The other day I was browsing the aisles at Erewhon when something made me stop dead in my tracks. Drinkable Retinol. You bet I snatched it up and wolfed it down with all the passion of a thousand suns (all desperate to have the healthiest skin ever).
We all know that when it comes to skincare, SPF is number one, and retinol is a firm second. No amount of moisturizing creams, serums, or other actives will give you the results retinol are capable of. And no skincare routine is complete without a retinol product. Here are some articles and videos in case you’re interested in further retinol education. 🙂
- Article on dermatologist’s take on drinkable retinol.
- Article from Harvard on the science of retinol.
- Video from an actual dermatologist explaining the medical take on retinol.
- A short video from Dr. Pimple Popper herself on retinol basics.
So since I knew how vital retinol was and have first hand seen its fantastic effect on my skin, (Nothing else makes it look better than retinol!) I was super interested to see if I could get similar results (or just improved results) from drinking it. I also love the Brand Dirty Lemon and was keen on trying their newest stuff because it usually tastes amazing and comes sans sugars.
So for the taste, it’s good, and I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed it. But the taste is kind of tart and sharp in a way, so it might not be for everyone. It has a lot of lemon water in it, and you definitely taste it, so if you like your lemonade a little on the tart side, you will love it. But if you prefer super-sweetened fruit juices, it might be a little too much bite. The taste definitely isn’t so tart that it’ll make you uncomfortable (like when eating a super sour candy), but it’s not overly sweet by any means. I thought that it tasted super refreshing and I could also taste the pineapple and hibiscus juices too. I think the blend was excellent and I would definitely drink it again even if it weren’t for the skincare benefits. I have only had a few bottles so I can’t fully attest to its efficacy in terms of skincare. Dirty Lemon says it should take about two weeks of drinking a bottle a day to start to see and feel results.
The thing is, it’s pricy as heck, so to be honest, I don’t think I’ll get there. Dirty Lemon charges $65 for 6 16 oz bottles. That’s a pretty hefty commitment, and when I think of how much topical retinol I could buy for $65, I have to decide on whether I could benefit my skin more by putting the money into retinol in the drink or topical form. If I suddenly win the lottery, I’d keep my fridge stocked with the retinol drinks, but for now, I’ll drink it on an occasional basis only.