Updated 7/3/19. Halo Kiwi Seed Booster, touted to promote clear, glowing skin, is the second supplement by YouTube star Tati Westbrook. Halo Kiwi Booster is different from Halo Beauty Booster, in that Kiwi is only for skin health. It is not a hair or nail supplement. In this detailed, unbiased/not sponsored review, I'll look at the ingredients and research on Kiwi Seed Booster and its ingredients. I'll also compare it to Halo Beauty so you can see the difference. Does it work? Let's see what we can discover.
Halo Kiwi Booster Benefits
The front of the bottle tells us Kiwi is claimed to:
- minimize fine lines and wrinkles
- support collagen and elastin production
- support clear and radiant complexion
The product is also said to Inhibit Bacteria, Balances pH, and Renews Skin.
Video: Tati Discusses Halo Kiwi
In this launch video, Tati Westbrook gives a nice review of her kiwi supplement which is worth looking at.
As Tati also discusses, Halo Kiwi does not include:
The omission of these ingredients make sense since Halo Kiwi is a skin supplement – and not for hair or nails.
Halo Kiwi Seed Booster Research
The supplement- itself – does not appear to have any clinical research. To be fair, this is common with most supplements too.
Lack of clinical studies does not mean the supplement doesn't work. Let's look at its ingredients next.
Halo Kiwi Ingredients
Each bottle contains 30 capsules. Each 1 capsule contains the following ingredients:
|Amount Per Serving||Dosage||Percent DV|
|Vitamin D3||1000 IU||250% DV|
|Vitamin B1 (thiamine)||5 mg||333% DV|
|Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)||5 mg||294% DV|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)||2 mg||100% DV|
|Zinc (zinc methionine)||10 mg||67% DV|
|Rosehip powder extract (4:1)||100 mg||N/A|
|Bromelain extract||100 mg||N/A|
|Methysulfonyllmethane (MSM)||160 mg||N/A|
|Embilica Officianalis (Gooseberry extract 5:1)||200 mg||N/A|
|Grape seed extract (85% polyphenols)||60 mg||N/A|
|Ceramide-Rx Phytoceramides (Rice extract)||40 mg||N/A|
|Kiwi-Rx (Kiwi seed extract 50:1)||20 mg||N/A|
Other Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable capsule (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose), silicon dioxide, vegetable magnesium stearate.
In the table above:
- “% DV” = percent daily value based on eating 2000 calories per day
- “N/A” means no daily value has been established
Let's agree that vitamin D, the B vitamins and Zinc are all needed for skin health. To me, they make sense. Let's focus instead on the sexier ingredients in Halo Kiwi and pay attention to their role in skin health.
Kiwi Seed Booster Video Review
Rosehips (Rosa canina) are the fruit of the rose plant. Rose hips are a good source of vitamin C and bioactive, antioxidant substances like carotenoids, alpha-linoleic acid, and lauric acid. The essential fatty acid, alpha-linoleic acid, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. In theory, this could improve skin health.
The vitamin C in rose hips can help us make collagen so it's a logical choice for a skin supplement. I can't tell how much vitamin C is in Halo Kiwi.
Bromelain is an enzyme that breaks down proteins. It's found in pineapples. The Kiwi website says bromelain might help reduce skin inflammation. since it helps breakdown proteins, bromelain might also help with skin cell turn over, helping new skin to rise to the epidermis.
Research indicates bromelain can reduce (cyclooxygenase) COX, an enzyme-linked to inflammation and other things. There is some evidence rose hips might reduce COX too. In theory, both bromelain and rose hips might work better together at reducing inflammation. This is somewhat similar to how some anti-inflammatory drugs (COX2 inhibitors) work.
Trivia: I did my MS thesis on cyclooxygenase (COX) and exercise.
Bromelain might also modulate the immune system too. This could further reduce inflammation and in theory, acne and rosacea.
Methyl-sulfonyl-methane (MSM) is a sulfur-containing substance that is sometimes found in arthritis supplements. The mineral, sulfur is needed for collagen and keratin production, both of which are very important to the skin. I'm sure, one of the reasons Halo Kiwi contains MSM is as a source of sulfur.
