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