Yes, 'beauty pills' for the skin can work: Nourella

Nourella: a cream-and-pills combo to treat skin from the outside and the inside

Nourella: a cream-and-pills combo to treat skin from the outside and the inside

Having taken this supplement for four months earlier this year, I can tell you: yes, it works. Skin pills, or beauty supplements, are a huge buzz in the beauty industry just now. Whereas 10 years ago there was just Imedeen and Vitabiotics’ Perfectil and the occasional oddity like ‘collagen marshmallows’ which were briefly stocked at Harvey Nichols, now there are dozens and dozens of ‘nutriceutical’ pills and drinks available that claim to improve the skin.

 

How does Nourella work?

Nourella is a pill-and-cream combination so it works on skin from the inside as well as the outside. The pills (the dose is two a day) are based around an ingredient called Vercilex which provides the building blocks for the skin to produce more of its own collagen and elastin. Collagen is the protein that provides the scaffolding for the skin and elastin, another protein, is what gives spring and bounce to the skin. The older we get, the less we make of these, hence the need for supplementation,

The key ingredient in the cream is RetileX-A, which is derived from vitamin A. It is stronger than retinol (which is also derived from vitamin A and available in  over-the-counter creams) but gentle enough that it can be used twice a day without irritating the skin. 

 

What is it like to use?

Very easy. I tried this regime for four months and soon got quite attached to the cream. I started cautiously with it because I find that even low-dose retinol tends to irritate my skin, but found it didn’t make my skin peel/ get dry/ turn pink, even when used twice a day. It was strange to abandon serums, eye creams et al, but it made things very simple. It’s lightweight so it sinks in well and behaved itself when I put sunscreen and make-up over the top.

 

The results?

What the ultrasound scan showed after four months of using Nourella

What the ultrasound scan showed after four months of using Nourella

A definite improvement. I had my skin measured by a machine that used ultrasound to gauge the density of the collagen in the skin and after four months, there was a visible improvement. Denser collagen means firmer skin. It wasn’t a change that I noticed when looking in the mirror, but my skin certainly looked good and behaved  well, with fewer break-outs than usual.

 

Any real evidence that this stuff works?

Yes absolutely. A clinical study done on Nourella shows how, by improving collagen levels and hydration in the skin, it can make skin appear up to 20 years younger. This was a proper randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study which carries more weight than the sort of research that asks a group of women who have been given the product to try ‘Do you feel product x has made any improvement in your skin?’ Even more impressively, the study was published in a peer-reviewed journal (the Journal of Applied Cosmetology) showing how it can make skin appear up to 20 years younger).

And it costs…

£80 a month. Well, £39.95 for the cream, and £39.95 for the box of pills. It’s a lot - but on the other hand, it does work. There's more information on the company website, nourella.com