When Borba launched on the market a few years ago, people were hoping that it would be a magic elixir that cured all of our skin's woes. I was skeptical. While I do think that a healthy diet helps your complexion look its best, I wasn't so sure that drinking a pricey beauty concoction would do the trick.
Ah, but I've decided to go all John Stossel on you by trying it out. I've started with a month's supply of Borba Aqua-Less Crystalline ($100/60 packets) in the Clarifying variety. It promises to "combat oily skin, clogged pores, and impurities." In 28 days, I'll post before-and-after photos so you can see what kind of effect Borba has had on my skin. To use it, you just pour the powder into water, mix it, and drink it twice a day. Some people have complained about the flavor, but I didn't find anything to dislike. It's sweet and tart at the same time — less sugary than Kool-Aid, more so than Vitamin Water.
To find out what I like — and don't like — about the ingredients, read more
On the plus side, Borba has antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract and vitamin E, along with vitamin C. These are all healthy ingredients that have been shown to help skin stay healthy. On the not-so-great side of things, Borba says it's sugar free, but it contains dextrose (a simple sugar) and sucralose (which is Splenda). The latter doesn't thrill me, as I am freakish about avoiding unnecessary sweeteners. My system isn't used to fake sugar, and I've been getting more headaches since I started guzzling Borba.
Another thing that reinforces my skepticism is the "science" reported on the box. Take a look at this graph:
Since the squares indicate people who reported any reduction of blemishes, only nine people out of 25 reported fewer spots. Elsewhere, the box says that "independent respondents reported a reduction in breakouts by 52 percent." That's explained as "of respondents reporting a reduction in breakouts." So, it seems to me that nine out of 25 people had fewer blemishes, and of those nine, they saw about half of their blemishes go away. No great shakes.
But we'll see. I'm going to be faithful to my Borba regimen, day in and day out, to see how it goes. Have any of you tried Borba? Have you seen results, or no dice?