In the event you missed the celery juice craze, you’re in luck. This parsley-family plant loaded with vitamins (K, folate, potassium) and antioxidants remains steadfast in the kitchen — and now in the beauty aisle. Though not a new ingredient, celery can deliver just what your skin needs. No juicer required.
Celery — whose origin “celeri” means “quick acting” — was initially known for beauty benefits in ancient Greek times, as both the plant and its seeds were used for masks to help preserve and prolong skin appearance. More recently, anti-inflammatory and skin soothing benefits have brought it to the forefront of essential oils and Indian ayurvedic practices.
Skin care launches take it a step further, delivering incredible hydration and an array of vitamins — sans pulp — for healthier skin. Inspired by superfoods and wellness trends, skin care brands — predominately those focused on clean beauty — have tapped into the trend.
Stalk These Celery Products
Apto Skincare founder Marta Cros launched two products — Celery Juice Mask and Celery Juice Day Lotion — harnessing the power of the vegetable, touting that it “improves circulation, which can help improve rosacea, scarring, redness, and overall skin sensitivity.”
Celery Green Cream is a collaboration between Volition Beauty and gold-medal gymnast Nastia Liukin, who believes in the power of celery: “Every morning before training, my mother would make me celery juice, and I didn’t realize the benefits of it [until I got older],” she says. After a long few days of traveling and feeling sluggish, Liukin [would turn] to her go-to wellness method, and that’s when an idea clicked: “If it’s really this good for you, can it be good for your skin, too?”
“Celery is 95 percent water,” says celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, “and when it comes to skin, hydration is key.” A devotee of celery’s anti-inflammatory, hydrating, and mineralizing benefits, she promotes celery in her bestselling book The Beauty Detox Solution. While hydration has proven itself a significant benefit, celery juice’s cooling effect also gets rave reviews.
Peony Cosmetics delves beyond hydration into anti-aging. Its Celery Heart moisturizer has a special blend of soothing oils to help reduce irritation and hydrate skin.
But Does It Live Up to the Hype?
Much like celery juice fasts themselves, celery as a skin salve has its naysayers. Board-certified dermatologist Rachel Nazarian is among them. “Although topical celery [contains] antioxidants and [can] fight free radical damage, making it a possible anti-aging ingredient, it would not be superior to others on the market, such as retinol.” She also notes as other serums go beyond celery’s source of vitamin A, C, K, and folate, they provide greater efficacy.
Popularity also often thwarts truth, however. There are more than 185,000 #celeryjuice posts on Instagram. And a man (aka Anthony William) who calls himself Medical Medium not only takes credit for the celery boom, but he also wrote a book entitled Celery Juice, with the subhead “The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide.” He has no research to back up his claims, but he does have Sylvester Stallone, Pharrell Williams, and Miranda Kerr on his side (and in his Amazon book reviews).
And though we are intrigued by Korean skin care brand Ariul’s wheat and celery mask, we also recollect that just last year K-beauty brands were suggesting snail slime. Food for thought.