Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days
Jessica Wu, MD
2011, 374 pages
St. Martin’s Press
New York, NY
Presentation of the information: 3.75
Not light reading, but not a heavy read either. It reads more like a long article than anything else.
Content seems good, solid advice for not only a healthier lifestyle, but one that translates to your face. This book is aimed at anyone (women in particular) who struggle with skin issues (including, but not limited to acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, chronic hives, sunspots).
Dr. Wu includes: Tips / Concerns; Testimonials from both her celebrity and non-famous clients — This generally includes what their problem food is, how they fixed it, and a food journal entry; Q&As; Facts; Pictures (before and after examples of some clients; Recipes; example Menu Plans.
Harvard-educated Dr. Wu believes that diet affects your face. She has first-hand experience of this as well as having helped others dealing with skin issues. Through studying published research and working with clients, she’s determined a few things that can help you clear up your face.
Dr. Wu says it’s the blood-sugar fluctuations that are so terrible for your skin. She recommends a whole food diet (without ever really calling it that). She discusses why certain foods can be triggers and make breakouts worse. I don’t agree with everything she says, but there’s a lot of good information here.
Wu’s acne rules:
- Choose low glycemic index (GI) food
- Avoid full-fat milk and dairy products
- Avoid foods that contain iodine
- Eat more zinc-rich foods
- Eat more omega-3s
She also discusses beauty tips (topics such as how to get better nails or thicker, glossier hair), tanning, and even covers Botox, injectables, lasers, and peels (what you should know if you want to get it, how to find a doctor, etc.).
Dr. Wu is the first dermatologist I have come across that believes that what you eat matters to your skin. This makes sense to me since what you eat affects your heart, liver and other organs and skin is proclaimed as the largest organ in the human body. Dr. Wu does go into why she thinks it does matter and why other doctors don’t.
Dr. Wu’s writing style comes across like she’s just one of your girlfriends. There’s not any judgement about poor decisions, only suggestions on how to move forward from where you are. Had I not already been aware of what your diet can do to you, this book would have been life-changing. I drastically changed my diet quite a few months ago for other reasons, but have still been dealing with acne on my chin. The only thing left for me to change in my diet according to Dr. Wu’s rules is dairy. My husband is lactose intolerant, so we don’t have much in the house. However, I love cow’s milk. And even though I drink organic, grass-fed milk, it may be aggravating my chin. I am currently experimenting on myself. I’ve nixed my milk. I miss it, but my vanity has higher precedence than my stomach/taste buds. If my skin clears up as a result from this, I can live with the loss.