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Hit The (Beauty) Books


The phrase “You are what you eat” may be a bit overused in these days of organic living. But as a trio of new books is out to prove, it’s probably a smart beauty mantra nonetheless. Aesthetician Scott-Vincent Borba, dermatologist and contributor Dr. Jessica Wu, and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder have just released tomes dedicated to explaining how proper nutrition can positively impact your skin, hair, and overall appearance. Here, a synopsis of each to help do your face and body good.

Skintervention, by Scott-Vincent Borba

Like the title suggests, this book is about rethinking your routine. As a celebrity facialist (Mila Kunis and Twilight‘s Ashley Greene are both fans) and founder of an eponymous skincare and neutraceutical brand, Borba is a firm believer that the most effective way to treat various skin conditions is through eating right. “Ninety percent of all skin issues start from within,” he says at the beginning of chapter four, which is titled “Eating Your Way to Gorgeous.” After spending about 50 pages helping readers identify their skin type and individual skin issues, Borba delves into the topic of “padding your pantry” with healthy oils, keeping lots of acne-reducing red berries on hand, and the power of juicing your meals for a quick shot of essential vitamins and minerals. DIY at-home skincare solutions and healthy recipes and quick fixes for common problem areas also abound, including this little gem: If you hold an ice cube on the roof of your mouth with your tongue, it will reduce under-eye puffiness. That may seem a little suspect, but since we’re talking about the man who minted a whole range of delicious and nutritious skin-enhancing gummy bears (yes, gummy bears), we’re inclined to believe him.

Skintervention: The Personalized Solution for Healthier, Younger, and Flawless-Looking Skin, $14.95,

Feed Your Face, by Jessica Wu, M.D.

Dr. Jessica Wu’s book seeks to both entertain and inform. After spending years formulating skin-centric meal plans for an impressive celebrity client roster that includes Katherine Heigl, Maria Bello, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Lisa Ling, Wu was persuaded to pen her first how-to guide. In it you’ll find first-person anecdotes from her loyal following and juicy blind items (can you guess which hip-hop mogul has a serious fear of needles?). The nutrition section is designed to solve beauty problems from acne and fine lines to dull hair, with tips on eating whole grains, vegetables, and antioxidant-rich fruits. Her knowledge of edibles also extends to comestibles that can be directly applied to the skin. Honey’s not just for that cup of loose-leaf tea anymore; it’s also a pretty spectacular moisturizer for dry skin.

Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body, $26.99,

The Beauty Detox Diet, by Kimberly Snyder

Ardent followers of Twitter handle mrskutcher are well aware that Demi and Ashton master-cleansed last year. But there are plenty of other celebs who prefer to stick to well-designed meal plans, and often those plans are engineered by nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. Clients like Drew Barrymore, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson are already well acquainted with Snyder’s in-depth tips for getting glowing skin from within, and now her secrets are out in the open. Secrets like relieving acne-prone skin by replacing milk and cheese with almond milk and goat cheese, and banishing a dull pallor simply by cutting out soda, which Snyder says “leaches” vitamins from the skin and makes it dull. But if you take anything away from the paperback, it should be the recipe for her Glowing Green Smoothie (Vince Vaughn recently extolled its virtues on Letterman). Packed with alkaline greens like spinach, kale, and romaine, the shake also boasts cilantro and lemon to clean the blood and liver, as well as fresh fruit to cut the bitter taste.

The Beauty Detox Solution, $16.95,

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