The concept of edible underwear has been around for years, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to hear about a new trend making its way from country to country: edible cosmetics. Women in Asia and Europe have been indulging in this part of the beauty industry for quite some time now. With edible cosmetics slowly making its presence known in the United States, many are wondering if this latest phenomenon is worth taking a bite out of.
As the name suggests, the products that fall under the category of edible cosmetics are meant to be consumed in order to enjoy the health benefits listed on the label. However, these items are not to be confused with similar products that have already been on the market. The line of products in the “nutricosmetics” category doesn’t include your run-of-the-mill flavored lip glosses or edible body scrubs. From vitamins to drink boosters and special pills, nutricosmetics are designed to promote youth, vitality and an improvement in the skin’s elasticity from the inside-out…literally.
What has helped to make edible cosmetics all the rage in Asia and Europe is the fact that the ingredients in nutricosmetics are all-natural and many do not contain sugar or calories, which is music to any woman’s ears. Common ingredients listed on the labels of these items include but are not limited to: antioxidants, green tea, acai, resveratrol, collagen, goji berry and lutein.
So what forms do these ingredients appear as in the line of edible cosmetics? Believe it or not, there is now a capsule on the market that, when taken orally, has the ability to provide the same beneficial properties as applying traditional sunscreen.
In addition to being able to stay safe from harmful UV rays with one pill, there are similar pill products that promise a natural tan through this same method. Other items worth mentioning in the nutricosmetics family include nutrition bars formulated to provide nutrients for glowing and radiant skin and drink boosters that improve one’s skin elasticity. In addition to these edible beauty products, there is also a tasty new alternative for fans of fragrances. Instead of sucking on traditional, sugary candy, there is now the option of eating “perfume candy,” which not only tastes good but has the ability to produce a pleasant fragrance through the pores of a person’s skin.
However, as fascinating as these items are and as popular as they are becoming internationally, some people may be wondering if nutricosmetics are too good to be true. While there are those that stand by the results they’ve experienced for themselves, others are less than quick to jump onto the bandwagon.
Health and medical experts are quick to point out that aging well and getting favorable results over the years simply boils down to eating right, exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle – not seeking a quick fix in the form of a well marketed product. Of course, such feedback hasn’t stopped fans of edible cosmetics from continuing to stand by their favorite items and since this trend has continued to enjoy booming business in other countries, chances are it won’t be a trend that will burn out anytime soon.