Good food sources of sulfur include:
In 1979, a patent was issued (number 4,296,130) for the use of MSM to help to soften skin and strengthening nails although this patent seems to deal mostly with topical application and not oral supplements.
Sulfur also helps us make glutathione. Glutathione is a very important antioxidant enzyme. As we age we tend to make less glutathione. Every cell of your body has this enzyme. This is why it's sometimes called a “master antioxidant.”
Researchers tested oral MSM supplements to see if it might improve wrinkles. They gave 3000 mg of MSM or a placebo to 20 Caucasian women for 16 weeks. They noted fewer crows feet and better skin tone in women taking MSM vs. placebo. The supplement used in this study was called OptiMSM .
Another study has noted MSM appears to have antioxidant properties too. This might also benefit skin health.
Emblica Officinalis, also known as Phyllanthus Emblica, is better known as Indian Gooseberry and amla fruit.
Amla fruit has a long history of being hair-healthy. Some even say it reverses gray hair.
The Halo Kiwi website tells us Gooseberry is used because of its antioxidant properties, which aid with skin complexion, moisture and removing toxins.
So, does it?
Preliminary evidence using mice and cells have noted amla can promote collagen production. As we know, collagen is very important for healthy skin.
At least one human study has noted taking amla fruit orally can help a skin disorder called vitiligo which occurs when skin loses its melanin pigmentation. See the pseudocatalase review for more on vitiligo. Each capsule of Halo Kiwi has 200 mg of amla fruit which is double the amount used in the study.
Grape Seed Extract
The Halo Kiwi grape seed extract is composed of 85% grape seed polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidant substances found in many foods like fruits vegetables, nuts and even chocolate. There are different types of polyphenols. The kiwi seed formula uses polyphenols from the seeds of grapes.
Like the other antioxidants in the kiwi seed formula, we know they can help protect the skin and other organs from oxidative stress (free radical damage). The Kiwi website says grape seed antioxidants can help protect the skin from sun exposure and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Sun damage can lead to wrinkles and even skin cancer.
Researchers in France have noted a supplement (SkinAx) containing grape seed extract improved “skin radiance” in women after 8 weeks of use.
This is another antioxidant compound. Quercetin is found in various foods ranging from teas and onions to berries. Researchers have noted quercetin can help reduce skin inflammation and help the skin heal better.
Preliminary evidence also hints quercetin may help protect against skin cancer. While there are some human studies, much of what I saw involved isolated cells or lab animals.
Researchers have noted quercetin can inhibit the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Advanced glycation end products are formed when sugar combines with fat and protein. Elevated AGEs are linked to wrinkles, cancer, heart disease and even the aging process (AGE is a reference to aging).
Ceramides a type of fats (called sphingolipids) found in the epidermis of the skin and other cells. They play a role in cell communication and maintaining the health of cells. In the skin, ceramides help maintain moisture and prevent bacteria from entering the body. The ceramide content of skin declines with aging.
Here's a good review of Ceramides courtesy of Look Younger With Debbie
The term phyto-ceramides means the ceramides come from plants / food (phyto=plant).
Speaking of phyto, See the PHYTO re30 review.
The Halo Kiwi Seed formula gets its ceramides from rice. Ceramides can be derived from other foods too, such as wheat and potatoes.
Some evidence suggests ceramides stimulate the development of elastin and skin cells called fibroblasts. Boosting the production of elastin and fibroblasts would improve skin integrity and in theory, reduce skin aging.
One human study has shown that a ceramide supplement improved skin moisture after 3 months of use compared to placebo. This investigation involved 51 women, age 21-63 who took 350 mg of wheat-derived ceramides per day.
Researchers in Japan have also noted both topical and oral ceramides improved skin moisture. In their investigation, they gave people 20-40 mg of corn-derived ceramides each day for 3 weeks and noticed improved skin hydration between 290% and 394%.
See the Halo Beauty Booster review for more on ceramides.
Kiwi (scientific name, Actinidia chinensis) is the ingredient for which Halo Kiwi Seed Booster gets its name. Other names for kiwi include Chinese Gooseberry, Actinidia arguta and Actinidia deliciosa.
Kiwi RX. This is Tati's trademarked name for her formula which is 50 times more concentrated than other kiwi seed extracts.
