Erewhon Market, an upscale grocery store in L.A, sells the Hailey Bieber skincare smoothie, which cost about $20, and honestly, it just taste like strawberry banana cheesecake.
When Cassandra purchased this in L.A, she thought to herself, “I could do this for less money!” Cassandra doesn’t have an exact recipe because no one has shared it. But, she went to a Whole Foods Market and tried her best to recreate the smoothie. But, to much of her surprise, the total was around $118 even without the protein or the things she forgot. That’s an expensive smoothie!
The smoothie contains the following ingredients:
- Almond Milk
- Vegan Protein Blend
- Aloe vera
- Frozen strawberries,
- Maple syrup
- Coconut cream
- Sea moss gel
- Vanilla extract
- Neocell Hyaluronic Acid Berry Liquid:
- Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Creamer Powder
Let's break down the ingredients. To begin with, bananas have tons of potassium, and avocados have tons of omega-fatty acids which are good for the skin. However, Cassandra skipped out on the aloe vera because it’s a laxative. Aloe is very can be hydrating, and it contains some trace nutrients and minerals too. But, if you have an allergy to aloe vera latex, you’ll want to steer clear of it.
The next ingredient is strawberry for the compote on the bottom. Strawberries do have a ton of antioxidants which can prevent cell damage. Strawberries also boast an extensive list of vitamins such as vitamin K, calcium, vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, and vitamin A (etc.).
There’s also Irish seamoss. Irish seamoss is abundant in omega-3 fatty acids which can strengthen the skin barrier. In turn, this can help us produce more collagen and keratin. Moreover, the dates are packed with potassium which can help the body lock in hydration, especially during the summer heat.
There’s coconut cream too and Stevia. Stevia is a calorie-free sweetener. However, some studies that artificial sweeteners can have an impact on your gut microbiome and likewise your skin. “Any alteration among gut microbial diversity (dysbiosis) can increase your vulnerability and disrupt immunity, which can subsequently influence skin health.”
As for the supplements, the Neocell hyaluronic acid was like a 3rd of the cost. Cassandra loves that it’s vegan hyaluronic acid though. Hyaluronic acid helps our joints, and our bodies make it naturally. It also helps with hydration. In regards to vegan collagen, Cassandra went without it because eating collagen doesn’t mean that your body will create collagen. When you eat it, it goes to your muscles and organ systems, not necessarily the skin. There’s no science showing that eating collagen goes directly to the skin. As long as you’re eating protein, the building blocks of collagen, your body does what it needs to do.
Finally, Cassandra added the protein powder. Cassandra loves to use this brand of unsweetened, raw organic protein powder. It’s made locally, it’s organic, and it has a bunch of amino acids. But when Cassandra blended all of the ingredients together, it ended up tasting like a strange cake batter. Maybe this was because she didn’t use the Vital Proteins brand which isn’t vegan. Vital proteins has no texture of flavor.
Overall, yes, many of the ingredients in this smoothie are good for your skin. But, as long as you follow a healthy diet, your body can extract many of these components on a day-to-day basis.
Coverphoto cred: Delish