Liz Earle spoke to me about the secrets of good skin and what foods help create the dream skin we all want.
Liz Earle. Just saying the name makes me think back to being a teenager and being given one of Liz Earle Beauty’s Hot Cloth Cleansers and feeling like a real adult. Having that cleanser meant that I was leaving behind the days of being a kid and taking responsibility for my skin and my life too.
I remember saving up for months to be able to buy just one more Liz Earle product and test it out as part of my beauty routine. Those days are long behind me and they are long behind Liz Earle too. She is no longer involved with or connected to the beauty company she co-founded and in fact now has her own start up, Liz Earle Wellbeing. The lifestyle magazine has given Liz the opportunity to go back to her roots – skin, food and wellbeing. Beauty comes from the inside and Liz Earle Wellbeing is the epitome of this ethos.
I was very grateful to be given the opportunity to interview Liz via email and find out all about what Liz Earle Wellbeing meant to her.
Why do you think the food we eat is so important for our skin?
I’ve been writing the ‘you are what you eat’ message for over thirty years, and am still writing about it today in my magazine Liz Earle Wellbeing, but actually it’s more than that, it’s ‘what we eat has eaten’ that really matters and contributes to how we look and feel.
You are very connected to the countryside, why do you think it is so key to our skin’s wellbeing?
I think that staying connected to the outside world and the seasons in particular is so important for our overall health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that getting outside and exerting ourselves in the fresh air helps clear the mind, lifts our mood and even improves the quality of our sleep – all of which impact on our skin.
Do you think there is a general awareness among the public that good skin starts from within?
I think that there is a high level of awareness now about the ‘you are what you eat’ message, but the next challenge is to make people aware that it’s actually more than that, it’s ‘what we eat has eaten’ that really matters.
There is a lot of hype about natural skin care masks. Is there a particular food based mask that you would recommend, that can be made at home to guarantee good skin?
I am a big fan of kefir, a live super-yoghurt drink packed with powerfully beneficial probiotics. I start my day with a glass of kefir and I also use it as a naturally ‘live’ skin cleanser – I simply leave a layer on my skin at the weekends for smoother, brighter skin.
What would you say are the key ingredients / fruit or vegetable that people should be eating to have good skin for the long term?
There are so many beneficial skin foods and we have a dedicated skin food section on Liz Earle Wellbeing that provides advice to our readers on the health and beauty benefits of different ingredients. Three of my all-time favourite skin foods are:
Nuts and seeds: Excellent sources of vitamin E, nuts and seeds are one of the best foods for glowing skin. Almonds are one of my all-time favourite skin-friendly foods; just a small handful of protein-rich almonds contains half of our recommended daily intake of the skin-saving antioxidant vitamin E.
Yoghurt and kefir: Thanks to their high levels of healthy bacteria in yoghurt, this fermented milk is not only delicious but also very useful for keeping skin radiantly clear and our gut in good health. A healthy gut boosts skin-friendly flora, which in turn leads to smoother, clearer skin. One of my favourite skin food tips is to drink kefir, a super-yoghurt drink, made when kefir grains (a type of fermentation starter) are added to milk or similar liquids.
Eggs: Eggs are one of the most perfect forms of skin-friendly protein – and the organic, free-range kind provides a powerhouse of vital nutrients to help plump our skin. Eggs are also a good source of selenium, essential in the manufacture of collagen to support our skin as we age, leading to plumper, younger-looking skin.
What do you see as the future of Liz Earle Wellbeing?
The next step for Liz Earle Wellbeing, my quarterly digital and print magazine is to go global!
I want to take this chance to say a huge thank you to Liz for letting me take some of her time to speak to me about Liz Earle Wellbeing and wish her all the luck for the future!