Juice only for a week? An epic skin (and body) cleanse

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

iam stand­ing in front of the bath­room mir­ror, peer­ing at the sore, red mounds mapped out like Orion’s Belt across my left cheek. Af­ter a decade of blem­ish-free skin, I feel too old to buy cleansers tar­geted at teenagers and too de­spon­dent to bother with heavy coverup. Let’s get some­thing straight: I am a beauty ob­ses­sive. I rou­tinely cleanse, mois­turise, in­vest in qual­ity creams, serums, masks – you name it, I ap­ply it. I run of­ten to keep the blood and oxy­gen flow­ing. Do yoga to de-stress. Eat my five-a-day and take my vi­ta­mins. More of­ten than not, I’m that green juice-swig­ging hip­pie in the health food shop ex­tolling the virtues of chia seeds and stock­ing up on Peru­vian su­per­foods in an at­tempt to achieve the glow­ing com­plex­ion of Miranda Kerr.So where am I go­ing wrong? Like any­one, I have my vices – cof­fee, wine and a pasta pas­sion that would ri­val an in­sa­tiable Ital­ian’s – but these I con­sume in mod­er­a­tion. So, af­ter one break­out too many, I take my weary, pim­ple-rid­den face to meet Fiona Stander, founder of Juice Revo­lu­tion, to learn about her detox pro­grammes de­signed to of­fer the ben­e­fits of a juice diet while elim­i­nat­ing the ob­sta­cles for on-the-go people with­out the time or the equip­ment to juice at home.

Dur­ing the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, Fiona’s dig­i­tal scale analy­ses my body’s com­po­si­tion – wa­ter, mus­cle, fat, vis­ceral fat, BMI and meta­bolic rate – and sends the data to her lap­top. I raise con­cerns about not want­ing to feel hun­gry and she ex­plains that the pro­gramme isn’t de­signed to de­prive the body but to feed it with nu­tri­ents and give the colon, in­testines and liver a break. She pre­pares me for pos­si­ble side ef­fects that in­clude headaches, fa­tigue and (more) spots then sup­plies me with 42 juices – blended, bot­tled, blast-frozen, la­belled and packed in a com­pact box to take home.‘ How chal­leng­ing is it re­ally con­sum­ing just juice for an en­tire week?’ I ask ap­pre­hen­sively. Fiona smiles, prom­ises I will feel amaz­ing and re­minds me she’s only a call away.

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