Tried & tested: Health and wellbeing

Beauty doesn't always mean having perfect hair and makeup – sometimes it's about improving your overall health too. In fact, here at BD, we are huge believers that you're only as radiant as how you treat yourself and your body.

This month, we have trialled some of the best products to keep your health in tip top condition.

Oral-B Genius 9000 White - Caitlin
What it is: An electric toothbrush that helps provide up to 100 percent plaque removal versus a regular manual brush.
My experience: I was extremely excited to be given this to trial. Having used many other electric toothbrushes, this is certainly in a league of its own.The toothbrush is designed with Position Detection Technology that could track where I was brushing and ensured that I didn't miss a tooth! I loved the professional timer as it ensured I brushed for the correct amount of time as I know I do not typically do that. It has a very sleek design that sits on my bathroom vanity nicely with an easy charger and travel case that can charge my toothbrush when I am on the go! I enjoyed trialing the six modes of brushing: Pro Clean, Daily Clean, Sensitive, Tongue Cleaning, Whitening and Gum Care, however I personally love going between the Daily Clean and Pro Clean.

The Body Shop Cactus Brush - Deborah
What it is: A long-handled wooden brush with soft cactus bristles to massage and exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation on hard-to-reach areas like the back.
My experience: I love all things exfoliation, so I was really excited to try this cactus brush. I used it with a milk body wash, and worked in circular motions from the hands and feet towards the body. The long handle makes it very easy to get that hard to reach spot in the middle of my back. This brush made for a really relaxing shower, and left my skin well exfoliated and super soft for post-shower moisturising.

Absolute Essential Baby & Child Sleep Essentials - Tamara
What it is: A trio of natural oils that support clear breathing, restful sleep and tummy care for baby and child.
My experience: As someone who loves candle scents and oils in the home, I don’t know why I hadn’t tried oils for my children earlier! This little gift boxed trio from Absolute Essential is fantastic and best of all; the oils are certified organic and vegan and even come in a little gift box that has been traditionally crafted from eco friendly bark under a ‘trade not aid’ agreement that supports a small village in Nepal. I have a three year old daughter who is a terrible sleeper, mainly due to her asthma and breathing issues. I used the ‘Twinkle Star’ and ‘Chamomile Roman’ oils in a diffuser at bedtime for a few days and could not believe it when she nodded off far quicker than normal and woke less, plus her room smelt amazing so we will definitely be continuing to use these. The Twinkle Star was the stand out for me because the lavender and eucalyptus it contains helped encourage deep sleep as well as aiding her breathing and any congestion. The ‘Baby Care Nose & Chest’ oil seems to have similar ingredients to help with breathing and congestion but smells a lot stronger so would be perfect for when my little one isn’t well and needs a helping hand.

Raww Relax Me Roller Ball - Rhianna
What it is: A pulse point roller ball designed to relax and release stress.
My experience: The Raww Zen Time Aroma Ball is infused with superfoods, contains natural ingredients, is vegan friendly and is made from 100% pure essential oils. This pulse point roller ball is the perfect product to help de-stress and relax the mind after a long day. It’s as easy as rolling the product onto your pulse points before preparing for bed. The combination of the sweet and woody tones of resin, wood, citrus, cedarwood, myrrh, patchouli and orange deliver a truly relaxing and earthy aroma that both calms and grounds your mind. I have been using this product each night and I have found it helps me unwind after a long day and assists me in having a better night sleep. I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a little assistance in chilling out, unwinding and relaxing before bed-time, or throughout the day. 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+ Facial Sunscreen - Rachel
What it is: A facial sunscreen that provides a very high UVA/UVB protection for the face, with broad spectrum SPF 50+ featuring a lightweight, invisible texture.
My experience: This sunscreen is a true staple and one I keep coming back to. Sun protection is super important and a step in my routine I never miss – I love that this is broad spectrum SPF 50+ with very high UVA/UVB protection! Also, from someone who wears makeup almost every day, the lightweight formula of this sunscreen is perfect. It is completely invisible and doesn’t leave a white cast or greasy residue at all. It blends right into the skin and actually feels hydrating. The non-comedogenic formula is also great for my sensitive skin and has never caused any type of irritation or break out. I cannot fault this product!

Arbonne Essentials Digestion Plus - Eleni
What it is: 30 stick packs x 3g packs that contain essential good gut probiotics and botanicals.
My experience: This Digestion Plus has helped me feel less bloated and eased some of the uncomfortability I was experiencing as a side effect of being on antibiotics. I am actually so grateful to have been introduced to this. It is so easy and convenient to make and take. I kept this box on my work desk and knew that way I would be consistent with including these in my day. The sachet is so tiny, you could chuck a few in the handbag, some next to your bedside table, literally anywhere and whatever works best for you! I have just been sick and this actually came at the perfect time as I need to introduce good bacteria back into my stomach after antibiotics. I have found it to have a very slight chamomile flavour, but it is nothing obvious and super easy to drink. This mild powder contains ingredients such as ginger, bacillus coagulans, chamomile flower extract and chicory root powder along with three billion CFU of probiotics and enzymes to help support a functioning digestive system. I will continue to use these dietary supplement powders daily as I love the ease and effects it has had so far.

Qsilica Pro Collagen One-a-Day Capsules - Issy
What it is: Supplements that assist with skin hydration and appearance.
My experience: The older I get, the more I notice the signs of my skin ageing, particularly fine lines and wrinkles. Adding one supplement of the Qsilica collagen tablet is a friendly way to promote collagen production. The tablets are vegan containing a combination of wheat ceramides, vitamin C and mineral silica, all helping to improve the skin’s function. These tablets are small in size, easy to consume daily, and are gentle on my tummy, being a healthy and preventative option to reduce the signs of premature skin ageing. 

Nature’s Way Beauty Collagen Mature Skin Tablets - Karen
What it is: Collagen tablets specifically formulated for more mature skin with twice the collagen of Nature's Way's original Beauty Collagen Tablets.
My experience: Given my age, I figured now is the time to start taking Collagen tablets. They were fairly easy to swallow and I took the recommended four tablets daily across two weeks. These tablets helped promote collagen formation and they have been formulated with twice the collagen amount as their original tablets. The other key ingredients are vitamin A, resveratrol and vitamin C, which help to enhance my skin’s health, and improve my skin's elasticity and firmness. I have started to see a slight difference already and can't wait to make this part of my beauty routine.

Natio Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser - Tiarne
What it is: An oil diffuser with advanced ultrasonic technology that disperses the pure essential oil molecules into the air without using heat.
My experience: I am an avid user of essential oil diffusers, so I was very excited to give this one a whirl. Even though it is reasonably small, it is still mighty powerful! It works extremely well, lasting up to four hours with only one water fill. I’ve owned larger diffusers that didn’t even make it that far! It’s so easy to use and doesn’t waste any time filling up the room with your chosen essential oil – it works super fast with just the flick of a switch. I also love the light options – you can program it to change colours while it’s diffusing, but you can also not use them at all or just use one specific colour. Thanks to a combination of all of this, I have felt much more relaxed at the end of a long, tough day. I love using it to unwind while I lay in bed getting ready for sleep. Thank you Natio – I definitely see myself continuing to use this!