Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Drink Yourself Gorgeous

Written by Lindsay Mattioli
 Active Image Remember the old adage you are what you eat? Well, according to beauty beverage companies like Borba and Glowelle, there’s actually some truth to this phrase previously popularized by moms trying to coerce kids into eating vegetables. Scott-Vincent Borba is the founder of BORBA, a line of beauty beverages that has now branched out to other edible beauty goodies like gummy bears and topical treatments.
Illustration by Justine Zwiebel
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Remember the old adage you are what you eat? Well, according to beauty beverage companies like BORBAand Glowelle, there’s actually some truth to this phrase previously popularized by moms trying to coerce kids into eating vegetables. Scott-Vincent Borba is the founder of BORBA, a line of beauty beverages that has now branched out to other edible beauty goodies like gummy bears and topical treatments.

Borba found that topical products such as serums and creams worked when applied regularly, but skin issues popped right back up again as soon as the products were no longer being used all the time. He realized the body needed to be treated well to emanate a gorgeous glow, clear up skin conditions like acne, and fight the signs of aging. Thus, the nutraceutical concept was born.

You can scoop up ready to drink beauty beverages from both Borba and Glowelle at places like Sephora and each brand’s respective Web site, but if you’re feeling the cash crunch like most of us, spending about forty dollars for six beverages can feel a little steep. Luckily, beauty beverages are quick and easy to make at home. Read on for some simple recipes, and then drink up and get gorgeous.

Pretty Skin Smoothie
What You Will Need:
•1 cup pineapple chunks
•1/2 apple
•1/2 cucumber, lightly peeled
•1/2 cup Italian parsley
•1 cup water

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

According to Latham Thomas, a certified holistic health counselor and green chef with a client roster that includes actress Lauren Hutton and designer Zac Posen, fruit and veggie juices are the best way to keep skin glowing since they flush out toxins from our bodies.

Feeling a little hungrier? This recipe from nutraceutical expert Lorne Caplan uses protein-rich Greek yogurt for gorgeous skin in a satisfying snack.

Hungry Eyes Smoothie
What You Will Need:
•6-8 ounces yogurt
•1 banana
•1/2 ounce flaxseed
•a handful of your favorite dark berries (blueberry and acai are great ones)

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

Flaxseed contains essential fatty acids, which keep skin supple and moisturized, and blueberries can infuse the body with vitamin C, which fights free radical damage. Acai is a super-fruit rich in omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that also contains ten times the antioxidant power of grapes.

If you just can’t be bothered playing mad scientist in the kitchen chopping up and blending fruits and veggies, reach for Japanese Green Tea, advises Medical Aesthetician Susan Perry. Rich in catechins, a specific type of antioxidant, this tea can protect skin from environmental damage in addition to providing anti-inflammatory benefits. The best part? It does double duty by acting as a topical treatment. Just brew a little extra and spritz it on your face to use as a toner.

When all else fails, simply eating right can put the glow back into your skin. Look for foods, like avocado which is full of vitamin E to help maintain healthy skin and prevent skin from aging, and watermelon which contains vitamins A, B, and C. Their seeds also contain essential fats, zinc, and vitamin E, all of which help win the battle against free radical damage.

Whether you’re planning a breakfast picnic or staying in for a “you” night, these smoothie recipes are sure to make you smile, leaving little to no wrinkles behind.

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