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Does Borba Work? Borba review

The Great Borba Experiment

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,

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?

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hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 8 years
the packets that you mix w/ water end up like flavored water - not at all disgusting, which is how Every Single Person describes the bottles. Note to self: don't try the premade drink! I have used the clarifying packets and despite my skepticism, they worked for me! My skin looked great. Because of the price, I used one packet/day (instead of two) but I still noticed a big boost in my skin's appearance. But it's ridiculously expensive, so I checked out the ingredients and figured out that taking a multi-vitamin, a fish oil supplement, 2 vitamin e (400 mg) supplements, and one other vitamin (vitamin C, I think? I forgot) was equivalent to my one-packet-a-day routine. Cheaper to do the vitamins but I do miss Borba because I HATE swallowing pills. I also suspect that drinking the vitamins in liquid form makes them more easily absorbed; I think my skin looks better w/ Borba than w/ the vitamins and supplements. So...if I had the money, I probably would use Borba again.
Kgirl99 Kgirl99 8 years
my friend gave me a free bottle to try and it tasted like candy! the ingredients weren't all that. i haven't seen my friend in awhile so i might call her up and ask her if it's improved her skin. but seriously, it's all marketing. i am really into skin care on the inside and out, and taking supplements such as coenzyme q10, omega-3 fatty acid capsules(i take salmon oil caps), royal jelly caps, and a multivitamin will benefit your skin much more than these fad drinks.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I'm with y'all on the "drinking lotion" thing. My friend was on one of the regimens and she said she didn't really notice anything different. She gave up so I guess I'll never really know if this works :)
I-freaking-rock I-freaking-rock 8 years
I also got a free sample of the pomegranate from Sephora... it was disgusting. I agree with Wackdoodle; it's like trying to drink lotion. Blech.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
i dont use the supplements at all but i do use the cleanser and moisturizer. i started using it during a massive breakout that would not go away, it cleared me up and i even stopped getting hormonal breakouts. if you are going to do the experiment, you should also use the cleanser and moisturizer, its all supposed to work together.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Oh mu gosh this company keeps giving my loads of their products for free and umm it's like trying to drink lotion. I have never made it past two sips without choking and tossing the whole drink. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't I'll never know cause its just gross.
plasticapple plasticapple 8 years
Interesting. I got a sample of this from Sephora last year, but I didn't really know what it was. It's still in my bathroom cabinet. One dose is probably pretty pointless though, huh?
mlen mlen 8 years
can't wait to see the outcome- how are the ingredients much differnt say then drinking a vitamin water everyday?
ladyliz ladyliz 8 years
Can't wait to see the outcome.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 8 years
My roommate sometimes uses this, but I don't think she really sticks to the regiment.
nancita nancita 8 years
Oooh I've long been wondering if Borba does what it claims. I can't wait to hear the results. Great idea.
secrethoughts secrethoughts 8 years
Honestly, I don't think this is worth the money. I take a multi & fish oil supplements, and I drink 3 ounces of Pom Wonderful a day. My skin looks awesome, and it's WAY cheaper than Borba.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Interesting. I don't see how this would work unless it's in conjunction with a full dietary change, though. Like, can you eat pizza and fries and then drink this and your skin clears up? Probably not.
Ainsleec04 Ainsleec04 8 years
I was nearly suckered in when Sephora was selling these on HSN. I'm really anxious to see if they work!
Lala77 Lala77 8 years
Can't wait to see the final results, the before and after pics. Hope it works, but I'm a little sceptical to be honest.
jeeann81 jeeann81 8 years
wow, way to take one for the team! thanks and i look forward to reading your full review...
terrywagner123 terrywagner123 8 years
I heard splenda was causing people to have seizures. I'll stick to natural sugar products, take vitamins and drink plenty of water. meow
emalove emalove 8 years
Interesting!
reginosky reginosky 8 years
i guess i must fall easily for marketing schemes, bc i would have read those squares as 9 out of 25 people DIDN'T report a % reduction in blemishes... i had wanted to give this a try when i first saw it, but the sucralose was a deal-breaker. also, while i understand that it is difficult to avoid all sugars when making candy, why, oh why, are the first 2 ingredients in their "gummi boosters" organic cane sugar and organic corn syrup? i thought those accelerated aging, no?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Can't wait to hear more. I on the otherhand leave it up to my vitamins for this.
alysun alysun 8 years
Interesting. I would really like to know how this works and if it does work for that matter.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Would takign a multi-vitamin do the same?
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