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Sometimes, a bright, clear, and youthful complexion doesn’t just come down to a good skincare routine. A healthy diet, sufficient rest, and a stress-free lifestyle are key factors in glowing skin too.

However, like most of us who struggle to check those three boxes during a pandemic, I’ve been sacrificing hours of sleep to catch up on work or scroll through TikTok mindlessly. Months later, my skin started to look sullen and lacklustre. And let’s not forget that gradual dip in energy levels as well, which has made daily tasks seem more challenging.

High levels of stress have also been linked to delayed or light periods for women – something I was struggling to manage myself. For those of us who may be seeing and feeling the effects of stress, such as dull skin and fatigue, the best way to combat them is to address them from within.

So when I was asked to try the TruLife Balance Plus herbal supplement, I was thrilled to see if it could give my energy levels a much-needed boost as well as a more radiant complexion.

A simple solution to improve energy and revitalise skin

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When you reach for that cup of coffee as a pick-me-up, you may feel even more tired after a few hours. That may be caused by caffeine, which can increase your body’s production of stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, and leave you with low blood sugar – the opposite effect of what you wanted. To make matters worse, the overconsumption of coffee has also been tied to acne.

The good news? Coffee isn’t the only way to boost your energy.

This is where TruLife Balance Plus tonic steps in. What makes it different from most other supplement drinks is that it delivers the finest selection of precious herbal ingredients all in one convenient bottle to aid women’s health.

Its formula is based on the centuries-old women’s remedy, Ba Zhen Tang, which is known for its nutritious benefits. The brand’s secret recipe contains a potent cocktail of American Ginseng to invigorate your “qi” (vital energy), Cordyceps to strengthen lungs, Angelica Root to regulate your menstrual cycle, and nine other specially selected traditional Chinese herbs:

  1. Radix Glycyrrhizae (Licorice Root): Soothes gastrointestinal issues and restores balance in the body.
  2. Rhizoma Chuan Xiong: Improves blood circulation.
  3. Codonopsis Pilosula: A root that revitalises the spleen.
  4. Poria Cocos: A fungi that calms the mind.
  5. Rehmanniae Preparata: An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb that nourishes the blood.
  6. Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati: A root that reduces heatiness in the body.
  7. Black Soy Beans: Drains dampness.
  8. Fructus Jujube (Large Black Dates): Nourishes your ‘qi’.
  9. Fructus Lycii (Chinese Wolfberries): Promotes eye health.

While the TruLife Balance Plus tonic aims to restore your energy, promote better blood circulation, and reduce pre-menstrual discomfort, the drink also contains 1,000mg of hydrolysed Marine Collagen and L-Lysine – the former gives your skin a radiant glow, while the latter helps to transport fats across your cells to be burned for energy.

Simply consume one bottle of tonic every night before bedtime for eight days in a row, once a month. You can drink it directly from the bottle at room temperature, or after it is chilled or warmed – it all depends on your preference. Make sure you don’t consume it during your menstruation.

With that many herbs and benefits packed neatly into bottles, I couldn’t wait to try out the TruLife Balance Plus to see if it could live up to its claims.

TruLife Balance Plus review: First impressions

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Neatly packaged in bright orange boxes, each one houses eight bottles of TruLife Balance Plus. These slim bottles were easy to twist open and consume. Simple, fuss-free, and mess-free.

Since refrigeration is not required, I could store them in the kitchen at room temperature. You can stow it in your bag and bring a bottle to the office or a staycation too.

Packed with numerous traditional Chinese herbs, it’s no surprise that the TruLife Balance Plus had a yummy herbal scent to it. It tasted just like a nourishing ginseng chicken broth – sweet and flavourful.

Of course, you can down it all at once, but I enjoyed taking my time to sip on it. Since you should only consume it every night before bed for eight days, it slowed down my evening routine and allowed me to unwind. After the first bottle, I looked forward to having another one the next day.

TruLife Balance Plus review: Results after 8 days

After eight days, my focus sharpened and I could perform my daily tasks with a little more ease. The TruLife Balance Plus seemed to have bumped up my energy just a little, helping me through long workdays. Even better, I didn’t experience that dreaded caffeine crash after a few hours. All it granted me was sustained energy to face daily stressors head-on.

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At first, I didn’t notice it, but in the before-and-after images I snapped, my skin appears more radiant, and my skin tone looks more even now. Plus, my skin barrier seems stronger and more resilient to warm showers – it didn’t turn bright red or get easily irritated after.

Perhaps the most surprising thing was the difference in my menstrual cycle. Aunt Flo arrived right on time this month and the pain from my cramps was dialled down too, which made it a much smoother cycle to get through. This was a major benefit I didn’t expect at all.

If you’ve been struggling with low energy, tired skin, and irregular, uncomfortable periods, try the TruLife Balance Plus. You’ve got to experience the benefits yourself.

TruLife Balance Plus retails for S$39.90 (eight bottles, 50ml each) at TruLife’s website, Shopee, Lazada, Qoo10, and Watsons. Daily Vanity customers can enjoy 5% off till 31 March 2022 when you checkout with the coupon code “DailyVanity5” at TruLife’s website!