Kiwi seed oil is a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega 3 fatty acid (essential means we don't make it). Kiwi seed oil also contains vitamin E as well as antioxidant polyphenols.
Kiwi seed extract also contains two other interesting substances:
Quercitrin is a precursor to quercetin. From a chemistry standpoint, kaempferol looks like quercetin.
Both substances should help reduce inflammation and advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Remember AGEs are linked to skin aging, various diseases, and even the aging process.
Researchers in Italy have noted a Kiwi peptide- called kissper – exerts both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on human cells.
Sebum is an oil secreted from glands. The over-production of sebum can contribute to acne. Kiwi seed extract is used to balance sebum production to help reduce acne and inflammation.
The Kiwi Booster label tells us the supplement provides a concentrated 50:1 extract. This means they used 50 parts of kiwi to make just 1 part of the kiwi extract. It's the most concentrated extract found in this Halo supplement.
Researchers in Switzerland have shown kiwi extract appears to double collagen production in skin cells. Researchers in Italy have also noted the natural antibiotic activity of kiwi resides in the seeds. This could play a role in reducing acne.
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid found in seafood such as lobster, salmon, and shrimp. As a carotenoid, it's also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent too.
At least one study has noted astaxanthin may protect skin against sunburn. Interestingly, this study used 4 mg of astaxanthin – which is exactly the dosage found in Kiwi Seed Booster. Those taking Astaxanthin also showed better skin moisture following exposure to UV radiation too.
Another investigation -this one involving men – also noted better skin elasticity and fewer crows feet with astaxanthin use.
Halo Kiwi Seed Booster Unboxing Video
I liked this unboxing video by The Allison Owens
Here's another unboxing video I liked by SilviaMBeauty.
Both videos provide good information and also show you what you get when you purchase this supplement.
Halo Kiwi Before And After
From what I've seen online, people seem to be pretty happy with this supplement. Here are some before and after pictures I located:
There are other before and after pictures on Instagram too.
Antioxidant Ingredients in Halo Kiwi
The majority of ingredients in Halo Kiwi are antioxidants and/or help us bolster our natural antioxidant defenses. They include:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B6
- Amla fruit
- Grape seed extract
- Kiwi seed extract
How Much Is Halo Kiwi?
A 30 day supply (30 capsules) is 29.95. This is less than the original Halo Beauty ($39.95). While shipping and tax may apply depending on where you live, if you purchase 3 bottles of Halo Kiwi, you get free shipping.
Kiwi Seed Booster vs. Halo Beauty
Here's a comparison of both Halo Beauty Booster supplements
|Kiwi Seed Booster (1 capsule)||Halo Beauty Booster (2 capsules)|
|Vitamin D3 1000 IU||Vitamin C 60 mg|
|Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 5 mg||Vitamin D3 1000 IU|
|Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 5 mg||Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 5 mg|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 2 mg||Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 2 mg|
|Zinc (zinc methionine) 10 mg||Zinc (zinc methionine) 10 mg|
|Rosehip powder extract (4:1) 100 mg||Copper (copper gluconate) 2 mg|
|Bromelain extract 100 mg||Manganese 2 mg|
|Methysulfonyllmethane (MSM) 160 mg||Catalase 2500 IU|
|Embilica Officinalis 200 mg||Rosehip power extract (4:1) 100 mg|
|Grape seed extract (85% polyphenols) 60 mg||MSM 160 mg|
|Quercetin 40 mg||Saw Palmetto 160 mg|
|Ceramide-Rx Phytoceramides 40 mg||Embilca Officianalis (Alma) 200 mg|
|Kiwi-Rx (Kiwi seed extract 50:1) 20 mg||Grape Seed Extract (85% polyphenols 60 mg|
|Astaxanthin 4 mg||Pumpkin Seed 10:1 Extract Powder (Curcubita pepo) 80 mg|
|Ceramide RX Phytoceramides 40 mg|
|Horsetail Equisetum arvense 20 mg|
|Astaxanthin 4 mg|
|L Glutathione 10 mg|
|Alpha Lipoic Acid 30 mg|
The ingredients they have in common are highlighted in red. As you can see, Halo Kiwi contains the same dosages of ingredients as Halo Beauty does.
