Glowing inside and out: Wendy Rowe on eating for beauty

Beauty expert, make-up specialist, consultant to the stars and health buff, Wendy Rowe is a firm believer in the adage ‘you are what you eat’. Advocating the power of nutrition for boosting great skin, hair and nails, Wendy’s new book Eat Beautiful equips its readers with recipes and tips to give themselves a healthy nutrient boost. Here’s what she told us about the connection between food and beauty:

You’ve been in the business of making people look beautiful for a long time now and have a list of very well-known clients to your name; when in your career did you begin to explore the connection between food and beauty?

Essentially, in my twenties. And it was to help myself. I don’t think you can advocate something unless you’ve done it yourself; you just don’t have the knowledge to do so.

Do you often make dietary recommendations for your clients?

No, I don’t. Sometimes I will share some knowledge (to try to help troubleshoot) if people ask me for advice; but ultimately, it’s up to them. I don’t ever want to force my advice on people.

Eat Beautiful is full of delicious recipes; could you possibly pick your favourite go-to dish from the book?

It’s really difficult and I can’t really pick just one! I love loads: kale soup is quick, easy and majorly delicious; my jerk chicken takes a bit longer, but I love that one too. The ‘courgetti spaghetti’ is amazing… the chicken satay… Yeah, there are loads I love!

If you could recommend people eat more of one thing to help their skin glow, what would it be?

I’d recommend people drink their water and eat anything with omega 3. Take fish oils or eat oily fish like mackerel.

What type of foods would you suggest avoiding for better, healthier looking skin?

Sugar! As well as dairy.

What have you learnt from the process of putting your book together?

I’ve noticed that I normally cook from what’s in the fridge and I don’t stick to rules. So I’d say do use my recipes as a guide, but adapt them depending on what’s fresh and available to you at that time. Oh and I’ve also learnt that I never time things! I know a lot more than I realised I did about skin too.

What do you hope readers will gain from reading Eat Beautiful?

I hope they’ll enjoy the gorgeous recipes and realise how easy it is to prepare these easy recipes; anyone can make gorgeous food and little changes can create big benefits.

You don’t have to read the book from start to finish, you can just dip in and out. There are lots of easy things you can do that you probably didn’t know about.


Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe (Ebury Press, £20)

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