NUTRICOSMETICS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Lynette Saltzman, pharmacist and co-founder of Dis-Chem, weighs in on the trend
How popular are nutricosmetics here? I expect that it will still take time for consumers to embrace the idea. There is already empirical and clinical data to support that antioxidants and herbal extracts make a difference to your internal cellular system. I think where the challenge comes is understanding to what degree. It will be up to the companies that make nutricosmetics to be realistic with consumers as to the results the products can yield.
Do you believe in their efficacy?
It is dif cult to assess the effects as the customer is usually using topical products as well as taking supplements. It does appear, though, that when both topical and internal products are used, the effects are better with the two acting in synergy. You also have to consider the general nutrition of the person.
Which products are available at DisChem?
Various ranges of nutricosmetics, such as BioNike, Biogen, Nutriwomen, Clarins and Solal.