bromelain extract is that it helps accelerating the metabolism, which means that it helps you to lose weight. It is often used in weight loss pills.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) – Also recommended to be taken together with Vitamin C in pharmacies, because of their efficiency together (present in this product in the Rosehip Powder Extract). As an interesting fact, it is also recommended in the pharmacies for strengthening ligaments, not for beauty!

Embilca Officianalis (Amla) 45% Tannins

Grape Seed Extract

Quercetin

Ceramide-Rx®(Gluten-free Phytoceramides) – Prevents excessive water loss from evaporation from the skin layer. The most common type of ceramides used in skincare is Ceramide 3, derived from the fermentation of soy beans. Tati chose ceramides derived from rice, making this product soy-free, which might be unique on the market for providing the consumers an allergen-free type of ceramides. It could also help with dermatitis and wrinkles, however, one should keep in mind that the dosage of the Ceramides could or could not be enough in order to be effective.

Kiwi-Rx™

Astaxanthin

Microcrystalline cellulose – Makes the outside material of the pill.

Vegetable magnesium sterate – Helps the powder ingredients in order to be encapsulated easier.

Silicon dioxide – Another excipient that makes the powder ingredients more manageable.

 

 

Questions about dosages, optimum time of usage and acne fighting ingredients

 

What do you think of the transparency of the ingredients? How well are they put together? Does the product have useless additives?

Liliana: This is a very good question but unfortunately it depends a lot on the production of the ingredients which need a quality certification, which means that someone qualified approves of their purity and non-contamination. Compared to other products, there aren’t many additives at all. In balance with the active ingredients which are fourteen, there are only four additives. A question that comes into my mind is: how stable are the ingredients once mixed together in the vegetable capsules? Also, what is the expiry date of the capsules and how was it determined?

 

Some people are worried about Vitamin D3 having a very high dosage (1000 IU) for daily use. Is this true?

Liliana: In pharmacies there are products with 2000 IU or 4000 IU of Vitamin D3, which leaves Tati’s product with a moderate quantity that does well to the body for a short period of time.

 

Can you take Hair, Skin and Nails Booster together with the Kiwi Skin Booster?

Liliana: No, I would highly advice that you do not take Hair, Skin and Nails Booster together with the Kiwi Skin Booster. An argument for this is to avoid a possible overdose.

 

How long can you take this supplement for?

Liliana: It should only be taken for a limited period of time. My opinion is that it should be taken in only two or three courses of treatment per year. A course of treatment should only be around one-month long. It is important to take a break from supplements, and to leave your body to reinitiate its normal course after a while.

These vitamins act as co-enzymes which make the bio-chemical reactions favorable, so they need to be limited, you cannot force them onto your body in such high doses forever, because it would create an imbalance.  But of course, these courses of treatments should be optimised on your own specific needs, so consult your physician beforehand.

 

How is this supplement best to be taken?

Liliana: You should always take it after having your meal, not only for a better absorption but also for protecting your stomach from inconveniences. Also, Vitamin D is fat-soluble, which means it is soluble in oil, so make sure to include oil in your meal to be extra safe that your supplement is absorbed properly.

 

Does this product have the potential to influence hormones as well?

Liliana: There are some studies that state that vitamin D3 influences hormones. For specific quantities and research on this topic, you can check here or here. However, with Tati’s product, there isn’t a supra-dosage of vitamin D3 (only 1000 IU), so it should be okay – as long as you take this product for a limited period of time and do not prolong it forever.

 

Are there any scientific studies about kiwi seeds?

Liliana: I am not aware on how many of these ingredients research has been done, nor if any clinical studies have been effectuated.

[You can check this research on the benefits of Kiwi, or this article. The references at the bottom also provide other sources for research studies about the benefits of kiwi.]

 

Can it really help acne?

Liliana: Maybe Zinc or vitamin D3 can help, but if you are suffering from hormonal acne, be careful with vitamin D3 and its potential of influencing estrogen levels. Maybe the collagen production can help with the regeneration of skin (so it would help with scars) and the reduction of inflammation may also be possible, but in my opinion these ingredients, from a scientifically point of view, cannot cure acne. Maybe temporary, easy acne (juvenile acne), but not chronic acne. It is debatable, unless specific scientific studies have been released. However, from my professional experience, these ingredients do not have the potential to cure or treat severe acne.

 

What about its claim of regulating over-production of sebum?

Liliana: There is this source online that shows that according to some clinical trials, oral intake of kiwi seed extract reduces the production of sebum (see pages six and seven). Over-production of sebum is usually linked to acne but is not necessarily applicable in all cases. However, these clinical trials have been performed by a cosmetic company, so I would suggest researching more than one source.

 

What is the optimal age for the Kiwi Seed Skin Booster?

Liliana: I would say it is suitable for people aged twenty and more, which means Tati enlarged the targeted audience for this compared to the Hair, Skin & Nails Booster.

 

 

Hair, Skin & Nails Booster Versus Kiwi Seed Booster

 

 

How do you perceive this new supplement compared to the first one?

Liliana: It is simpler than the first one, and therefore, by having fewer interactions between ingredients, it might help with reaching its goal faster. The new Kiwi Seed Skin Booster avoids the potential side effects of Saw Palmetto, Pumpkin Seed and Biotin, ingredients which could be beneficial for some, but damaging for others. It seems like a more balanced product, produced and enhanced in response to the first one.

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As I stated at the beginning, whether you are a fan of taking vitamins or not, I appreciate the fact that Tati released a new product that avoids the possible side effects of the first, which according to a professional’s opinion, was targeted more to people over forty. The new supplement is more inclusive, in the sense that it has no Biotin, no Saw Palmetto or Pumpkin Seed. It is admirable that she completed thus the first released supplement without stepping forward to another type of product just yet, and thus, was able to present to the public two different products that suit different needs. As before, I wish the best of luck to Tati, and I cannot wait to see what comes next in the Halo Beauty family.

 

 

 

 

Read Liliana’s thoughts on the new Hers & His Daily Multivitamins

 

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This article is for informational purposes only. Please consult your physician or pharmacist before taking any supplements, because they can interact with other medication that you take or with illnesses.

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