Beauty Box: Shampoos and Soaps with Vitamins – Hype or Truth?

Beauty Box w/ ShampooIt seems like almost every soap and shampoo made today has vitamins added to them.  But are they really going to give you the beautiful, healthy hair and skin that the ads promise?  They may help a little but not as much as you think!

Though it is true that your skin and hair absorb some of the ingredients in these products, it is also true that there is no way of knowing how much of the vitamins your body will actually get from them. There is also no way of knowing if the amounts they contain are going to help your hair and skin be healthier.

What we do know is that it takes more than shampoos and soaps to give your body enough of the vitamins your hair and skin need.  We also know that to have healthy skin and hair, your diet and multi-vitamins need to give you enough vitamin B 9 (folic acid) in combination with B5, B6, B12 and other B vitamins.  This helps your body to make enough new cells for skin and hair growth.

Without these vitamins and the others that come in a multivitamin, your hair can grow slowly, fall out and be weak. Your nails can also become weak and may break. You may get skin problems including acne.

All of this means that no matter what kind of product you use, you need to be healthy on the inside to look good on the outside! And that comes from what you put into your mouth, not on your skin and hair.

Barbara Kass, NP
Go Folic! Medical Consultant

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