A lot of people don’t believe in supplements; they either think that you can get everything you need to function properly from food, or that anything that hasn’t been prescribed by a doctor can’t possibly have tangible benefits.
Cosmopolitan magazine’s Features Director Amy Griers is a self-admitted supplement sceptic; she decided to give Lumity supplements a proper three month trial and to test the results by having her skin’s collagen levels measured and carefully scrutinised by a laboratory in London called Santi labs, which specialises in state-of-the-art skin analysis.
Here’s Amy’s story, which was published by Cosmopolitan’s UK edition
In the interests of fairness, and to make sure I actually took the things, my conversion to supplement scoffer started with a skin scan, which I then had every month for the three month trial. Everything from elasticity, to collagen levels, how hydrated my skin was and my TEWL level (it stands for Trans Epidermal Water Loss – basically the rate at which your skin loses moisture) were measured. My first results showed that my skin was dehydrated and the collagen levels on my right side weren’t great, probably the product of a latent tanning obsession.
This was a picture taken that day – the black dark areas are fat, and the red and yellow dots are collagen fibers. Basically, the more black areas there are, the more depleted your collagen.
There was work to be done. I embarked on my challenge immediately.
Lumity is made up of two sets of tablets: the mocha-coloured morning supplements (which contain a mix of Vitamins A, B, E and C, selenium (a known anti-ager), turmeric root extract and flaxseed oil (for healthy cell membranes), and the white evening ones, which with their mix of potent ingredients, are supposed to provide your skin with all the nutrients it needs to heal over and renew overnight. You take three of each, twice a day.
I’m so bad at remembering to take things, I had to set alarms for the first two weeks to remind myself, and leave the tablets next to my toothbrush so I was visually prompted each morning and evening. It worked, and eventually it became habit.
I’d been warned that the effects are cumulative so I wouldn’t notice much of a difference for the first month, but in my second month of taking them, the magic started to happen. Firstly, my spots disappeared. Even the ones that come up in the same place each month – gone. Second, my skin had more of a… glow about it. It was like I was walking around with a permanent layer of Touche Éclat on my face.
At this point in time as I said, gym-fever had properly set in, as I squatted, lifted and spun myself ready for a three-day hen-do in Ibiza. (The threat of daytime pool parties will do that to a girl). But by the end of this second month, my early morning HIIT sessions weren’t nearly as painful. One of the other welcome effects of these supplements, which even those not interested in anti-ageing should heed – is that it can improve energy levels. It’s also supposed to nix food cravings, but I can’t say I noticed that one bit – as the sheer volume of Quavers I ate in this period will attest to.
The final month of my experiment is where everything clicked into place. I never forgot a dose, could comfortably go to work without foundation and had skin that felt tighter, more toned and more even that I’d ever had before. In my final skin scan, my results showed the following:
Elasticity had improved by 4.8%
Hydration had increased by 22%
Collagen had improved by 10.3%
And TEWL changed by 5.17%
A picture is worth a thousand words, and by the end my scan had gone to this (above) to this:
Not bad for popping a few pills.
At 30 years old, I thought I was still too young to benefit from an anti-aging product, but it turns out I’m not. If you’re fed up of not knowing which cream or serum will really help your skin, I’d definitely advise trying to change it from the inside out. I’ve gone from supplement skeptic to a (relative) convert. Not all pills are created equal, but when it comes to this one, I’m sold.
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