The celery juice diet has proved one of the most popular diets so far this year, with a range of celebrities endorsing its benefits from Miranda Kerr to Goop-founder Gwyneth Paltrow.
Celery juices have been popping up on health food store shelves and the curious have been putting the diet’s claims to the test, with some even declaring that it ‘changed their life’.
However, while the celery juice diet is said to be a good detox for your body, experts have spoken out against the diet this week, revealing that it can have a harmful, and potentially deadly, impact on your skin.
The British Skin Foundation claim that drinking 16 ounces of celery juice on an empty stomach every morning on the celery juice diet could not only give you wrinkles and age your skin, but it can also raise your risk of skin cancer. This is due to a chemical compound found in celery that could increase the skin’s sensitivity to UVA sunlight.
“Celery is known to contain ‘psoralens’ which can increase your skin’s sensitivity to UVA sunlight,” consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson Emma Wedgeworth, explained.
“UVA sunlight reduces the inflammation of psoriasis – so if you drink a lot of celery juice and sit in the sun, there may be a reaction in the skin.”
“I don’t think this is a good sustainable way of losing weight and whilst UVA can reduce the inflammation of psoriasis, it can also increase skin ageing and the risk of skin cancers,” Emma Wedgeworth warned.
The British Skin Foundation experts are not the first to highlight the potential negative side effects of the celery juice diet.
Dietitian Melissa Meier warned body+soul that anyone inspired to try the diet based on what they’ve seen on social media should be careful.
“Generally speaking, there’s limited scientific evidence to show that celery juice is responsible for the raft of fanciful claims you’ve seen all over your news feed,” Melissa said. “But, for some, it might be helpful in easing water retention.”
“It should also be pointed out the trend was not founded by a medical doctor, or a healthcare professional of any kind,” she added.