Is the Anti-Aging Formula vegan?
Our Anti-Aging Formula does contain ingredients derived from animals, and therefore, it is not vegan. Both the soft gel and liquid formulations contain fish oil and vitamin D derived from sheep wool. The soft gels contain beeswax, and their capsule shell is made of bovine gelatin.
Is the Anti-Aging Formula tested on animals?
No. We do not conduct animal testing, or engage any third parties to do so.
Is the Anti-Aging Formula safe to take during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Our Anti-Aging Formula does not have any known contraindications. However, with any dietary supplement, we recommend that you consult with a healthcare practitioner prior to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, to make sure the product is right for you.
How long does it take before you start noticing results in your skin?
Typically, people first notice some results after two weeks, and full benefits after three to four months of supplementation. This is based on the amount of time the active ingredients tend to take to saturate your cells.
Can someone with a food sensitivity to soy take the Anti-Aging Formula?
Both the liquid and soft gel products contain tocopherols derived from refined soybean oil. These tocopherols are highly refined, which puts them at low risk of causing a reaction. You may see “tocopherols (derived from non-GMO soy)” in the ingredient list; this is disclosed in case of extreme allergies.
Can I take the Anti-Aging Formula with medications?
It is unlikely that the Anti-Aging Formula will interact with medications. However, with any dietary supplement, we recommend that you consult with a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are taking any medications, or if you are undergoing treatment for a medical condition.
My Anti-Aging Liquid Formula appears cloudy and there is sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Is this normal?
Yes. A few of the ingredients found in the Anti-Aging Liquid Formula are sparingly soluble or insoluble in oil, so they settle out over time. Please shake the liquid product before use, to ensure that you get the right dose of active ingredients. If the product has recently been agitated or disturbed, the sparingly soluble ingredients (lutein and zeaxanthin, and the oil insoluble monk fruit extract) are lifted from the bottom of the bottle, causing a hazy or opaque appearance. It is normal to see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
What allergens are present in Anti-Aging Formula?
We encourage individuals with allergies to read our product labels prior to use to make sure they are right for their individual needs. Ingredients found in Bend Beauty’s Anti-Aging Formula do not contain the major allergens: milk, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, or wheat. It does contain fish oil and tocopherols derived from highly refined soybean oil. Highly refined oils, such as soybean, are exempt from allergen labeling due to their low allergen risk. We do disclose the source material of tocopherols in case of extreme soy allergies. Our fish oil input is free from shellfish (which encompasses both mollusks and crustaceans), however, it may pose an allergen risk for those with fish allergies.
Are there any side effects from your products?
Since our Anti-Aging Formula is an oil-based product, some people may experience mild gastrointestinal disturbances. Our Marine Collagen + Co-Factors may also cause these symptoms.
How is the Anti-Aging Formula different from fish oil?
Fish oil by itself is a great supplement for overall health. It would not, however, provide the skin related benefits associated with the Anti-Aging Formula, which is the only anti-aging skincare product licensed in Canada by Health Canada.
Our Anti-Aging Formula differs from fish oil supplements in a few ways. Firstly, it combines several synergistic ingredients into one supplement. The fish oil in our Anti-Aging Formula is also unique in that it provides a very high EPA: DHA ratio which is important for benefiting skin health. Borage oil is a powerful skin health ingredient that supports skin barrier properties, and is very effective (along with EPA) in treating skin inflammation. Zeaxanthin (from paprika) and lutein (from marigold flowers) are powerful skin antioxidants that also work alongside EPA to protect against UV related skin damage and aging. It also contains vitamin D, which offers a myriad of skin health and anti-aging benefits.
Is the Anti-Aging Formula associated with improvements in eczema?
The active ingredients in our Anti-Aging Formula, particularly the fatty acids GLA, EPA, and DHA, have been shown to help improve symptoms such as roughness and redness associated with atopic dermatitis (the most common type of eczema).
Are your products safe to take beyond the expiry date?
We cannot guarantee the quality of our products beyond the expiry date.
What should I take: capsules or liquid? Are there differences in their bioavailability?
We have not done any clinical studies to determine if there is a difference in absorption or speed of delivery between our liquid and capsule versions of the Anti-Aging Formula. However, gelatin capsules are easily digested in the stomach, where they release the active ingredients. So, whether you decide to take our liquid or capsules comes down to preference and lifestyle. (The liquid must be refrigerated after opening, making capsules the ideal choice for travel.)
There are a few differences in the non-medicinal ingredients. Sunflower lecithin and beeswax are added to the capsule to thicken the material inside and ensure each capsule contains a homogeneous mixture. The capsules are also mint flavored, making them a suitable alternative for people with citrus sensitivities. And they don’t contain the naturally derived sweetener, monk fruit extract, which the liquid does.
There are a few other differences between the two products that may help you choose.
Each bottle of capsules contains 30 servings, whereas the liquid contains 40 servings. The liquid must be refrigerated after opening and should be used within 100 days. Capsules do not need to be refrigerated and are convenient to travel with. When stored appropriately, they can be used until the listed expiry date.
Does your Anti-Aging Formula contain omega-3 fatty acids?
Yes, our Anti-Aging Formula contains fish oil, which is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). In addition to these omega-3 fatty acids, our Anti-Aging Formula contains the omega-6 fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA), antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, and vitamin D3. Together these ingredients work synergistically to produce clinically proven anti-aging skin benefits.
Do your products contain gluten? Are your products gluten-free?
Our finished products are not tested for the presence of gluten. However, the input ingredients used in our Anti-Aging Formula liquid and capsules, as well as our Marine Collagen + Co-Factors product, do not contain any known sources of gluten.
Can children (or people under 19) take the Anti-Aging Formula?
This product is not intended for children. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner if you would like to pursue using Bend's Anti-Aging Formula outside of our label recommendations, including use by children.
Can I continue taking the liquid formulation if I forgot to refrigerate it?
Many of the medicinal ingredients, including the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, and the omega-6 GLA, in our Anti-Aging Formula are susceptible to degradation. Therefore, we take precautions during manufacturing and bottling to protect the integrity of the product. Once the bottle of the liquid formulation is opened, the product is exposed to oxygen, which initiates degradation reactions, and increases oxidation. Refrigeration helps slow these breakdown reactions, and is one of the protective measures that maintain the product’s potency over its open shelf life. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the concentration of the medicinal ingredients or the oxidative stability of Anti-Aging Formula liquid if it has not been refrigerated after opening. We don’t recommend using any product that has not been stored as directed.
When should I take your products?
Our products can be taken anytime. Some people prefer to take our Anti-Aging Formula with food