Plump Up Hair, Skin and Nails For The Winter

Plump Up Hair, Skin and Nails For The Winter
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I have always had nice thick hair and pretty skin and nails (hopefully, I don’t sound too full of myself by saying that). But, it’s true. However, about 7 or 8 years ago the skin on my hands began getting extremely dry and would crack and bleed at times…always during the winter. Spring, summer and fall this did not happen. It has been pretty baffling to me what about winter seems to cause this to happen.

In any case, during the winter I have to be extremely vigilant about moisturizing the skin on my hands several times every day in order to try to combat what can become a very sensitive and painful experience. If left unmoisturized, I can count 100% on needing to be stocked up on antibiotic ointment and bandaids before winter hits. Even with consistent attention, sometimes my skin will crack and bleed. It hurts so bad and can affect daily activities such as applying makeup, combing my hair, buttoning jeans, preparing meals, writing, cleaning my home, driving my car, etc.

This year, winter isn’t even here yet and already I have had one episode during a recent cold snap in our weather pattern. I wasn’t prepared for this weather change and hadn’t begun the daily multiple moisturizing routine yet. I was excited to try these products to see if these supplement supports would alleviate the dryness and slight cracking of skin I was experiencing.

Neocell Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews in Fresh Mint Chocolate

NeoCell Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews are a dietary supplement designed to utilize Collagen Type 1 & 3 as a skin rebuilder, Hyaluronic Acid for skin hydration and Vitamin C as a collagen enhancer. Sounded like the perfect product to try to ward off the yearly skin irritation that I suffer from. It stated on the package that a serving size was two soft chews to be taken daily. With 60 soft chews in the bag, that’s one month’s worth.

I really liked the taste of these chews right away. I am a chocoholic, so the Fresh Mint Chocolate flavor appealed to me. I have been chewing two of these every morning for a little over two weeks. The mint taste does linger a bit afterward, though it is washed right away after a sip of water, I have found. They are soft and have a good smooth texture and are pretty chewy, similar to Starburst candies.

Though our weather bounced back into the 60s and 70s pretty soon after I started this regimen, I did notice that within a week I was noticing that the skin on my hands (and even my face) were looking a little clearer and healthier and the cracks that I had experienced during the cold weather the previous week was healing more quickly than it had in the past. While I’m not a medical professional and cannot say for sure that the supplements were the cause of the speedier healing, I feel as though they definitely helped.

NeoCell Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews were chosen “Best of Natural Beauty” by Better Nutrition Magazine and “Best Beauty Supplement” by Delicious Living Magazine in 2013. Products that win awards (or even special mentions in award categories) do tend to peak interest in the minds of consumers.

I have tried other soft chew beauty supplements and have not liked any of them as much as I liked these.

NeoCell PlatinumMatrix Collection Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator

NeoCell Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator is part of the PlatinumMatrix line of NeoCell products. With key ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid, Pine Bark Extract, Astaxanthin, Lutein and Coconut Water Powder, this product is designed to promote skin hydration from within. Glow Matrix claims that its supplement supports the skin’s lipid barrier which helps to lock in moisture and smooth the skin. Advertising anti-aging properties with visible results promised in as little as fifteen days when using the product, I was curious to see if two weeks was really long enough to see results.

NeoCell PlatinumMatrix Collection Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator

A serving is three capsules daily. I have noticed, after taking the product daily for a little over two weeks, a small change in the skin around my eyes primarily. I have noticed that as I age, the skin on my eyelids has become, while not wrinkled, at least a bit looser. For example, when applying eye creams the skin seems to sort of drag along with my finger and just seems less firm. After using Glow Matrix supplements (in conjunction with the Beauty Bursts Chews) I believe that this “dragging” effect seems a little less pronounced. I am interested enough to continue taking the supplements for a few months to see if more dramatic results can be observed.

As stated on the NeoCell website: “NeoCell has been developing and manufacturing all natural, premium anti-aging formulas for over 20 years and is the leading Collagen brand in the world. Our products are naturally based, not synthetic, and are designed to promote youthful health, beauty and total body wellness. We manufacture our own products using carefully sourced food-grade raw materials and our facility exceeds all GMP standards.We strive to continuously bring the best to our customers– products that we and our own families are proud to use, made with Nutrients You Can Trust®.”

For those who have particular dietary needs, both of the products discussed here are Gluten-free and neither contain soy, lactose, starch, yeast or artificial flavors. Additionally, the Beauty Burst Chews do also do not contain wheat or palm oil.

I am interested in hearing from readers who have tried these products in the past or who currently use them. What has been your experience with them?

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Disclaimer: I received the above pictured products free to facilitate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.


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About Wendy

SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

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