Today I’m thrilled to share another product test & recommended brand. For those with deficiencies, those unable to get a varied diet for whatever reason or who have problems with absorption, supplements can be a hugely important part of your healthcare regime. Today I’m taking a look at the BetterYou range, and in particular the magnesium oil I’ve recently been trying.
About Better You
BetterYou provides British made, cruelty-free, effective health supplements that are supported by science and backed by thorough testing standards.
They have won a variety of awards, from the Best Sleep Brand in the family Awards 2017, to the Natural Lifestyle winner in the Best Sports category 2015.
BetterYou focus on bridging the gap between a healthy diet and lifestyle, and your health needs. For those with problems with absorption or getting a varied diet for whatever reason, supplements can become incredibly useful. They’re also great for those without chronic illness to top up levels on a daily basis or just as-and-when they’re needed.
The brand provides products that are 100% lovingly natural and, where possible, suitable for diabetics, those with coeliac disease, vegans and vegetarians.
Working alongside institutions, BetterYou is heavily involved in research to ensure they’re at the forefront of the latest developments and initiatives so that their products can fill consumer needs and the most effective, the safest and the best quality they possibly can be.
You can find out more on the BetterYou website.
They have a range of supplements, including : Turmeric, multivitamins, Vitamin D, Iron, Vitamin B12, Magnesium and Vitamin K. Product target a variety of health needs, from general wellbeing, sleep and relaxation, to muscle health, sports-related needs, energy and pregnancy.
Supplement types also come in numerous forms, such as with oral vitamin sprays, magnesium flakes, gels and lotions. This means you can choose an alternative to standard tablet-form supplements that suit your needs.
What I’ve Tried
I was kindly sent the BetterYou Magnesium Oil to test & then give my honest opinion of. Magnesium is a hugely underrated yet vital element that has numerous roles in the body. I’d highly recommend supplementing magnesium, but as always, if you’re unsure whether this is right for you, please speak to your GP. This oil comes in a plastic bottle with spray nozzle, so it can be easily dispensed by spraying the desired amount mess-free.
Their Magnesium Oil is available in 5 different formats : Goodnight Spray (for restful sleep), Joint (combined with glucosamine to help your joints stay flexible and supple), Original (also supports and helps relax muscles), Sensitive (dermatologically tested to be gentle on skin), and Recovery (to promote muscle recovery and performance).
I have the Original spray, which is described on their website as being their “strongest and purest Magnesium Oil and provides the ultimate way to replenish magnesium levels”.
What’s inside? “Mined in Northern Holland from a seam one mile below ground, our magnesium chloride has been naturally condensed and purified for over 250 million years, free-from man-made pollutants and heavy metals, Zechstein Inside® magnesium chloride guarantees a naturally pure source of magnesium.”
This is designed to support muscle recovery, to support overall wellbeing, and also to enhance the absorption of calcium.
Once sprayed onto your skin, which can be targeted for specific muscle stiffness, it gets to work straight away. The “Zechstein Magnesium commences absorption immediately” so you can rest assured that your body is getting the good stuff quickly and efficiently.
Each bottle contains 100ml of oil. 100ml is estimated to provide 600 sprays. Every 10 sprays provide at least 200mg of elemental magnesium, equal to 57% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
Directions For Use
For first time use, you need to take off the plastic seal around the lid. This is designed to be sprayed directly onto your skin and then gently massaged in. It’s best to apply this to clean skin, so i’s perfect for when you get out of the shower or for before you get into bed to help you relax and nod off to sleep. You can spray anywhere, but avoid any problematic or broken skin areas, and of course delicate areas or anywhere near your eyes. If you have specific muscles that are stiff, painful or sore, concentrate on those.
When first using this, they recommend starting with 5 sprays across the body and building up to 10. It is suitable for children and for use during pregnancy. As always, however, do check with your doctor if you’re not sure whether this is right for you.
They do note to be mindful you may get a tingly sensation when you apply it. If you do, it may suggest low magnesium levels and skin tingles because of the quick absorption of the magnesium through your pres. The tingling will likely subside after regular use and you can always dab your skin to ensure it’s fully dry after you’ve massaged the oil in.
Firstly, I love the ethos of the brand and the reassurance of knowing the product is natural & top quality. The range is good and customer services are helpful with any queries you may have.
The bottle for this particular oil is an ideal size to make it easier to hold and use, and convenient to both store at home and take in your bag if you’re travelling.
The push-down spray is reasonably easy to push, depending on your hands (ie. those with arthritis may struggle with push down sprays). The spray is quite powerful, which is good so the oil doesn’t dribble out. It comes out as a thin-to-medium consistency oil, so don’t expect a fine mist. Thankfully, I’ve found it to be fairly convenient and mess-free, so once you’re done you can replace the cap and get on with your day (or head to bed if you’re applying it at night). I was quite surprised at how one spray can go a long way, so I found it very easy to massage in. If you want to use it on harder to reach areas, you could get someone to help or do what I did, which was spray once onto my fingertips to rub it into my shoulders.
It’s clear when it goes on but you can see where you’ve put it because it’s shiny. You’ll notice the glistening goes away as it dries and absorbs after a few minutes. There was no discernible smell, which I prefer. Once it’s absorbed, skin feels quite smooth but I can tell it’s there, however it’s not sticky, so that’s good. It’s therefore easy enough to use, but perhaps not quite as quick and convenient as swallowing a liquid magnesium.
It’s lovely to use as part of a morning, after shower or bedtime routine (but I don’t like baring skin at the moment when I’m so cold!) I think it comes down to personal choice as to whether to opt for an oil as opposed to, for instance, liquid magnesium. This gets a lot of great customer feedback; and a lot of users swear by it and I can see why.
The Better You range can be purchased from the likes of Amazon and Boots (UK), but what I also like is that you can buy products through their own website, with worldwide delivery, which is helpful if you can’t find specific products on Amazon or similar in your country.
I would recommend this for…
- Those who don’t like, don’t absorb or don’t well tolerate oral supplements.
- Those who have symptoms of magnesium deficiency and/or want to see if it can help in areas such as fatigue, muscle aches, depression and sleep.
- Those who appreciate a mini massage.
The rest of the range is certainly worth checking out as there are numerous supplements and forms to suit various needs and personal preferences.
BetterYou range at Boots (UK).
BetterYou products on Amazon US.
The whole range is also available direct from BetterYou.