We’ve all heard that beauty starts from within, that you are what you eat, blah, blah, blah. But do certain foods (or in this case, certain drinks) make you look better? These companies say they do. Read the claims and try at your own risk.
The drink: Borba Skin Balance Water ($20, Borba)
The claim: These designer water packets claim to replenish lost hydration to your body and thereby increase your skin’s firmness and decrease the appearance of aging and clogged pores.
Our 2 cents: The validity of their claims rests solely on the belief that internal moisture equals outer attractiveness. If you believe what science tells us about water’s benefits (or lack thereof, read below), then this doesn’t really seem like a good option.
The drink: Natural Pomegranate Lychee Flavor Powder Glowelle Sticks ($40 for 7-day supply, Neiman Marcus)
The claim: Antioxidants and vitamins from green and white teas are ultra-concentrated in these neat little packets to help slow the aging process and foster better skin.
Our 2 cents: We just can’t get past the price! It’s extra hard for us to justify shelling out about $6 a day for a hope and prayer that the drink will make us look better.
The drink: POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice (about $5 for 16 oz., local grocery stores)
The claim: The wonderful antioxidant power of the pomegranate not only promotes great skin, but wards off cancer-causing free radicals.
Our 2 cents: While certain foods (pomegranates included) are rich in great ingredients, POM juices have been over-hyped to the point that their advertisements have been toned down by the British government. Kind of takes the umph out of the Pom juice sales pitch, huh?
The drink: Crystal Light SKIN Essentials (about $5 for 6 packs, local grocery stores)
The claim: The packets are loaded with Vitamins A, C and E plus antioxidants to tackle all of your beauty woes.
Our 2 cents: Do you see a pattern here? The antioxidant angle is seriously being overstated. Plus, doctors and nutritionists widely advocate the benefits of going straight to the source (i.e. fruits and veggies) to get the benefits of vitamins, not of trying to see results from a powdered mix.
The drink: Water
The claim: Drinking copious amounts of the clear stuff will flush out the bad-skin toxins in your body and promote great skin.
Our 2 cents: Though we’ve been told that water is the answer to skin worries, we’ve never, ever seen any results. Plus recent studies show that any type of benefit (cosmetic or otherwise) of drinking your daily 64 ounces is just fluff.
— Whitney Teal
Beauty by chocolate