While age-old wisdom tells us that beauty comes from within, I’m ashamed to admit I don’t exactly adhere to a glow-conducive regimen: I eat too much sugar, I don’t get enough sleep and I drink a lot of coffee. (Don’t tell my mom.) When I see photos of myself from five or ten years ago, I’m always struck by the radiance of youth that somehow disappeared when I wasn’t paying attention.
So I was excited to try Dirty Lemon’s Skin + Hair tonic, which promised to show me results after just 12 days. For the sake of consistency (and, OK, laziness), I didn’t alter my diet or habits in any other way.
The ingredients include filtered water, cold-pressed lemon juice, marine collagen peptides (which have been shown to improve skin’s appearance in studies), red clover (purported to increase collagen production), horsetail (used as a healing salve on wounds in ancient times) and cayenne (which may have potential to boost circulation).
As I scanned the ingredient list, I was a little jarred to see the words “contains fish.” Yep, the collagen is extracted from fish scales. I’m not a vegetarian or a squeamish eater, so the idea of drinking fish juice didn’t weird me out too much (but I can totally see how it might be off-putting for some). And luckily, there was nothing fishy about the flavor; it mainly tasted like lemon juice and cayenne.