The owner of haute-ve­gan restau­rant Far­macy on DIY beauty and head-clear­ing yoga

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Camilla Fayed on beauty, yoga and city life

My fit­ness

I know some peo­ple get ex­cited about ex­er­cise, but I’m not one of them. I never even thought about work­ing out un­til I had my first child at 23; I wasn’t ready for the phys­i­cal changes – I sud­denly had hips. Luck­ily,

I’ve found a rou­tine that works for my body and mind: a run in Hyde Park most morn­ings, then Pi­lates once a week and two Kun­dalini yoga ses­sions. Yoga has made me stand taller and I love the way it helps me ac­cess my spir­i­tual side. I pre­fer to wear a 100% cot­ton fit­ness kit – but I can’t re­sist a state­ment piece from my friend Stella Mccart­ney’s adi­das line. If I don’t fancy do­ing a class, I’ll go for a walk; my favourite route is from my home in Not­ting Hill to Cam­den – when I’m pass­ing through Lit­tle Venice, with its canal and bridges, it feels like I’m trans­ported out of the city.

My food

I pushed my body to the limit in my teens and early twen­ties, stay­ing up all night and eat­ing badly – but preg­nancy brought me back down to earth and made me act re­spon­si­bly. My days now start with a shot of ap­ple cider vine­gar, hot wa­ter and lemon. Then I’ll make some raw por­ridge with al­mond milk, buck­wheat and cin­na­mon, blended in my Vi­ta­mix. I’m con­stantly in­spired by the Egyp­tian food I’ve grown up around – but I give it a lighter, plant-based twist. Din­ner is family time, and I’ll make a com­fort­ing bowl of soup to eat with my hus­band, Mo­hamed Es­reb, and our two chil­dren, Luna, seven, and Nu­mair, three. I don’t have a sweet tooth so when I want a treat, I’ll reach for a bag of good-qual­ity salted crisps.

My face

My for­ma­tive beauty lessons were the op­po­site of the gilded glam­our I saw in the beauty hall of Har­rods, which my fa­ther, Mo­hamed Al Fayed, owned at the time. My Nor­we­gian mother, Heini Wathén, taught me how to make my own skin ton­ics and per­fumes; now when I do buy skin­care, I’ll look for or­ganic over fancy pack­ag­ing. My favourite buy is RMS Beauty min­eral pow­der – it gives my skin a nat­u­ral sheen and helps pro­tect it from dirt and pol­lu­tion. I still cre­ate my own prod­ucts, though; mix­ing co­conut oil with laven­der to make a mois­turiser, or ad­ding or­ganic cof­fee grounds to make an en­er­gis­ing body scrub. That’s al­ways been my play­time, and now Luna loves mak­ing ‘lo­tions and po­tions’ with me, too.

My fo­cus

Dis­cov­er­ing ayurveda opened my eyes to the idea of tak­ing plea­sure in self-care. Turn­ing my phone off for a few hours in the evening helps me con­nect with what’s go­ing on right now, not what has hap­pened that day, or might hap­pen later. Week­ends spent breath­ing clean coun­try air with my family also help me bal­ance the stresses of city liv­ing. My favourite ev­ery­day rem­edy is

Chi Nei Tsang, an an­cient Asian stom­ach mas­sage that soothes my di­ges­tion and mind. Daily 6am med­i­ta­tions help, too. My fa­ther’s work ethic has def­i­nitely been in­grained in me, but I’ve learned that, by tak­ing time to do th­ese lit­tle things,

I’m able to be more con­nected and cre­ative in ev­ery­thing I do.

Age: 31

Job: Restaurateur

Fit­ness MO:

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