I Took Chlorophyll Like Evan Rachel Wood in Hopes It Would Perk Up My Skin
By Courtney Leiva |
Celebrity beauty hacks are like a gift that keeps on giving, especially when the tips and tricks are so ingenious, they leave us totally awestruck. So naturally you can imagine my excitement, upon discovering actress Evan Rachel Wood’s clever use of liquid chlorophyll, which according to the “Thirteen” star, promises oxygenated and refreshed-looking skin.
Now of course, chlorophyll instantly brings back memories of my high school science class, but beauty enthusiasts seem to swear by its skin-rejuvenating properties, especially when taken in liquid form. So, being the ever-so-curious beauty adventurer, I just had to try this one out for myself, to see exactly what the fuss was about.
Adding some liquid chlorophyll to my water for seven days straight, here’s what actually happened when I gave my salads and green smoothies (also rich with chlorophyll) a break, and let liquid chlorophyll step in, and work it’s magic.
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To jumpstart this beauty experiment, I of course had to find some liquid chlorophyll. Products like these are readily available both online and in most health food stores, as my small bottle of liquid green goodness cost no more than $10 at the Vitamin Shoppe.
Taking my chlorophyll was pretty easy. Following the directions on the bottle, I simply added 30 drops of my product into in my morning glass of water. Evan was right in saying liquid chlorophyll looks a lot like squid ink, as this stuff is really messy when dropped into water.
And of course actually drinking it was where things got super interesting. I won’t deny that this definitely is an acquired taste--a little bit like drinking minty water . But after a few brave gulps throughout the morning, I finally got all my chlorophyll down easily.
Right now, I don’t see any immediate improvements to my skin. But I am loving the slightly energized sensation I get after drinking it. Maybe that’s my excitement pouring through, but it’s nice to get a morning boost, without the help of caffeine.
The next day, I followed the same exact regimen that I had the day before. Being somewhat familiar with the taste, getting my liquid chlorophyll down wasn’t too bad today. I did think about adding it to some juice, but somehow I don’t think the minty flavor would mix too well with my go-to pineapple juice.
Skipping out on the veggies is pretty hard though. Thankfully I eat a lot of fruit to compensate for that, but I am hoping the chlorophyll steps in, and keeps my skin from going into total chaos. Still no miracle effects on my complexion, but tomorrow I think I’ll try two glasses of chlorophyll, and see what happens.
Upping my liquid chlorophyll to two glasses (without gagging) today, I was able to give up tea in the morning, and enjoy a non-jittery boost of energy. So far this is the only difference I’ve noticed in taking chlorophyll. Again, totally could be positive thinking, but I’ll take that over the sluggish feeling I usually get in the morning.
Letting liquid chlorophyll take over for my salads and veggies, still has no effect. I’m expecting for my skin to breakout any day now, but luckily I don’t have to entertain that idea, thanks to lots of water and fresh fruit.
Still drinking two glasses of liquid chlorophyll a day, I’m definitely getting more acquainted with the minty-water taste. Of course, it’s not ideal, but I’ve definitely tasted worse things in the past.
Sadly, my skin isn’t perking up or looking more refreshed, but no new breakouts or blackheads is something worth noting, as my super sensitive skin tends to react to new foods and supplements at times.
At this point, I am going to stick with the two glasses a day, as I don’t want to overwhelm my body and my skin with too much chlorophyll.
Come day five, and liquid chlorophyll still isn’t revolutionizing my skin, but my body is taking to it quite nicely. My morning sluggish sensation is still at a minimum, and I’ve noticed that two glasses is enough to keep my energy levels stable throughout the day. I usually crash around mid afternoon, but thankfully with enough chlorophyll in my system, this was happily avoided. Hoping this continues for the remainder of the experiment.
Just a quick side note: Don’t be surprised if this stuff stains practically everything it comes in contact with. Trust me, green cuticles can be pretty awkward at the nail salon.
Continuing to enjoy my newfound energy, using liquid chlorophyll is something I plan to continue once the experiment is over. Of course it’s not giving my skin breathtaking shine or radiance, but it it’s a nice way to ditch those sugary juices and smoothies I sometimes rely on to get going.
Plus, my skin will probably thank me for that in the long run, as high sugary beverages always leave me with a frustrating breakout or two.
I was still able to get my chlorophyll down no problem but I’m not able to notice the experiment’s full effect on my skin just yet.
I hope to carry this on even longer (maybe two weeks will do the trick?) and see if my skin starts responding to it, but I will say that I enjoyed the newfound energy from drinking chlorophyll altogether.
What the Derm Says...
While chlorophyll is definitely found inside our favorite salads and green juices, taking liquid chlorophyll is an option anyone can take for a boost of greens. And while it shouldn’t replace leafy greens and vegetables altogether, New York dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, applauds chlorophyll’s antioxidant properties, especially because it works to heal the skin.
“Chlorophyll has a high concentration of antioxidants,” says Dr. Jaliman. “It also contains vitamin K, which helps skin heal faster, and antibacterial properties.”