insider interview – liz earle

Liz Earle

One of the most famous names in the skincare industry (she even has an MBE for her services to it) Liz Earle has always viewed looking good from an holistic standpoint. In an industry obsessed by technology her natural approach is as refreshing as it is convincing. Here she shares a few insider thoughts on male grooming.

GG: Best skincare tip?

LE: Cleansing is the foundation to great-looking skin.

GG: Best credit-crunch busting grooming tip?

LE: Multi-tasking skincare is a great way to make your routine work harder for you. It’s worth using the pure muslin cloth provided with our Liz Earle for Men Cleanse & Polish, for example, as this gives the skin the added benefit of daily light exfoliation. This in turn helps speed up skin cell renewal, lifts away dead skin cells and unblocks pores.

GG: Most common mistake men make when it comes to grooming?

LE: Not enough men moisturise and moisturising is key to keeping your skin in a healthy and hydrated condition. Moisturisers essentially work by preventing transdermal moisture loss from within the upper levels of the skin. The best ingredients for helping the skin to retain its own moisture reserves are plant oils, as they mimic the skin’s own naturally effective moisture barrier, sebum. Look for moisturisers with a high content of natural source vitamin E and hyaluronic acid (a natural moisturising factor found in younger skins and some good rehydrating skin serums) and apply after shaving each day.

GG: Next big grooming trend?

LE: You only have to look at the number of new men’s grooming lines to realize that men are becoming ever more concerned with maintenance regimes. There has also been a rise in the demand for specific spa treatments for men as they are becoming more vocal about wanting to stay looking their best.

For more info on Liz’s men’s range click here.

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the prawn ultimatum

prwn3You know, the body is a funny old thing. I’m a firm believer that it intuitively knows what it needs to function adequately, particularly when it’s under stress. Hence those weird cravings we all get now and then (seemingly, people who are depressed often instinctively reach for bananas which happen to be rich in tryptophan, a substance with positive mood-altering effects).

Of late, my own particular obsession has been with prawns. I’ve had them three times this week already. Much to my shame, I’ve even stolen them from my own cats’ mouths in a ‘one for you… two for me’ con-trick. Not quite reason to call the RSPCA, I know, but it’s still not behaviour I’m proud of. But what can you do when you suddenly find yourself prawn-dependent?

Today though, whilst leafing through Liz Earle’s excellent Skin Secrets book, the scales fell from my eyes. According to Liz (and I have no reason to doubt the word of someone with such great skin), people with inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis are often deficient in a certain mineral – namely zinc. Now, I know you’re thinking ‘where is he going with this?’ and more probably ‘I wish he’d get there faster!’ but bear with me.

You see, for several years now I’ve suffered from sporadic bouts of psoriasis – mostly on my elbows but sometimes on my face and torso – and of late it’s been particularly active. Prawns, in case you didn’t know, just happen to be one of the best sources of (you guessed it) zinc. So I’m convinced this is my body’s attempt to heal itself from within.

So for anyone out there suffering from a similar skin nasty, why not join me in the 30-day ‘zinc challenge’ and see what happens? For those unable to eat shellfish because of religious reasons (or for those left traumatised by the memory of a dodgy moule and a night spent clutching a toilet bowl) meat, fish and peanuts also happen to be good sources of zinc.

Illustration by The Egg of Truth

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