Nutraceuticals and skin appearance: Is there any evidence to support the claims?

Posted 15 February 2018

“The rise of the nutraceutical market, specifically oral nutrition supplements claiming to improve skin appearance, is striking. This paper aims to examine the published scientific evidence for beneficial effects of nutraceuticals on skin appearance. An overview of skin physiology and intrinsic and extrinsic ageing is provided which underlies the potential physiological processes nutraceuticals purport to counter”.

“Current evidence for those without existing authorised claims (e.g. green tea extract, pomegranate extract, carotenoids, evening primrose oil, borage oil, fish oil, collagen and co-enzyme Q10) is reviewed, focussing primarily on evidence from randomised controlled trials where available, in relation to skin parameters including wrinkles and hydration”. 

“To date, the evidence for many ingredients in relation to skin appearance is limited, not sufficiently robust and/or inconsistent. Although there are a small number of human studies suggesting a potential benefit and some plausible biological mechanisms, much of the evidence Read the rest

L’Occitane cream scam

Posted 24 May 2015

loccitane20th March 2015″The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 10,620 refund checks totaling more than $416,000 starting today to consumers who lost money buying two skin creams marketed by L’Occitane, Inc., which falsely claimed the creams had “body slimming” capabilities.”

“The amount each consumer receives will vary based on how much of the product they bought.”

[note note_color=”#faf8c2″]These products are sold in South Africa

What type of ethics do the South African agents of this company subscribe to if two months after the FTC media release, the deceitful claims continue to be made for the product sold in South Africa?

“L’OCCITANE has captured the firming properties of almond with this formula, concentrated in powerful natural active ingredients. Our fresh gel includes a network of almond proteins, combined with a tightening almond extract and silicium derivative, which support the skin’s surface to sculpt and tone. This patented complex … Read the rest

Weight-Loss Companies Charged With Fraud

Posted  09 January 2014

On Tuesday, the USA Federal Trade Commission charged four companies with deceptively marketing weight-loss products, asserting they made “unfounded promises” that consumers could shed pounds simply by using their food additives, skin creams and other dietary supplements. 

One of the companies targeted by the Federal Trade Commission, L’Occitane, have retail outlets in South Africa.

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