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How Stress Impacts Your Skin with Annee de Mamiel

Annee deMamiel

by The Culinistas

Across the pond lives one of the most prominent holistic skincare experts: Annee de Mamiel. Annee is a leading authority on high performance natural skincare and the effects of stress on the skin. Her work has been praised by beauty insiders and featured in some of the world’s most revered beauty and lifestyle publications. When she’s not on her farm focusing on product production, she spends time in her London clinic treating patients, which often garners year long waitlists. We sat down with Annee to discuss the effects of stress on the skin and what foods to eat to combat said stress. Annee also curated a Culinistas Kit with travel sized skincare products for all your on the go needs, check it out here!

How long you’ve been in business

We have been a business since 2013, but I have been developing my treatments which were the beginning of it all since 2010.

Describe your brand/skin care approach

The secret to skin’s beauty lies deep below its surface, treating the impact of stress on the skin.

Three words to describe your skincare philosophy?

Cause before symptom

Three people you’d like to have dinner with

Brene Brown, Phoebe Philo, and Jacinda Ardern 

Who’s your skin muse?

Audrey Hepburn

Culinary staples in your kitchen

Fresh herbs, olive oil, garlic, lemons, vegemite, bone broth, feta, olives, rocket, vanilla, cinnamon, anything green!

What’s on tap for 2020? 

This year is the unveiling of my life’s work! I have been studying and observing the impact of stress on our skin – chronic stress, unpacking cortisol and how products can work with our innate intelligence to address the cause of the issue we are seeing and feeling! Stress Response Serums are emerging next.

Glowing Skin Menu Picks

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

Oh my goodness I read this and thought “this is breakfast heaven”. Post workout or just a regular day, definitely worth getting out of bed for! A wonderful balance of omega rich seeds, rich in protein, fibre and minerals such as magnesium, selenium, potassium as well as beta carotene as a precursor for Vitamin A and cell renewal. Antioxidant rich as well! Perfect way to sustain me until lunch.

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

This is heavenly – the sweet, salty, bitter, pungent, and cool combination is a perfect balance in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to soothe and all feed the 5 Elements on a hot summer's day! Watermelon is such an awesome fruit as it is hydrating and low in sugar. 

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

You had me at broccoli! Broccoli is full of many vitamins and minerals important for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains lutein, a carotenoid that works like beta carotene, protecting your skin from oxidative damage and sulforaphane, a protective agent against sun damage. It neutralizes free radicals and helps maintain collagen levels in your skin.

Poached Salmon & Spring Peas (with wild salmon, spring pea, shallot, crushed red pepper, lemon)

Well sourced salmon is good for our brain, body and skin. Salmon contains so many amazing building blocks for our skin like omega-3 fatty acids which calms inflammation. Salmon is also a good source of high-quality protein, vitamin E and zinc. It is also one of the few foods which contains Vitamin D, which can have photoprotective effects, against the negative effects of UV rays. Vitamin D is also great for skin cell growth and repair and helps protect against free radicals. Salmon contains astaxanthin, which provides the signature pink color, and has anti-inflammatory effects. All in all, truly a superfood for the skin!

Walnut Pesto Sweet Potatoes (with sweet potato, parsley, walnut, lemon)

I think walnuts are an underrated skin superfood. They are rich in Omega-3 fats that strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients. They are also good for sleep and stress as they are packed with B-vitamins. Vitamin B is an excellent stress and mood manager. Lower stress levels result in a better skin. The presence of the B-vitamins, together with Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, helps in fighting the free radicals induced due to stress. Sweet potato is also rich in beta carotene, a precursor for Vitamin A. While parsley is a little powerhouse, high in flavonoids and antioxidants, vitamins C, A, and E, which can help soothe inflammation, rich in iron and helps with digestion – more than a garnish!

Meyer Lemon Tart (with meyer lemon, black berry, rice flour, agave, egg, butter, sumac)

No summer dinner is complete without lemon tart – my most favourite dessert. This was an instant yes! I am intrigued by Meyer lemons, they’re a hybrid and not as tart as normal lemons. They are rich in Vitamin C, which boosts the immune-system, is necessary for collagen production, and is essential for maintaining the integrity and function of skin and bone tissue. While blackberries provide a rich source of vitamin C and anthcyanins, a type of antioxidant that help to renew your skin cells.

Thank you to Annee deMamiel for providing the beautiful photo.