When we think of beauty products, skincare immediately comes to mind. Although moisturisers, serums and SPF are undoubtedly crucial to an effective beauty routine, nothing compensates for a good night’s sleep. When I’ve slept well it makes a massive difference to my skin: it’s plumper, more even-toned and fine lines seem less noticeable. However, sometimes that goal of eight hours shut-eye eludes me – not always because I’m burning the candle at both ends; occasionally I wake in the night and struggle to drop off again. When I don’t sleep enough or have a disturbed night it really shows.
When Lumity sent me some Restful Nights Booster softgels to try I was interested to see if they would make a difference. I used to take various supplements, but when I became vegan almost four years ago, most of them were no longer suitable. Obviously cod liver oil is non-vegan, but also, most capsules contain gelatine – a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones of pigs and cows with water. Gross. There is a product called “agar agar” which is derived from a type of seaweed that is sometimes marketed as “gelatine,” but it is vegan. These softgels are vegan and are not tested on animals.
Full list of ingredients: Pumpkin seed oil, Modified Tapioca Starch, Magnesium Oxide, Sunflower oil, Glycerin, Turmeric Root Extract, Holy Basil Leaf Extract, Purified Water, Manganese Glycinate, Sunflower Lecithin, Rice Bran Wax, Colour (Annatto), Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol).
Firstly, these softgels are so easy to swallow. If you’re anything like me and hate taking tablets these are a revelation! They’re not the smallest of supplements, but they don’t stick or catch in your throat at all. The softgels are designed to support the body’s existing functions at a cellular level, in sync with natural circadian rhythms.
So, did I notice a difference? Well, I did notice that I was waking in the night less. I also woke up remembering dreams more often, which I think means that I was sleeping more deeply for longer. When I stopped I tended to take longer to get to sleep and wake more frequently. I do think that my skin improved a little too, looking more hydrated, fresher and plumper.
The only downside is the cost – £37 for a packet of 28. That’s quite expensive for a month’s supply of supplements. If they were significantly cheaper I would definitely make them a regular part of my health and beauty routine. It works out cheaper to buy a three month supply for £90 (saving £21), but even that is beyond my budget. However, if you want to invest in your health and skin, and your budget stretches that far, these supplements are definitely worth considering.
I’ve previously reviewed Lumity’s 4-in1 Cleanse and Skin Nutrients Facial Oil.
Disclaimer: I was gifted the supplements in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own and completely honest.