Can a Cocktail Improve Your Skin? Let's Hope...

MakenzieR on 12 May 2011 at 3:00pm

Would you pay $22 for a nightcap that claims to rejuvenate your skin? That's what NYC nightclub Provocateur asks for one of their spa-inspired cocktails -- each crafted with special ingredients to combat common skin complaints. 

On the menu: the Raspberry Pepper Heat, “designed to diminish skin’s fine lines,” and the Soothing Cucumber “to lock in hydration.” According to Frank Bruni at the New York Times, who sampled from a menu exclusively reserved for celebrities and power players, there are "nearly 20 of them [cocktails], divided into categories like age-defying, firming, replenishing and glow."

The alleged skin-saving ingredients in these libations are the "crystalline" supplements produced by beauty vendor-to-the-stars Scott-Vincent Borba. According to Bruni, Borba refers to these as "skingestibles." 

Cocktails that improve your skinIf you've got one eyebrow raised and are staring at the screen thinking "Really? A drink that diminishes wrinkles?", you're not alone.

Celeb dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler is doubtful, too. "“Nothing in a cocktail will give you younger skin," she told Bruni. "But your judgment might be impaired, and you might see Angelina in the mirror.”

Even if Borba's crystallines do exactly what they claim, the alcohol negates potential skin-savers. According to Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Rand, "Drinking alcohol to any excess will have a diuretic effect and will dry out your skin. Sun exposure coupled with the alcohol consumption is a formula for bad skin." Still skeptical? "Just look at the [Real] Housewives of Orange County for some real live examples!" he adds. 

If a cocktail claims give you better skin, why not try it? Especially if you're going to drink anyway. That's assuming you could even find a friend of friend to let you in to the club. But at $22 a pop and with questionable results, I'd rather stick to a glass of red wine on happy hour anyway. At least that has some proven antioxidents

Do you think there's any merit to these drinks? Worth trying, or total rip-off?

Photo credit: Kirti Poddar and Dana Beveridge on (not Provacateur cocktails),