As you can also see, Kiwi Seed Booster does not include:
Since Kiwi Seed Booster is strictly a skin supplement, these ingredients are not used, although in my humble opinion, you can make an argument for keeping glutathione and alpha-lipoic acid.
Halo Kiwi vs. Proactive
Proactive is a popular clear skin formula you may have seen on TV etc. Proactive is a system which consists of:
- Deep cleansing facial wash
- Balancing toner
- Daily Oil Control SPF 30
- Adapalene Gel (0.1%) Acne Treatment
I've looked at the ingredients in Proactive (and Proactive MD) and it does not share any key ingredients in common with Halo Kiwi. No studies have compared the halo kiwi formula to Proactive.
Halo Kiwi Booster FAQ
1 Does It Contain Gluten?
No. Halo Kiwi contains no gluten, soy or wheat. It's also cruelty-free, as is Halo Beauty too.
2 How Many Capsules Per Day?
You only need to take 1 capsule per day. If you have trouble swallowing, open the capsule and mix the powder with water or juice and drink it.
3 Are The Capsules Big?
Halo Kiwi pills looked a bit on the large size from the videos I saw. Check out the unboxing videos above to see the pill sizes. The people online I saw did not seem to have any difficulty swallowing the pills.
For those who do not like swallowing pills, open the capsules and mix the contents with water or juice -or even toss it in oatmeal or in your smoothie.
4 Is There An Autoship Program?
Tati's website does not have an automatic shipment program. When you run out, just go to the Kiwi Seed Booster website and order more. This is actually a good thing. It means fewer problems for customers.
5 How Long Until Results Are Seen?
The website says 2-3 weeks are required. Better results should be seen with longer use.
6 Can Men Take Halo Kiwi?
Yes. I don't see anything in the supplement men need to worry about.
7 Can Children Take It?
Halo Kiwi is not for anyone under 18. It specifically says this on the Halo Kiwi website.
8 Do Halo Kiwi And Halo Beauty Work Better Together?
No. As the Halo website states, “the benefits are not optimized by taking both products together.” In other words, you don't need to take both supplements. This level of transparency and honesty is rare. It says a lot about her.
9 How To Return Halo Kiwi
Returns or exchanges are not possible. As is stated on the website, all sales are final.
10 Is Halo Kiwi Made In America?
Yes. All Halo supplements are made in the USA.
11 Is Halo Kiwi Shipped Internationally?
Yes. The company ships to most countries outside the US including Canada, Mexico, Italy, Cayman Islands, Switzerland, and the UK to name a few. China is one country they do not ship to. Products often arrive 5-10 days after your order is processed.
12 How Is Halo Kiwi Different From Halo Beauty?
Halo Beauty is for skin, hair, and nails, while the Kiwi formula is just for the skin. As you can see from the Kiwi vs. Halo Beauty table above, both supplements contain the exact dosages of key skin ingredients. Tati removed those which she felt were not appropriate for a skin-only supplement.
13 Does Halo Kiwi Contain Saw Palmetto?
No. There is no saw palmetto in Kiwi formula. Click the link to see my debunking of the saw palmetto myth.
14. Which Ingredients Contain Vitamin C?
Both rose hips and kiwi contain vitamin C.
Kiwi Seed Booster Side Effects
If you're healthy, I don't see any problems with this supplement. I think Halo Kiwi is safe for the majorly of people. For those who may not be healthy, here are some things to consider:
- Talk to your doctor and pharmacist if you take any medications like blood thinners
- Stop taking at least 2 weeks before having surgery
- Use caution if you are allergic to kiwi or other ingredients in the supplement
- If you have iron overload disease (hemochromatosis). Talk to your doctor. Vitamin C, which is naturally found rose hips, can increase iron absorption.
- Stop taking at least 2 weeks before having blood tests.
- Seek medical guidance if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
No side effects were known when this review was updated. When in doubt, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or dietitian for more specific recommendations.
Does Halo Kiwi Work?
Halo Kiwi contains a variety of substances which may boost collagen, elastin and keratin production, reduce inflammation and help acne. Many of the ingredients are antioxidants which may help with cellular repair and neutralizing free radicals. While the Halo Kiwi lacks clinical studies, very interesting before and after pictures make me wonder if it might just work for some people.