We asked fellow MC editors to gobble powders, gulp drinks, and pop pills, all in the name of glowing skin, slimmer waistlines, and better beauty sleep. After three weeks, some found that these ingestible shortcuts actually worked, while others were simply left bloated. To find out why some programs worked better than others, we turned to Leslie Bonci, director of sports medicine nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who gave us the inside scoop.
The claim: Packed with antioxidants like goji berry and green-tea extract, this powdered supplement reduces free- radical damage and promotes the distribution of melanin in the skin—meaning fewer age spots and more even pigmentation.
The cost: $40 for a week's supply
MC Editor's verdict: The overly grainy consistency of this drink didn't appeal to our tester, but she noticed her skin was glowing after a week-and-a-half. Plus, if she had the drink as a post-lunch snack, she didn't experience mid-afternoon slumps.
The expert says: "I've never heard of dietary changes controlling melanin production, but the polyphenols in green tea may help to protect the skin from wrinkling and from inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis."