I Feel Pretty


I’ve been obsessed with makeup since I was a preteen. As I’ve “matured,” I’ve discovered that the secret to any truly great look starts with really good skin.

Sure, I drink water, wear sunscreen and get plenty of rest. But I’ve also got a complicated, multi-step skincare routine that includes different cleansers, serums, lotions, creams and elixirs for day and night. There’s also twice weekly exfoliation and what I call “Sunday Skin Day,”
a ritual devoted to masks, peels and any other treatment that might help undo the prior week’s damage.

Kowalski’s Markets offers a few of my favorite skincare/beauty products. Yes, I’m currently crazy for our new partnership with Mendota Heights-based Sigma Beauty, but I’m talking about tastier stuff. Believe it or not, some of the best skincare for your skin is food.

Science tells us that omega-3s can help keep skin supple, antioxidants like vitamin E help protect against free radicals, zinc protects against inflammation and vitamin C helps with collagen production. Beta carotene, lutein and lycopene have been shown to protect against sun damage and may also help prevent wrinkling. Some of my favorite foods (salmon, tomatoes, red bell peppers, nuts, avocados, broccoli and even dark chocolate) may help keep skin healthy, strong, glowing and gorgeous.

Find Perron’s nutrient-filled recipe for Argentinian Salmon at woodburymag.com.

Rachael Perron is the culinary and brand director for Kowalski’s Markets, where she specializes in product development and selection, culinary education and communications. Find more at kowalskis.com.