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Beauty Is In The Details: A Skin Chat with Dr. Lara Devgan

by The Culinistas

To celebrate the launch of our Glowing Skin menu, we sat down with experts from across the skincare industry to discuss the foods you eat, and how they make you glow. Dr. Lara Devgan is a board-certified plastic & reconstructive surgeon with an emphasis on skin. She is a huge fan of Vitamin C, an important antioxidant that scavenges free radicals, preventing tissue damage and skin aging markers like brown spots and fine lines. She also stresses hydration of the skin through hyaluronic acid, which makes the skin smooth and boyuant by retaining water. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of the body’s collagen. Foods rich in hyaluronic acid include root vegetables, citrus and leafy greens as well as soy. Devgan sings the praises of Pro Vitamin B5, a main active ingredient in her eyelash growth serum.  “We focus mainly on our actual complexion but having healthy hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows are valuable for framing the eyes, which are the most beautiful and feminine feature of the face,” says Dr. Devgan, “B5 supports the growth of hair by nourishing their environment, allowing them to live longer.” Vitamin B5 can be found naturally in shiitake mushrooms, salmon, avocados, chicken, skirt steak, sunflower seeds, and dairy products.

How long you’ve been in business

I have been in private practice for 7 years, but have been practicing medicine for 13 years.

Business one liner

Beauty is in the details. Also— Never stop innovating 

Three words to describe your brand/skin care approach

Elegant, effective & highly edited 

Three people you’d like to have dinner with

Jackie O, Sarah Blakely, Joan Didion. All strong, smart women who have innovated and reinvented the human experience 

Who’s your skin muse?

Zoe Kravitz

Culinary staples in your kitchen

Espresso, Sriracha, Diet Coke. Thank god my husband is an excellent cook! 

What’s on tap for 2020?

We will see an emphasis on natural beauty, prevention, subtle interventions, and the next generation of injectables. I also think that 2020 is going to be the year that people stop feeling the need to apologize for their own decisions and self-care choices. We are all so unique and we each want to be our own kind of beautiful, on our own terms.

Glowing Skin Menu Picks

Morning Glory Bread (with carrot, zucchini, banana, flax seed, sunflower seed, rolled oat, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar, cardamom)

I love the idea of having a nutritious and satisfying bread with my morning cup of coffee that sneaks in the addition of vegetables. I think my kids would love it too!

Romesco Dip with Sourdough & Crudités (with carrot, red pepper, hazelnut, sherry vin, sourdough bread)

This sounds like an upscale version of one of my favorite light and healthy snacks-veggies and dip.

Grilled Watermelon Salad (with watermelon, sheep’s feta, arugula, basil, mint, shallot)

I love the idea of having a sweet and savory salad that is both tasty and refreshing; the mint adds a nice, summery touch. 

Rainbow Trout with Apricots & Zucchini (with rainbow trout, apricot, scallion, zucchini, thyme, lemon)

I try to eat fish at least once or twice a week, so this sounds like a perfect and simple dinner for my husband and me. 

Shaved Broccoli Salad (with kohlrabi, broccoli, orange, cashew, chive, lemon)

I’m obsessed with shaved brussel sprouts salads, so this sounds like a good twist on my usual go-to. 

Chocolate & Coconut Granola (with cashew, almond, rolled oat, coconut, chocolate, honey, sumac) 

Sign me up for anything chocolate, this sounds like a healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Thank you to Lara Devgan the beautiful photo.