Joanna Vargas

How Chlorophyll For Skin Keeps Your Complexion Clear & Glowing

I’m a sucker for a good statistic, so when I read that a bottle of Joanna Vargas’ Daily Serum sells every 11 minutes, I needed to know more. What’s in it? How does it work? Do you offer overnight shipping? Vargas herself happily answered all of my questions and revealed the secret behind the Daily Serum’s success: chlorophyll. Yep, the “plant food” you learned about in ninth grade biology is back; except now, you’ll want to brush up chlorophyll’s skin benefits.

Vargas tells The Zoe Report that the formula for her Daily Serum was inspired by her love of green juice. “Drinking green juice daily helps to oxygenate and hydrate the skin, which means the skin will be better able to rid itself of impurities and bring in nutrients,” she explains, noting that throwing back a straight shot of chlorophyll is on par with having three servings of greens (since chlorophyll is present in all green veggies). “I know great skin is from the inside out, so I thought I should try it from the outside in, too," the celebrity aesthetician, who works with Elizabeth Moss and Sarah Hyland, says.

Her instincts are spot-on. “Chlorophyll can certainly help when thinking of ways to keep your skin looking younger and healthier in a more natural way,” Dr. Devika Icecreamwala, a board-certified dermatologist based in San Francisco, confirms to The Zoe Report. “It’s an excellent source of vitamins A,C, E, and K — these can act to replenish the skin and keep it firm, increase collagen production, and help reduce free radical damage.”

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Of course, the skin can only reap those benefits if it actually absorbs chlorophyll, which is why Vargas decided to bottle the plant-based beauty booster in serum form. “A serum made with organic ingredients tends to assimilate into the skin better," she explains. “Serums tend to be much more concentrated than other skincare products to produce a real, visible result." The “visible result” you can expect to see? According to Vargas, “You’ll look like you’re glowing from 10 miles away,” thanks to increased hydration and oxygenation.

Chlorophyll works for all skin types, per Dr. Icecreamwala, even the sensitive and acne-prone. She says the only risk is that chlorophyll may make skin more reactive to sunlight, so always follow up with SPF. “It's the top-selling product in my salon because it works for everyone,” Vargas adds.

Perhaps this universal appeal is why the ingredient is trending in more ways than one: Ingestible chlorophyll supplements are on the rise, too — most notably, via Chlorophyll Water, a new celeb-loved beverage (Jamie Chung and Audrina Patridge are fans) infused with chlorophyll, lemon juice, spearmint, and a slew of skin-healthy vitamins. It's also found in Cocokind’s Chlorophyll Mask (which can be used directly on the skin or stirred into water as a dietary supplement) and Agent Nateur Holi(Youth) Oceanic Adaptogen powder, created in collaboration with functional medicine expert Dr. Will Cole.

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“As part of its antioxidant function, drinking chlorophyll can give skin a natural, refreshing glow and promote efficient detoxification,” Amanda Sylvie, a functional and integrative registered dietitian nutritionist, tells TZR. “One might even call chlorophyll an anti-aging remedy, because it is protective against the dermal effects of ultraviolet lights and can reduce wrinkling of the skin.”

Ready to make like a plant and feed your face with chlorophyll? Ahead, the 11 products to try for hydrated, oxygenated, plump, pollution-protected skin that glows.

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Daily Serum

$85

Joanna Vargas

"My own Daily Serum contains oat grass juice, which boosts your lymphatic system, and chlorophyll, which oxygenates the face," Vargas tells TZR.

Zen Ultracalming Serum

$29.95

bioClarity

Beauty brand bioClarity developed its own clinically-proven form of chlorophyll, which it calls "Floralux." The brand says it "reduces the appearance of redness, fights free-radicals, and speeds cell turnover."

Chlorophyll Mask

$19

Cocokind

“Our customers love the chlorophyll mask because it is customizable and multi-functional,” the brand tells TZR. “Our mask is also safe enough to drink with water for that superfood boost.”

Detox Serum

$80

Angela Caglia Skincare

Made with a blend of chlorophyll, balancing meadowfoam seed oil, pore-clearing tea tree oil, and plumping hyaluronic acid, this serum from celebrity aesthetician Angela Caglia (who works with Sting and Minnie Driver) does it all.

Quandong Green Booster

$34

Ere Perez

The color gives it away: Ere Perez' booster serum is positively bursting with glow-enhancing chlorophyll.

Phyto Corrective Gel

$67

SkinCeuticals

Looking to soothe dry, flaky skin? SkinCeuticals' chlorophyll-filled option also includes glycerin for a double dose of hydration.

Chlorophyll & Tourmaline Brightening Mask

$68

Lilfox

Crystal lovers, this one's for you: Lilfox combines chlorophyll with Brazilian tourmaline crystals because "when massaged into skin, they become positively charged on one end and negatively charged on the other end" which "allows nutrients to absorb deeply into skin," according to a site description. I mean, it's worth a try.

Chlorophyll Detox Mask

$69

PERRICONE MD

When blended with exfoliating papaya enzymes, as in this Perricone MD mask, the "green juice of skincare" penetrates deeply into pores to detox from the outside in.

Siren of the Sea Salt Scrub

$42

Native Nectar Botanicals

Treat your whole body to a shot of the good stuff with Native Nectar's salt scrub, which gets its chlorophyll content from blue-green algae.

Chlorophyll Water

$39.99

Chlorophyll Water

Drinking Chlorophyll Water "is one of the best things you can do. It is a powerful detoxifying, healing and energizing tonic," Dr. Eugene Charles, the author of "Journey to Healing: The Art and Science of Applied Kinesiology" tells TZR. I've personally been drinking this for the past week, and while the jury is still out on results, I love its minty-meets-citrusy taste.

Holi (youth) Supplement – The Ocean Adaptogen

$58

Agent Nateur + Will Cole

Add a scoop to your morning smoothie to get your daily dose of greens.