Beauty Ingestible Road Test Part 3: Fountain

I recently had the opportunity to celebrate Free People's new beauty + wellness lineup at a launch event in Nashville. The super cool and gorgeous (and also incredibly nice) Free People crowd came out to shop and sample and dance and drink (ingestible beauty cocktails, of course). I created a few drink recipes for the event using some of the top beauty ingestible brands to grace Free People's shelves. For the first and second post in this series, check out The Beauty Chef, and Moon Juice.

This time I'm trying out Fountain, a line of liquid beauty supplements (named 'Molecules') out of the UK.

You can read even more about my test of Fountain in my post for Free People's Bldg 25 blog

What you need to know about Fountain: This UK brand launched across the pond a few years ago, and quickly became hotter than hot. Fountain claims that it sells a supplement every 11 seconds. The brand's liquid formulas are said to allow their nutrition to absorb quickly and easily.

How to consume: I tested Fountain The Beauty Molecule, which has a pomegranate flavor, and The Glow Molecule, which has a slightly floral 'acai' flavor. The Glow Molecule was definitely my favorite, as it is subtle enough to pair well with a range of of other flavors, it's much more palatable, and offers one of the most important antioxidants for anti-aging: glutathione. You can take Fountain liquid Molecules alone (2 tsp is a serving), or mix them with water or another liquid like herbal tea, as I did in the recipe below. After testing, I'd say that these supplements are not something you take for the taste; rather, you shoot them back for the beauty benefits and chase with something else.

Love it for: The Glow Molecule gets major props for its delivery of glutathione, the body's 'master antioxidant' that slows the aging process and regenerates antioxidant vitamins C and E in the body. Our natural production of glutathion slows as we age, so this is one way to supplement (the other is to eat more glutathione-producing foods).

Cost: $50 USD for 8oz (a bit less than a month's worth of servings)

Calm + Glowing Elixir

This soothing, floral tea calms the senses while supporting youthful, glowing skin with the powerful antioxidant glutathione.

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Stir together and serve chilled.

Fall Beauty Food: Broccoli + Curried Broccoli Potato Soup

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To eat or not to eat? Of all the green veggies, broccoli could be the most polarizing. While it has a quiet stable of fans, it bears more than its share of insults from crinkle-nosed detractors, who, incidentally, may not be laughing when they find out how much anti-aging power they’re missing. This fall, make room for this anti-ager on your plate— or in your soup bowl, using the recipe ahead.

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Top 10 Detox Tips for Spring Renewal

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Beauty Food Supper Club — Spring Beauty Renewal

Top 10 Instant Detox Tips for Mind, Body and Beauty

If you missed the spring meeting of the Beauty Food Supper Club at Sun In Bloom in Brooklyn, you can still apply some of the top detox tips that myself and experts Sara Jane Mercer, Rebecca Casciano and chef Aimee Follette shared with guests during the delicious first course (a yummy Kimchi Avocado Salad!). Feel free to contact me if you have questions about these tips, and happy detoxing!

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Spring Beauty Supper: Asparagus Sage Risotto

Looking for a new way to use fresh, beautifying asparagus? This risotto recipe isn't labor-intensive, but the results look professional! Best of all, your skin will thank you for the amazing dose of beauty nutrients.

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Aging doesn't have to be a traumatic process. We control our attitude toward aging and the preventative measures we take now- with natural personal care products, nutrient-dense foods, exercise and self care.

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Top 5 Winter Beauty Foods

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Need inspiration for tonight's meal? Include one or more of these in-season winter fruits and veggies and you'll be doing your body- and your beauty- good.

1. Citrus Fruit: Lemons, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines- you name it. Their high vitamin C levels are fantastic for collagen production and free radical defense. To borrow a little natural exfoliation (via the citric acid in the peels of these fruit), rub the white part of a fresh citrus peel on clean skin and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing. You'll be treating your skin from the outside and in!

2. Kale: Choose kale for its calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron content. As a bonus, kale also contains sulforaphane, a nutrient that encourages the body to produce the powerful antioxidant glutathione (the potential of which beauty and health researchers are just beginning to tap into). Note: look for organic kale- it's one of the most pesticide-laden varieties of produce.

3. Radishes: Sulfur and silicon, beauty minerals found in high levels in radishes, combine with vitamin C to do wonders for the skin. Radishes also stimulate the liver and circulation and encourage cleansing throughout the body.

4. Pomegranates: The antioxidant levels of pomegranates beat even blueberries and cranberries- making them one very potent defense against free-radicals that lead to visible aging. Vitamins C, B and potassium round out their total-body benefits.

5. Sweet Potatoes: Just one cup packs 377% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which is one of the most important antioxidant vitamins for beautiful skin!

Soup Tonight, Glowing Skin Tomorrow

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I’ve always had an amazing resource for holistic health info right at my fingertips. My greatest teacher about natural health was, and is, my mom. As a nurse, her knowledge of how the body works combined with her fascination about the natural remedies and nutrition impressed me more than any encyclopedia or textbook.

On to the beauty angle: every time I complained about lackluster skin or a breakout during my teenage years, my mom would tell me to eat a few carrots. “They help your complexion,” she told me dozens of times. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s actually true. Carrots themselves aren’t going to clear up breakouts but they are so rich in beta carotene that you do see a glow in your skin after adding them to your diet.

How does the overnight magic work? Carrots are pro-retinol, that is, their beta carotene easily converts to vitamin A, which is one of the skin vitamins. Vitamin A is responsible for cell division and new cell growth. Sans vitamin A, your skin won’t rid itself of old cells as easily and you’ll be left with a less-than-smooth, noticeably dull complexion. The beta carotene in carrots is also a strong antioxidant that boosts immune function and helps protect against UV damage. It’s suspected to be anti-cancer and anti-aging.

The below recipe for Curried Carrot Soup one of my favorites (adapted from Martha Stewart’s own Curried Carrot Soup). It’s going to get me through the winter, and any other time of the year when I’m having doubts about my complexion.

Curried Carrot Soup:

1 tbsp butter

1 cup chopped onion

1 tsp curry powder

3 ½ cups vegetable broth

2 lbs carrots, peeled and cut into 1” chunks

1 ½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

Sautee onions, salt, pepper and curry powder in melted butter for about 5 mins, until onions are soft. Add broth, carrots and 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender, 20 mins or more. Puree batches in a food processor or blender until the soup reaches your desired consistency. I like to leave a few carrot chunks. Season to taste.

*Just to note, plenty of other veggies are packed with beta carotene as well- try sweet potatoes, kale, pumpkin or apricots.