Kate O’Brien’s new book GLOW: Your Complete Four-Week Guide to Healthy, Radiant Skin with 60 skin nourishing recipes is one of those books you read and then keep coming back to. It’s jam packed with great tips and advice that is both practical and accessible. It contains a healthy dose of science but won’t bamboozle you. The design is clear and fresh. The recipes are easy to follow and include a range of ingredients that are easy to find and great for your skin and inner health too.
Kate O’Brien is an expert in both nutrition and cosmetic science, with a particular interest in skincare. I first met Kate on a spa press trip to the launch of Mandarin Oriental Marrakech and we had an instant connection. We’ve been friends since.
She has written this comprehensive guide called GLOW to cut through the crap really. There’s loads of misinformation surrounding best practice when it comes to skin. She offers scientifically grounded facts about how skin really works at a cellular level to help you create strong new foundations for better skin – for life. I loved the section on great oils for the skin and the chapter on the gut and sleep. Such key topics for anyone who wants to care for their health, wellness and skin! Ingredients are broken down, explained and given a nutrient profile with tips on how to cook.
The book is a step-by-step guide designed to be followed for four weeks for optimum results, with simple meal planners, easy-to-follow shopping lists and more than sixty fresh, tasty and seasonal recipes. My personal favourite include: GLOW Frittata and Courgette and Almond Soup to the Spring Asian Style Salmon Bowl. Sweet treats are on the menu but with rescues or no sugar (where possible). Check out the Walnut Brownies recipe.
As well as the revitalising skin-centric GLOW plan, the book is filled with information on factors, both external and internal, which impact our skin. Read about how poor sleeping habits can be detrimental to the skin, how we should really be using sun cream, and how to create your own homemade masks and creams.
Glow: Your Complete Four- Week Guide to Healthy, Radiant Skin with 60 Skin Nourishing Recipes by Kate O’Brien is published by Gill Books priced €19.99/ £17.99.
About the Author
Kate O’Brien has dedicated many years to seeking the soundest skincare advice and writing about it in various publications worldwide. With professional qualifications in both nutrition and cosmetic science, and having interviewed some of the world’s leading cosmetic scientists, dermatologists and skincare manufacturers, she knows what works for skin at every age and stage in life. Kate is also the author of Your Middle Years: Live Them, Love Them, Own Them with Paula Mee. She lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.