Social media advertisements for new diet and supplement fads pop up every day. A cultural obsession with health and beauty products has likely left your Instagram feed covered in 60-second videos of social influencers raving about the next greatest thing. While you may be tempted to follow that purchase link for a brand new supplement sure to curb your carb cravings, here are a few tips to consider before spending your money.
The first thing you want to look for in any new beauty product is quality. Take a moment to search the brand to make sure they have a good reputation in the supplement industry. If you can’t find information on where they source their ingredients or any type of excepted quantity testing regulations they follow, you might have a good reason to hesitate, especially if the supplement is based in another country that might not have the same kinds of regulations.
Insta-followers have a reputation for taking the word of the stars they follow, but you’ve got to remember that some reviewers are compensated for telling you to go out and buy the newest product. Take a look at the product on Amazon or other outlets where the supplement is sold, and read some of the lower reviews to see what might possibly be wrong with the product. Keep in mind, there’s a very big difference between someone lowballing a review because their ex-boyfriend’s new girl uses the product, and giving a one-star review because the supplement sent them to the E.R. While it’s important to be fair and unbiased, taking a look at what others say about the supplement product can give you a better idea of what to expect.
Overall, if you really can’t decide whether a new diet supplement is right for you, you can always ask a trusted medical provider. Reading customer reviews as well as researching the quality of the company is especially important for supplemental products that you eat or drink. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.