Skin Food: Edible Beauty Products

dujuanIt’s no big secret that beauty comes from within, but what if you can literally consume it through what you eat? With a booming market for anti-aging and skin-whitening products, many Asian countries are taking the notion of beauty to another level—by adding beautifying ingredients and proteins in the food you eat and in beverages, too. According to a recent article in The New York Times, “Prettier With Every Sip?,” restaurants in Singapore (and other Asian countries) are offering beauty consulting services to customers with skin conditions. An herbalist then changes the customers' dishes based on the diagnosis. Meanwhile, in Japan, there are yogurt drinks and dried fruit products with added collagen, which helps prevent wrinkles and renews your skin. Just recently, Nescafe released a new coffee product with skin-boosting collagen.

Can all this really be healthy? In the U.S., magazine advertisements swear that you can get Gossip Girl Leighton Meester’s glowing skin and silky hair with Glowelle, a drink with goji berry extracts, which is believed to give your skin a “natural” glow.

Most edible beauty products out there contain fruit and vegetable extracts that contain the skin-loving antioxidants vitamins A, C and E. While these products hold the promise of beautiful skin and hair, eating a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise can give you the same beautifying benefits and much more. You can easily reap the benefits of antioxidants in fruits, vegetables and nuts. Not to mention, eating healthfully can keep you young without breaking your wallet. One bottle of Glowelle can costs you as much as $42—we'd much rather spend that on a week's worth of groceries.

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