Would you put a smoothie on your face?

By Anonymous

Would you put a smoothie on your face?

Would you put a frozen drink on your face?

Salma Hayek is banking on it. She is just one of a number of celebrities backing mail-order smoothie kits meant to beautify you from the inside out — and, in Hayek’s case, from the outside in.

Juice Generation is now offering three new drinks concocted by Hayek that double as face masks: Blend it, drink it, smear it on your skin, and the actress claims you’ll see glowing results. Hayek, who says she was inspired by her grandmother — a “witch” who often whipped up complexion remedies in her own kitchen — is a co-creator of the juice company’s “Blend It Yourself” kits.

The best part about them is the taste. They’re full of refreshing fruits and vegetables such as papaya, pear, avocado and nopal cactus fruit. As for slopping them onto your skin? After applying the green gunk with a brush, I experienced a sensation bordering on brain freeze. Not exactly pleasant, but the aloe and cucumber left my skin soft, tight and calmed. Another blend contains “superhero cubes” of hibiscus, rose water and calendula, which supposedly have anti-inflammatory properties.

But the cooling sensation probably has little to do with its ingredients, and more with the drastic temperature change, says aesthetician Sharon Boes, director of education at facial clinic Skin Laundry.

“It can be great if you have some sun exposure, because the cold can calm and soothe the skin,” she says. But, be careful, she adds: “Major temperature changes can do more harm than good to your capillaries, and can lead to redness, or a tight, taut feeling that could be uncomfortable.”

A subscription of six cups starts at $48, and so, as Boes says, you may be better off with formulas that help natural ingredients actually penetrate the skin, making them “more effective.”

Another company is touting the beauty benefits of its mail-order smoothies — not from slathering on the ingredients topically, but by consuming them.

Daily Harvest, whose investors include Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams, ships a combination of produce picked and frozen at peak ripeness to maintain its optimal nutrition, the company says.

It charges $47.94 for six smoothies a week, one available variety of which is the blueberry and hemp booster — a fibrous, nutty smoothie containing anti-oxidant-rich blueberries. Many of the drinks also include healthy fats, such as those found in avocados and walnuts, which are also good for the skin, Boes says.

Still, you’re not going to get all that many skin-care benefits from eating or applying these mixtures to your face, Boes says.

“It’s not like you can just eat something and think you’re going to have the world’s best skin,” she says. “Even when you’re eating healthy food, your skin is [still] vulnerable to the environment around it.”