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health insider: louise roe

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The makeover queen, fashion journalist and TV host promises to transform your life with her new book,Front Roe. Here she dishes with Glow on her beauty faves, getting fit and being your own BFF.

Head-to-toe style
“Every woman should have a full-length mirror. It’s important to know your body shape, knowing where the body curves in and out and where your best bits are, and work with clothes that flatter your silhouette. Looking in a full-length mirror is a good start."
Career success
“I don't think it’s luck as much as good timing mixed with a little ambition. I saw that Vogue’s website was launching a TV channel, and I wasn't nervous to make contact. I thought, well, the worst that can happen is they say no. That's still my attitude: Just go for it.”
Exercise philosophy
“I like to switch between the Pilates reformer, Barry’s Bootcamp and SoulCycle. I love the buzz I get from working out hard, until I literally can’t do any more. I feel amazing after, and it lessens my guilt about having red wine with dinner.”
Healthy eating
“Luckily I don't have a sweet tooth, so I don't crave candy. But I do love a cocktail and salty snacks. If I'm out with friends, I will enjoy myself and indulge, but if I'm at home I try to be better behaved. And my hangovers are worse these days, so that’s a good deterrent. I cook foods that are generally made from six ingredients or less—the kinds that come out of the ground or from plants. So lots of fruit and veg, plus quinoa, brown rice and homemade dressings.”
Beauty foods
“My makeup artist Rachel Wood told me a few years ago that she could see how the avocados I'd been eating had really hydrated my skin and given it a glow. I'd been eating one a day, and I still do. After that, I began looking into more ingredients that are great for skin, and experimented with different smoothies. My most effective one is in Front Roe (see below for the recipe). Also in the book, I show you how to do a face massage. If you've had a boozy night, eaten a salty dinner or are just overtired, your face can look a little more bloated than usual. Drinking lots of water and giving yourself a face massage really helps de-puff.”
Be kind to yourself
“As women, we are tough on ourselves. We demand a lot from our minds, bodies and life responsibilities. You need to put yourself first for a change, to give yourself a break once in a while, enjoy the moment and be present. It’s not always easy. This stuff is really important but often gets ignored.”
Bath time (and comedy movies)
“I try to have one every couple of weeks at least. The heat relaxes muscles, the oils can calm you and the ritual of taking time out to be tranquil and quiet is a crucial step in today's crazy busy world. And who doesn't feel amazing after laughing their head off for two hours? Scientifically, the benefits of laughter are astounding. It releases endorphins so you feel happy, and it lowers blood pressure. Laughing with others creates a comforting kind of camaraderie.”
Beauty, fashion and health, intertwined
“The better you feel on the inside, the more radiant you look on the outside. I’ve given so many makeovers to women who grow to believe in themselves by the end of it. Their confidence is so much higher, and they genuinely look different in their clothes, hair and makeup.”
Travel must-haves
“I’m a big drugstore fan. Vaseline and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant are good for dry lips and cuts—I sometimes use them on my lids for a slicker eye makeup look. I use Yes To Cucumbers wipes for removing makeup. And for dry skin, I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter after getting off the plane.”

Follow Roe on Twitter @LouiseRoe and Instagram @LouiseRoe.

My Skin-Brightening Smoothie
• 3 CUBES OF ICE
• 1 TEASPOON ACAI POWDER: Acai is a Brazilian fruit and a potent antioxidant that boosts energy and digestion.
• 1 TEASPOON GOJI BERRY: Grown in the Himalayas, goji berries have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries as a powerful antioxidant that improves circulation. They contain vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, and E, all of which contribute to better-looking skin.
• 1 TEASPOON CHIA SEEDS: Hailing from South America and having been used consistently in Aztec and Mayan diets, chia seeds are one of the richest plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help make up the cell membrane that allows nutrients to enter the skin cells. Think of them as the nightclub bouncer, responsible for letting a queue of nutrients inside.
• 1 TEASPOON GROUND FLAXSEED: Flaxseed provides more omegas, in particular alpha linoleic acid, which keeps the skin and hair hydrated. The human body doesn’t naturally create omega-3 fats, so you need to get them from your diet.
• 1 TEASPOON RAW CACAO POWDER: This is not the same as throwing a bar of chocolate into the blender! Raw cacao is not the same as cocoa. Cacao still tastes good though, and is packed with skin-friendly magnesium, vitamin C, and omega-6 fatty acids that increase blood flow and promote cellular healing.
• 1 TEASPOON GREENS: You can find powdered greens at most health stores, but the key ingredient I’m talking about is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants and veggies that harnesses the sun’s energy in photosynthesis. It fights free radicals, improves oxygen supply, and helps remove toxins, all of which equals much clearer, younger skin.
• 1 TEASPOON MACA ROOT: Maca is a plant that has been harvested in the Andes Mountains in Peru for 3,000 years. Along with numerous health benefits, it is known to reduce acne and blemishes.
• 2 WALNUTS: These reduce breakout-causing acidity in the diet.
SPRINKLE OF CINNAMON: Besides smelling like Christmas, cinnamon balances your blood sugar levels and fights off sugar cravings.
• 1/2 CUP COCONUT WATER: Antioxidants and cytokinins present in coconut water have an age-defying effect on skin, plus it’s full of electrolytes, which makes it a more hydrating drink than water. Make sure you buy the raw, unsweetened variety.
• 1/2 CUP ALMOND MILK, UNSWEETENED: A great alternative to dairy, which can cause breakouts for a lot of people, almond milk is full of nutrients like vitamin B2 (also known as riboflavin) and E, which hydrate cells and protect the skin from sun damage, respectively.
Reprinted with permission from FRONT ROE © 2015 by Louise Roe, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

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Lisa Hannam

Lisa Hannam is Glow's health editor and unofficial guinea pig for test-driving new workouts, fitness gear and nutrition trends. When not combing through food label claims and evaluating new vitamins and supplements, Lisa can be found at her desk most days, translating the medical journal jargon into understandable English. Follow her on Instagram @lisahannam, Twitter @lisahannam, as well as on Pinterest at pinterest.com/lisahannam and tumblr at lisahannam.tumblr.com.

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