I've spent the last six months interviewing the creators and innovators at the forefront of the natural skincare movement and they have all said the same thing – words to the effect of, "What goes on the inside, shows on the outside." My skin has been a little 'problematic' lately, so I decided to investigate natural ways to supplement my diet. The first stop was, of course, Neal's Yard Remedies.
NYR's Organic Berry Complex is a blend of apple powder, blueberry powder, blackcurrant powder, acerola cherry extract, açai powder, green bell pepper powder, dehydrated pomegranate juice, chia seeds, stevia leaf extract and goji berry extract. Rich in vitamin C, it not only boots collagen production but also helps to support the immune system and protect cells from oxidative stress (which accelerates ageing and can even lead to cancer). It's non-GMO, gluten-free, contains no artificial preservatives and is suitable for vegans.
I've been drinking a glass of it every day for a week now and have noticed a slight improvement in my skin – fewer blemishes, more even in tone. I mix 5g (1tsp) with 250ml (8oz) of water and drink it quickly so it doesn't oxidise. As the powder is so finely ground it dissolves well in the water and is perfectly palatable, not gritty at all. It tastes, at first, like a summer berry cordial; the aftertaste is more like iced tea. If you don't fancy drinking it straight, it can otherwise be stirred into juices and smoothies or sprinkled over yogurt and muesli. I have a sneaking suspicion that it might also make for a rather good face mask...
100g | £22 | nealsyardremedies.com
Review sample kindly provided by Neal's Yard Remedies.