UN­DER THE SKIN

The skin­care icon on farm life, smart nu­tri­tion and her se­cret for younger-look­ing skin

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Skin­care icon Liz Earle opens up

MY FOOD

I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in the link be­tween nu­tri­tion and great skin. Gut health is re­ally im­por­tant for ev­ery­thing from en­ergy to slow­ing the age­ing process. For sev­eral years, I’ve eaten lots of live and fer­mented foods to pro­mote the ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria in my gut. I start my day with a plain live yo­ghurt sprin­kled with nuts, seeds or muesli, then at lunch I’ll have a salad with bac­te­ria-boost­ing pro­bi­otic foods like chick­peas, as­para­gus or ar­ti­chokes. Din­ner is usu­ally a dish high in re­sis­tant starch, which pro­motes good bac­te­ria in the gut, such as potato salad or sushi. I eat a lot of home­made sauer­kraut and ke­fir, too. I limit re­fined carbs and eat al­ter­na­tives that help my di­ges­tion, such as sour­dough bread. If I’m on the go, I add pro­bi­otic pow­der to meals. Since I’ve been eat­ing for my gut, my mood and en­ergy lev­els have re­ally im­proved.

MY FIT­NESS

I’ve re­cently started run­ning. I’ve built up my dis­tance to 3k and I’m hop­ing to crack 5k by the end of sum­mer. I go three times a week – there’s noth­ing like the feel­ing of brac­ing fresh air on my skin when I run in the coun­try­side. I hate skip­ping a ses­sion if it’s rain­ing, so I hop on the tread­mill, but it’s not quite the same. I try to fit in any ex­er­cise – in­clud­ing yoga or Pi­lates, which are great for stretch­ing my hips and spine – be­fore the day gets go­ing, oth­er­wise other tasks can crowd my sched­ule. In the coun­try­side, it’s easy to get out­side and stay ac­tive – es­pe­cially when you have dogs that need to be walked.

MY FACE

I keep my beauty rou­tine sim­ple so I don’t over­load my skin. I use a gen­tle cleanser, such as my Liz Earle Cleanse & Pol­ish Hot Cloth Cleanser (from £6, uk.lizearle.com), which doesn’t strip ben­e­fi­cial mi­crobes from my skin or dis­rupt its ph bal­ance. For colour, I love Bobbi Brown’s wa­ter­proof eye­liner (£24, bob­bibrown.co.uk), which stays in place all day, and Char­lotte Til­bury’s Beach Stick Las Sali­nas (£30, char­lot­tetil­bury.com) – a very pretty pinky peach shade that works on my lips as well as my cheeks. What you put in your body counts too, so I use skin-friendly olive oil and rape­seed oil lav­ishly in cook­ing and take evening prim­rose oil sup­ple­ments to re­duce skin in­flam­ma­tion.

MY FO­CUS

I’ve al­ways loved what I do, so work has never been a chore – but tak­ing a step back and al­low­ing my­self to re­lax is im­por­tant. I find walk­ing around my West Coun­try farm, with grass un­der­foot in­stead of pave­ment, very re­lax­ing and ground­ing. I’m nat­u­rally so­cia­ble and love to cook for fam­ily and friends – I find it a men­tal switch-off to share a bot­tle of wine and great food with a kitchen full of peo­ple I love. Work/life bal­ance is a chal­lenge, but I’ve learned over time that you can’t be per­fect, and if it’s mostly right, most of the time, then that’s okay. Sleep, how­ever, is my main pri­or­ity. I need a good eight hours to func­tion prop­erly.

STATS Age: 54

Job: En­tre­pre­neur

Fit­ness MO: Outdoor run­ning

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