Liz Earle talks to The Resident about wellbeing, life in Battersea and her new book, Skin: 6 Weeks to Beautiful, Radiant Skin at Any Age
Words: Bethan Andrews
Liz Earle MBE is a pioneer when it comes to health and beauty, having revolutionised how people think about skincare. It turns out she herself is the perfect advertisement for this. As I meet her in the lobby of The Soho Hotel, she exudes natural beauty, and is brimming with positive energy.
With her new book Skin: 6 Weeks to Beautiful, Radiant Skin at Any Age, out in September, Earle is keen to get her message across. The first third of the book is about what to use on your skin, while the last two thirds are about what to eat and drink for radiant skin.
‘You have to stay hydrated. We know that a lot of headaches are caused by dehydration, so rather than reach for a painkiller, drink two large glasses of water and within 10 minutes your headache should subside,’ she says. ‘I would also advise everybody to add daily probiotics or fermented foods to their diets.’
Wellbeing is at the core of everything Earle does, and her website Liz Earle Wellbeing provides advice on living well. Earle herself is busy and needs constant energy. She divides her time between her home in Battersea and her home in the country.
‘I’ve gone back to TV on This Morning where I started my career and I’ve got a regular slot where I discuss ideas. I’m really focusing on the things that I’m passionate about, such as issues of sustainability. I’m a sustainable, pasture-fed farmer when I’m at home in the west country,’ she says.
‘My work with farming has made me look more broadly at other areas of sustainability, like the amount of plastic that we’re using. I’ve always been a fan of the BRITA filter, so when I heard they were doing a survey looking into the use of single-use plastic bottles, I decided I had to get involved.’
Sustainability has been integral to her business. ‘When I first started Liz Earle, we wanted to do the right thing,’ she says. ‘We were the colour green on a shade chart, but it didn’t have the same political statement as it does now.’ This meant they built the business on botanicals, a renewable resource.
Is there a place in London that Earle escapes to in order to nurture her wellbeing? ‘Battersea Park is amazing. I try and touch base with it every day I’m in London. It’s such a pleasure to see, especially the herb garden.’
Liz Earle, ambassador for BRITA, is encouraging people to consider the environment by using reusable plastic bottles on the move
Liz’s Top 5 Body Tips
1 Never allow yourself to get thirsty. Once you’re thirsty, you have already been clinically dehydrated for 20 minutes.
2 Get a re-usable bottle, as the plastic soup that is arriving in our oceans is going straight into our food chain.
3 Always protect from UV rays with a big sun hat – even on a cloudy day.
4 Your skin can get quite overloaded with different skin products, so stick to a good one but cover up with large sunglasses too.
5 Organic milk or no milk!
6 Be aware of the amount of sugar you eat, as it has an ageing effect on the skin but balance it! Small squares of dark chocolate are fantastic and can be good for you.