Marie Claire (South Africa) - - HEALTH REPORT -

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.

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