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Wellness finds to live better, not perfectly

It’s hard not to be swayed by marketing that’s like, “this product will make you glow and perfect and ageless like an AI influencer that literally can’t age because they don’t have flesh! AND it tastes like a tangerine gummy bear!”

The supplement industry is famously scammy and oversaturated, and it’s hard to really know what’s legit in the absence of ingredient and product testing transparency. That’s why, after our editors reviewed a bunch of popular hyaluronic acid supplements, there was only one they could confidently recommend.

So first, what the heck is hyaluronic acid? I see the term thrown around a lot in the wellness space (have you also seen the Revitalift ad with Eva Longoria?), but if it was the final Jeopardy question, I wouldn’t bet much. It’s a “gooey, slippery substance” found naturally in our bodies, and almost half of it is in the skin. It’s hella viscous, meaning it's high in water content, so it gives skin that glowing, bouncy look. Thing is, as we get older, we start to see a decrease in the amount of hyaluronic acid in the top layer of our skin. By age 50, it’s halved, and the molecules themselves get smaller. That means your skin might get dryer, thinner, and wrinklier.

That isn’t unhealthy. A wrinkle won’t kill you. But the beauty industry, popular culture, influencers, Eva Longoria, etc. want to convince you otherwise. And, hey, if you want to maintain that glow a little longer, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. Enter, hyaluronic acid. It’s often utilized in injectables, topical creams and serums, and oral supplements.

We tested four top-rated supplements, and the only one we trust enough to recommend is Pure Encapsulations capsules. Aesthetically, it’s not what you’re expecting. It happens to have the blandest packaging and come in stapler-sized capsules rather than fruity little gummies. But it is, indeed, pure: It contains just hyaluronic acid, plant fiber, wrapped up in a vegetarian capsule. (And unlike some of its trendier competitors, it has not received complaints on the Better Business Bureau.)

Upon further thought, I am actually very into its antiseptic packaging and tasteless pill. It’s not trying to lure you in with maximalist labels and candy-like flavors. The Pure Encapsulations bottle is giving us nothing but rigorous third-party lab testing. It’s there should you be interested, and its ingredients are healthy-ish and easy to find. What you see is what you get, and the supplement industry could use more of that approach. Give us more normcore on the pharmacy shelf.

Melanie, editor at The Nessie

First Sightings 👀

Okay FICO, you’re up

Hydrating coconut coffee brand The SisterYard teamed up with Golde for a special little coconut collagen cold brew latte box (SisterYard, can you come to LA soon??)

Not sure I want to register my palm with Whole Foods

Tattoo care is skincare, and Foreverist has three products—Brightening Day Protection, Healing Cream, and Hydrating Cream—to meet the needs of those with ink

Plant-based bug bite relief from All Better Co. makes it a l’il easier to co-exist with the bugs

Nike is having an early Labor Day weekend sale, with lots of items up to 50% off, like these trail running shoes

I think about the Chillow a lot, especially these days, and this feels like a cool alternative

Canopy just dropped a collection of coastal scents for its humidifiers slash diffusers

TBD Health will mail an affordable morning after pill to your home, which is probably a welcomed alternative for folks living in cities where their pharmacist might judge them, or worse, deny them

Gen-Z skincare brand Bubble just dropped an acne treating serum (that a lotta influencers are promoting)

Be one of our scouts! 👀 Did you spot a cool new (to the world or just to you!) wellness product out in the world? (Or, more likely, on Instagram or TikTok…) SEND US YOUR TIP! Just hit reply.

In the wild 🌾

Why you should place your barbell on “that meat cushion you created” while doing squats

Fruits have cult followings, too

Taking a cheese bath in the Swiss Alps

Podiatrists are seeing more injuries related to high heels now that people are returning to offices (and dress code expectations)

An interview with a physical education teacher

Beauty brands are being real

A profile on “the content creator next-door” who has racked up likes and followers (and parasocial relationships) with her unfiltered mental health posts

In her newsletter Making It Work, Youngna Park reminds us that the energy we expend physically navigating the day-to-day can be as impactful and healthy as dedicated workout time

Raise your hand if your company has a Chief Wellness Officer

A deal! 💸

An athlete using a massage gun on his leg

In our last issue, we recommended a bunch of massage guns we like, including the $229.99 Ekrin B37. It has six attachments and is loved for its lifetime warranty and customer care services. Ekrin Athletics has a handful of percussive therapy devices, and our readers can now get 20% off their purchase with the code NESS20.

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