Moon Juice Beauty Dust
I first found out about Moon Juice years ago from my friend Edyta. I was headed to LA, and Edyta said "You have to go to the absolute best juice bar ever - Moon Juice". Given that she owned a phenomenal vegan eatery and made cold-pressed juice for a living, you bet I took her advice. And went on to fall in love with the Moon Juices and Snacks.
The Moon Juice brand has a magical aura that harkens back to days of old when herbs, plants and potions were used to cure ailments and optimize health. Back when I first discovered the brand, the Moon Dusts did not yet exist. In addition to the Beauty Dust, there is Sex Dust, Action Dust, Brain Dust, Goodnight Dust and Spirit Dust. I figured the Beauty Dust was a good place to start given my job. But who couldn't use more sex/action/brain/sleep/spirit in their lives? So I'll be trying the rest and will report back as soon as I do!
Now to the Beauty Dust. This is a powder that you mix into any hot or cold liquid. I like to add it to either warm water or warm almond milk, and drink it at night as a pre-bed ritual. It really helps me wind down and relax. The taste is pleasantly earthy, slightly sweet from the stevia, with a mild peppery aftertaste. It tastes like it's good for you - in a good way.
So exactly how is it good for you? I went straight to the ingredients list, as I always do, to get the facts. Beauty Dust consists of goji, rehmannia, pearl, schisandra, and organic stevia. I did some lengthy research on each of these ingredients, and learned a few things about traditional Chinese medicine along the way. Here's what I found:
• Goji berries are high in vitamin C, fiber, iron and vitamin A, and contain antioxidant compounds (polyphenols) that fight against and repair cell damage from inflammation and oxidative stress.
• Rehmannia root and flower are used in herbal formulations in Chinese and Japanese medicine, contain vitamins A, B, C, and D, and other compounds that reduce inflammation.
• Pearl powder is used as a cosmetic by royal families in Asia, and as a treatment for acne. It has several amino acids, over 30 trace minerals, and a high concentration of calcium. It's been shown to stimulate the skin’s fibroblasts, help regenerate collagen, and accelerate healing of certain skin conditions and wounds.
• Schisandra berry is one of the most highly protective herbs in Chinese medicine. Strong protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. It’s also an adaptogen: a non-toxic substance that increases the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress.
The combined antioxidant activity of the ingredients, together with their high vitamin and mineral content, can protect your skin from environmental aggressors like sun and pollution, and allow it to repair faster. Their anti-inflammatory effects will soothe the skin, reduce redness and help reduce acne. Hair will benefit too, especially if your diet is lacking in vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy hair growth.
My own experience? Since using Beauty Dust for about two months, my fair and sensitive skin doesn’t seem to get red patches quite as often. Also, I have a burn mark on my neck from a curling iron accident (so embarrassing), and it seems to have healed faster than I normally do. I can’t personally speak to its effects on acne, but the most dramatic result I have heard users describe is that consistent use of Beauty Dust helps clear up their acne.
Beauty Dust is like buying beauty insurance. You can’t go wrong with drinking the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds it contains. And there’s a good chance your skin will become more clear, even-toned and glow-y. So I’m signing myself up for this Moon Juice policy.
2.5 fl oz (US $65) Visit moonjuiceshop.com to buy.