When your parents told you to “eat your greens,” little did they know you’d be able to gulp them down in so many different ways. The latest green craze to sweep the internet comes in a little bottle with a glass dropper and is just as visually pleasing as you’d expect any viral trend to be. It’s liquid chlorophyll, and TikTok users have been drinking glasses of water infused with the potent green liquid for alleged benefits including but not limited to clearer skin, fewer wrinkles, healthier hair, neutralized body odor, and general “detoxification.” The ingredient has caused such a frenzy thanks to the claims that a dropperful in your water will provide an extra boost of health in a way that only something as deeply, intensely green as liquid chlorophyll would be able to do.
But what exactly is chlorophyll, anyways? A word you might not have heard since high school, chlorophyll is a green pigment that is part of the photosynthesis process. The pigment helps plants to absorb solar energy and convert it to chemical energy. This naturally-occurring substance isn’t water soluble so many chlorophyll supplements or drops contain chlorophyllin, a derivative that could potentially be better absorbed by the body. According to TikTok, all you need to do to reap the wellness benefits of this supplement is to drink 15 drops in a glass of water. Those who have tried the drops themselves have described the taste as earthy, slightly sweet, slightly minty, and “like water” which, for those who drink their chlorophyll in water, is rather self-explanatory.
There’s no denying that the general concept makes sense. Consuming dark, leafy greens has been linked to glowing skin thanks to the beta-carotene and anti-inflammatory nutrients found in veggies like kale, Swiss chard, and spinach. Hydration is also an important part of a skin-friendly diet as just plain water has long been touted as the easiest (and cheapest) solution to happier skin, which might partially explain the skin improvement that TikTok has been attributing to chlorophyll. Dozens of teens have taken to TikTok to document their liquid-chlorophyll-drinking journeys specifically for treating acne but there haven’t been extensive or conclusive studies done on the skin benefits of ingesting chlorophyll. In fact, according to Dr. Azi (@skinbydrazi), there are a “few small studies [that] show topical chlorophyll helps reduce acne inflammation but drinking a lot of chlorophyll can cause digestive problems.”
Chlorophyll can potentially topically soothe and revive your skin as well. If you’re looking to hop on the super-ingredient train to supplement your skincare routine, dermatologists are quicker to recommend chlorophyll products that topically reduce skin inflammation (like the Cocokind Organic Chlorophyll Mask which contains spirulina, wheatgrass, and chlorella powders) rather than ingesting chlorophyll in hopes of long-term skin benefits.
Regarding incorporating chlorophyll into your diet, Dr. Steph Grasso (@stephgrassodietitian) pointed out that consuming a cup of spinach gives you the same amount of chlorophyll as one dropperful along with additional vitamins, minerals and fibers. @Dermdoctor, aka Dr. Shah, also took to TikTok to mention that although it does offer anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits, there is a small risk of a blistering rash called pseudoporphyria. Like Dr. Grasso, Dr. Shah prefers to get his chlorophyll from salads.
Chlorophyll is also the reason for naturally-occuring shades of green, which happens to be fashion’s it-color of the season. Pantone colors Mint and Green Ash are two of our favorites, along with the perfect shade of emerald green that’s been dubbed “Bottega Green” — Daniel Lee’s color of choice for his Spring/Summer 2021 collection for Bottega Veneta. It’s no wonder that after a winter defined by being cooped up in our houses thanks to less-than-ideal weather and COVID-19, the world is grasping for signs of vitality in healthy, nature-inspired greens in soothing shades that range from light mint to deep pine. After all, what’s more life-giving than hues that indicate the first signs of spring?
However when it comes to food, it seems like you might be better off sticking with the salads for now, especially considering the fact that high-quality chlorophyll drops will run at a much higher price point than a bag of mixed greens. The verdict is clear — the prevailing skincare advice is still to hydrate, eat a varied diet of dark leafy greens, fruits, veggies, and to topically treat the skin with a regime that will vary from person to person, consulting with a dermatologist as needed. Liquid chlorophyll might not be a drop-everything-and-buy-it-now option but at the very least, the pretty green drops will ensure that your H2O is trendy and 2021-approved.END
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