Feed Your Face: Dr. Jessica Wu Offers Skin Care Tips, Celeb Secrets

PHOTO The cover of the book, "Feed Your Face" by Jessica Wu M.D.
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Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu explains how her diet improves your skin by eliminating blemishes and reducing wrinkles.

In the book, Wu shares celebrity skin secrets and reveals how a well-stocked pantry can actually promote better eating habits.

Read an excerpt from "The Feed Your Face Philosophy" below or click here to check out her website.

The Feed Your Face Philosophy

Not long ago, during a routine checkup, one of my regular patients marveled at the fact that I basically wear fitted skirts and sky- high stilettos day in and day out. It's not that she's not into fashion— Maggie has a closet full of designer duds and a truckload of Manolos and Jimmy Choos. She's even hired a stylist to help her navigate the trendy boutiques of Beverly Hills— she just can't pull an outfit together on her own. Her unor ga nized and overfl owing closet had become overwhelming, so every day (and I do mean every day) she reaches for the exact same thing: jeans and a plain white tee. (Luckily, she lives in Malibu, a place so casual that people wear jeans even to church.) Th e thing is, I totally get Maggie's predicament, because the way she feels about her closet is the way I used to feel about my pantry.

I've never been much of a cook (much to my mother's disappointment), and 12- hour days at the office leave little time to prepare gourmet meals. Before, I'd do my grocery shopping at the end of a hectic workday, with a growling stomach and dwindling patience. I'd rush in, grab what ever was on sale, and get out as quickly as possible. And when I was really busy (like during awards show season, when I'm on every actress's speed dial), the groceries would get shoved into the pantry according to the way they were bagged at the store— randomly.

The Feed Your Face Philosophy

Food got lost in the back of the cupboard. I always managed to forget what I'd bought. And I'd end up reaching for my favorite (and sometimes least healthy) snacks— my old standbys, the jeans and T-shirts of my pantry. What I've learned is that when I do take the time to shop and can come home and put everything away properly, I end up eating better. No desperate handfuls of potato chips to satisfy a midday craving, no cold cereal for dinner because there's just nothing else to eat. (I also discovered that if you plan your meals ahead of time, you can make the best use of what's already in the pantry and waste less food— which means more money left over for shoes or what ever you'd rather be shopping for!)

Th e Feed Your Face Diet is the culmination of everything we've talked about in the previous eight chapters— how to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, boost UV protection, fuel collagen production, heal acne, reduce infl ammation, and soothe rashes— organized into a month-long meal plan that takes the fear and stress out of eating for healthier, more beautiful skin.

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