Inner Beauty

Ingestible skincare is becoming the next big beauty trend

Today, the adage that “beauty is only skin deep” might have a slightly different meaning than that of its intended insight. Building on the popularity of drinking to your health, brands are introducing plant-based formulas that aim to enhance beauty from the inside out. This concept of drinkable skincare, already well-established across Asia, is now heating up, causing some to wonder if the next major movement in beauty could be ingestible.

062415-1Beauty Dust: From the creator of Moon Juice, a bohemian California juicery that champions the healing power of raw foods and minerals, comes an alternative to typical cosmetic products: Beauty Dust. When added to a hot or cold liquid—water, nut milk, or tea is recommended—the medical-grade empiric formula can reportedly help calm the nerves, increase collagen and silica production, and tone and firm tissue while hydrating and fortifying skin, hair, nails and cell membranes. The potable’s power lies in its unique blend of ingredients, which include powdered goji berries, pearl and Rehmannia, an ancient Chinese herb used for generations to balance the yin.

062415-2Collagen-Infused Beer: A perfect example of the persistent healthy hedonism trend, Japanese brewer Suntory introduced a light beer called Precious that boasts anti-aging benefits. The beverage is infused with a full two grams of collagen, a protein from the connective tissue of animals whose smoothing and hydrating properties have made it a perennial favorite among skin-conscious consumers, particularly in Asia. The jury is still out on whether or not the product’s hype lives up to its claims, but Americans will have to wait to find out for themselves, as its release is limited to Hokkaido, Japan for the time being.

062415-3MCT Oil: Investor and biohacker Dave Asprey may have tapped into more than weight loss when he concocted the recipe for Bulletproof Coffee. One of the drink’s key ingredients, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, is reportedly a beauty-boosting powerhouse to boot. The coconut- and palm-based oil contains antimicrobial properties that some doctors believe target skin issues like dryness, eczema, and acne from the inside out, while also helping improve cognitive function and memory retention. Unlike fats from animals or margarine, MCT oil is more easily digested and processed than longer-chain lipids, which may support its weight management claims.