If you've ever hit up a Whole Foods or local juice shop, you may have noticed a slew of beauty beverages ranging from waters to cold-press juices. Brands like Sakara Beauty, Juice Press, and Juice Generation have been introducing drinks that contain skin-nourishing nutrients like anti-aging properties, collagen molecules, and antioxidants for a youthful glow.
So, should you be sipping on these beauty boosters? Here's the lowdown on these mysterious skin elixirs. After you've been all caught up, then discover The 37 Best-Ever Drinks for Weight Loss.
What Are They?
From waters derived from special mineral springs to antioxidant-packed juices, there's a slew of beauty beverages to choose from. Some drinks are infused with skin-nourishing properties such as collagen tinctures, which help plump the skin and prevent sagging. Others are pH waters which help restore your body's alkaline levels and provide ultra hydration. And then, there are the detox beverages with ingredients that you would normally find in skincare products (think: charcoal and clay.) While these waters look promising, it's important to be wary of which ones you're consuming.
"What we're seeing is a mix of credible products combining with marketing-based products that aren't so effective," says Paula Simpson, beauty nutritionist and formulator. "It boils down to looking to ingredients and claims in the products and looking at the manufacturer's."
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So, how do drinks actually work? The collagen-based drinks use a hydrolyzed form, which is a broken down form of the molecule, so the body can digest it effectively, says Simpson. And clinical studies show that people saw plumper skin when ingesting those collagen products. The downside? These drinks could get costly (like $8 bucks a pop!) and could be secretly loaded with sugar and calories.
The deal with charcoal and clay-infused drinks is that they can help detoxify the body. "When you add clay or charcoal to a water, they act like a sponge in a body which absorbs toxins before they goes into the bloodstream or skin tissues. While they can provide a boost of detoxification, clinical results of ingesting charcoal are preliminary and Simpson believes that you can detox on your own by adding more fiber foods to your diet, like these 30 High Fiber Foods that should be in your diet! Plus, since charcoal is like a magnet that pulls out these toxins, it can do the same for good things too—like nutrients and minerals you want in your body. Read on for other disadvantages, below.
As for pH waters, they're are great for hydration and are packed with electrolytes to decrease body inflammation. The downside? You have to chug down 3 to 4 liters a day to actually see results. That's a lot of fancy water!
While there are many benefits to guzzling down these beverages, you still need to be mindful of the product you're consuming. "Most of these products are marketing based, so they put a lot of fillers or byproducts that aren't actively going to support the skin," says Simpson. Other drinks may also contain harmful chemicals and dyes; if that's the case, drinking these beverages is like consuming fruit juice since some are loaded with calories and sugar.
Also, Simpson is concerned now how long the antioxidants and nutrients can stay potent in the drink. "They're processed as much as they're clean and pure," says Simpson. "With a natural juice product, you have to drink that juice right away to gain benefits of the antioxidants because they break down and no longer beneficial to the body." And, since these products are so new, some people are still skeptical. Take collagen waters, for example. Skeptics say your body can't digest collagen, so Simpson suggests that people are better off sticking to amino acids and vitamins. Collagen is a huge trend right now, though; get in on it with these 35 Collagen Recipes that Turn Back the Clock.
P.S. — Beware of the all-in-one beauty drinks, warns Simpson. With so many ingredients and claims, it's unlikely that those products are beneficial to your skin.
If you enjoy sipping on these elixirs, go right ahead; just be cautious of the ingredients. However, Simpson says you're not missing much if you choose to skip the trend. "There are easier ways to get nutrients for skin," says Simpson. She suggests getting your nutrients from whole foods like these Healthy Foods that Give Your Glowing Skin. And if you're not a fan of plain jane water, feel free to add cucumber, strawberries, or any other fruits to flavor your H20.