You Really Are What You Eat

A new book makes the case that a balanced diet could be the foundation to healthier skin. The makeup artist behind the eat-better, look-better manifesto tells us about the inspiration for her cookbook-meets-food encyclopedia and gives her beginner tips on changing your lifestyle for the better. Get her motivational advice below, plus see which products you should always have in your medicine cabinet (based on skin type!).

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Rowe chose figs for a salad recipe, because the juicy fruit is high in fiber and helps detoxify the body. When you rid your body of toxins, your skin reaps the benefits. Photograph courtesy of Ebury Press
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Besides dermatologists, nobody knows skin better than makeup artists, who spend countless hours applying, removing, and reapplying multiple layers of cosmetics. The person in charge of matching foundation or color-correcting those dark spots under your eyes knows their skin stuff. And when it comes to overall good skin health, any makeup artist worth their salt knows that it starts with diet. Enter Wendy Rowe, the well-known makeup artist (and Burberry Beauty artistic consultant) who's about to change the way you approach skin care with her upcoming book Eat Beautiful.

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The makeup guru herself, Wendy Rowe. Photograph courtesy of Wendy Rowe

Rowe, who's known for her neutral, no-makeup-makeup aesthetic, has worked all over the fashion industry, styling editorials for top magazines, including Numéro and Vogue Paris, and luxury brands such as Chloé and Burberry. And just a shortlist of her clients—Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, and Gisele Bündchen—shows just how revered she is among fashion's upper echelon.

"You really need to be kind to yourself and look after your body and your mind in order to look and feel at your best." — Wendy Rowe

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In her new book, Rowe talks about skin care that's built around a good, balanced diet. She compiles her favorite recipes by season and provides readers with a glossary of nutrients that help foster healthy circulation for better looking skin, such as calcium, omega-3s, probiotics, and iron.

Rowe chose figs for a salad recipe, because the juicy fruit is high in fiber and helps detoxify the body. When you rid your body of toxins, your skin reaps the benefits. Photograph courtesy of Ebury Press

"I have gathered a lot of experience over the years through my work and travel and I've shared all of the secrets I've picked up in Eat Beautiful—it encompasses everything," Rowe says. "You really need to be kind to yourself and look after your body and your mind in order to look and feel your best. That's become a mantra for me over the years."

Rowe loves a white iced tea for summer (her recipe includes lime and mint)—white tea is refreshing and filled with antioxidants that help protect against free radicals and brighten skin. Photograph courtesy of Ebury Press
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Eating the right foods isn't the only thing you need to have glowing skin (Rowe maintains you still need some products in your regimen), changing the way you consume can majorly influence how you look on the outside. "When it comes to finding a routine, I live such a hectic, complicated life with no regular schedule, that if I can get into a routine of eating well, then I believe that anyone can," she says. She suggests starting out with a little self-reflection. "Listen to your body and work out what it needs, even if you only take ten minutes a day to really think about how you feel it will make a difference."

"Listen to your body and work out what it needs, even if you only take ten minutes a day." — Wendy Rowe

"For most skin complaints, cutting out sugar will have a huge impact. That doesn't just relate to refined sugars; you can also have an intolerance to sugars in fruit," Rowe adds. Other common irritants include wheat and dairy, but you should always consult your doctor before radically changing your diet.

For more nuanced tips for what to eat, you'll have to read the book. Eat Beautiful is now available for pre-order (in the US and Canada) and will be released on June 23 worldwide.

In the meantime, read through Rowe's advice on the products that will give every skin type a good health boost.

Dry Skin

The Product: Natural cleansers

Rowe's Reasoning: "Try to use organic cleansers with natural ingredients that are designed for sensitive skin types," she says. These formulas will be devoid of any skin-stripping ingredients, such as sulfates, in order to keep skin clean and moisturized.

The Suggestion

Cleansing Face Wash by Everyday Coconut, $8, alaffia.com.

Oily Skin

The Product: Coconut oil

Rowe's Reasoning: "Using raw coconut oil is great as a cleanser—it's antibacterial and cleanses excess oils from the skin. Using oil on skin doesn't produce more oil; it actually works to balance and regulate it."

The Suggestion

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $8, thrivemarket.com.
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Sensitive Skin

The Product: Fragrance-free formulas

Rowe's Reasoning: "It's important to avoid artificial ingredients, particularly synthetic fragrances and products that contain alcohol, as these are key triggers for skin sensitivities."

The Suggestion

Purifying Facial Cleanser, $7, walmart.com.

Combination Skin

The Product: Moisturizer

Rowe's Reasoning: "Combination skin needs to be treated on a case-by-case basis, so it's good to change up your moisturizer a couple of times a week to keep things balanced."

The Suggestion

Skin Repair Moisturizer, $40, lizearle.com.

Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe was published on June 23rd and is available to buy in the UK and elsewhere all over the world now. It is available to pre-order in the US and Canada now. Click here to buy.

From: Seventeen
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